Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Bobby Needs a Home

Bobby has definitely decided he loves the good life of a house cat.
OK folks. I've been putting this off. But we really do need to find Bobby a forever home. We would love to keep him but we are only supposed to have 2 cats in our place. The landlord was willing to look the other way when we had 3, but 4 is a bit much.

He has improved significantly since he was neutered and we brought him back from the shelter. There have been no fights and he has decided he definitely loves the good life of a house cat. Before he would freak out if the cat door was closed and he couldn't get outside. Now he lounges on one of the beds or on the couch all day and, if the cat door is closed, he just wanders off to find a soft place to sleep. He'll wander out occasionally to grab some food and give us his adorable "purrrrr-OW" then wander back and find a warm, soft spot.

Just chillin' on the couch.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, Bobby is FIV positive. However, he is not symptomatic and now that he is neutered there is very, very little chance of it spreading. There is a great blog entry from Francis Battista, one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Society, on the subject. Basically there is no reason Bobby can't or won't live a long, healthy life.

Bobby hangs with Kent and "Fluffy."
So far Bobby gets along great with other cats - it was other cats attacking him that caused the earlier problems - and his few encounters with dogs have left him unfazed. He does not mind children provided they aren't too rough. He actually let Kent and Kassie pet him long before he let Kristin and I close. If one of the kids gets too rough, he gives a gentle nip - never breaks the skin - to tell them to back off. Then he goes and finds a quieter spot.

The one thing Bobby will not tolerate is adult males. Aggie, the Animal Control Officer at the Ivins Shelter, and I agree that he was abused by a man or men before he was dumped. He will let a woman get close to him and pet him if you take it slow and easy, but he freaks out when a man gets close. It is the only time he has ever offered any violence. It is possible he may get to trust a man if he is willing to take his time and be very gentle.

Bobby even puts up with Kassie.
So, if you are willing to take in this beautiful, gentle boy, please leave me a comment here or send me an e-mail at SouthernUtahWriter [at] gmail.com. Obviously we would prefer someone in the Southern Utah area just for the sake of easy transport and so we can meet you and make sure you and Bobby get along OK.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Kathryn: What a special soul you are to nurture this kitty,very grateful to your landlord for giving grace this long. I do not meet the criteria, but will ask. Meantime, I will be praying that someone-someway is perfect comes to you to rescue Bobby.
    I will let you know if by some way someone responds when I ask, and I will ask good people. Please let me know if you are able any updates on precious 'Bobby'.

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