Little lady Nellie was sadly left outside of a local vet. We do not know why, however at least she was left somewhere safe and they contacted us straight away.
As we do not have any background on her, we think she is somewhere between 13-16 years of age. She is a little overweight, so is now on a diet, much to her disgust! She loves fuss and happily nuzzles your legs and hands for some attention when she can get it. Unless you are a vet, then, she is not your biggest fan I’m afraid.
She has just started to play in the cattery, liking to chase a straw toy or kick one of the wind up mice. It’s great to see her doing this and this will help her to lose weight.
She does have a grade 1 heart murmur, however, this does not affect her and should not affect her in any great way as she grows older.
She will just want a nice quiet retirement home to call her own.
Nellie will want a calm, experienced, adult only and with no other pets who she will have to share the limelight with.
As we do not know her background, we do not know if she has ever has access to the outdoors, so if her new home wishes to let her out, once she has settled, she will need a home away from any busy road.
He new family will also need to keep an eye on her weight and help her to continue with her diet
It is important to give your cat time and space to settle in to their new home. Do not flood your new cat with too many experiences too soon. It is very tempting to show off your new addition to family and friends, but try to resist as much as you can. It is better to take things quietly and slowly – let them learn and get used to their new home environment first, building up trust levels and confidence. Make sure you provide safe places for them to hide, along with litter trays and scratch posts. Most importantly, your new addition will need to know where their litter tray, food and water are.
Have toys available to play with so once settled they can exhibit natural behaviours. Play time, along with grooming can help develop the bond between you and your new addition. Ensure you keep your cats indoors for a number of weeks before letting them out, allowing them time to settle and understand this is their new home.
We do advise that you do keep your cats up to date with flea and worm treatments, along with their yearly booster. Don’t forget to update the chip if you move.