*UPDATE Louie is now in a new home*
Louie, was 12 nearly 13 years old. This is the information supplied by the present owner:
“Louie belonged to my mother who died recently. He is much loved and this is a difficult process, I find myself in a very alien position of not being able to provide the right environment for an animal under my care. As a family this is causing a lot of worry and stress and for me doubly so as I know my mother trusted me implicitly to ensure his wellbeing. I have had animals all my life and once one is part of the family they are just that and I have never had to consider that they don’t have a home for life. This is heartbreaking for us and we are hoping that there might be the right home out there already looking for someone like him.
He is currently still at my mothers house which is going through probate and he being attended too twice daily by a combination of family members. Other family members and my ex partner also visit him to give him cuddles) This is not the most ideal environment for him but being in his own home seems the least stressful option for him and his wellbeing is important to us. He has settled back into his routines very quickly and we felt that giving him time to adjust and settle back from the stress of losing mum (he was at her side when she was found after the fall) and the failure to integrate in a multicat environment. My Nephew is due to move home once contracts are signed which will leave us with a problem for ongoing care and attention as I work full time and live 20 minutes + away and have my own animals to also look after. Due to having a dog, cat allergies in the family and working away for periods of time a fulltime home with my nephew is also not a viable alternative”
His vaccinations are up to date (they were due this month and were done earlier this week). He is neutered and microchipped (the new owner would need to change this over).
“Once comfortable and has got to know you very affectionate and companionable – a bit stand offish if unsure about you. He is quite a sensitive soul and will pick up on any stress in the household so if in a quiet household is quite a loving companion and is never far away but in a noisy or stressed household will either hide or become vocal and very stressed. Mum was retired so was there a lot of the time so he used to go in and out as he wanted.
He does have a medical history and is currently on metacam. This is due for review before the next prescription. He is also fed only James Wellbeloved food as he has had issues related to food allergies in the past. For the right home we would be able to supply the first couple of months food to come with him along with He is currently registered with Riverside Veterinary in Bishopstoke (my vets)”
He would not like to live in a home with other cats and has not lived with or had any experience of dogs in the home.
“I would say not suitable for rehoming with a young family – he was rehomed with mum aged 5 from a family where, from what I understand, one of boys of the family who had learning difficulties was obsessed with him from very young and once at toddler and above stage used to torment him by constantly chasing him and picking him up roughly then swinging him around. He would try to avoid the child and took to hiding under beds. The mother did her best to prevent this and educate the child but this only seemed to make matters worse so she took took the hard decision to rehome him before the inevitable happened. From the note she passed to my mum it was evident that until this point he had been a settled and well loved member of the family. I am not sure how many other children were in the household.”
“However he is used to visits from well behaved respectful great grandchildren (ages 2 -7) and is currently being fed by my nephew who is accompanied by his 2.5 year old well behaved daughter and follows her around as she helps her dad with his biscuits and food and has taken gentle affection (head stroking) from her. The children are respectful of his space and don’t try and pick him so he seems quite happy to be in close proximity to them. I think this is because he is secure in his environment.”