Local cat seeks quiet life after escaping Bredhurst bullies


An energetic cat who was bullied by neighbourhood moggies and landed in care three times in just six months is looking for a quiet home where he can express himself without fear or upset.

The nation’s leading cat charity is appealing for considerate owners for Tobias, a fluffy black and white cat who first came to Cats Protection’s Bredhurst Adoption Centre last April when his owner fell ill and could not care for him.

Before long, the sprightly eight-year-old had worked his many charms on a young Kent couple and he was rehomed. But sadly, his over-excitable nature raised the hackles on the territorial neighbourhood cats and he was badly bullied whenever he ventured out of his new home.

Adrian Ferne, Manager at Cats Protection’s Bredhurst Adoption Centre, said: “As a curious cat who likes to explore, it wasn’t practical for Tobias to live there any longer. He was constantly attacked by the local bullies and wound up back at Bredhurst a few months later.”

Tobias’s chances of a happy life looked up again when he was adopted in October, but his exuberant nature and tendency to nip fingers when he gets overexcited proved too much for his new elderly owners and they reluctantly returned him to the adoption centre.

Even finding himself in care for the third time in just six months couldn’t dull Tobias’s high spirits and his Cats Protection carers are keen to match this lovable but boisterous boy with a suitable adult-only home without other pets but with a garden in which to play and explore.

Adrian said: “Tobias is a lovely, friendly lad full of character and charm, but hasn’t learned to control his playfulness. Sometimes he can get over excited and will nip at your fingers. He’s not nasty but he is a livewire who can sometimes be a bit cheeky.

“Once he gets to know you, he is very cuddly and loves to sit on your lap for a fuss. We know Tobias doesn’t get on with other cats, so we are appealing for experienced owners who can appreciate his behaviour and give him the attention he needs to eat up all that energy.”

Tobias is in good health, apart from mild dermatitis on the underside of his chin due to allergies to plastic so he will need ceramic or metal food and water bowls. Brushing under his chin and keeping it clean will also help and, thankfully, Tobias loves the attention.

Tobias is not alone in having behaviour issues. If your cat hasn’t been themselves and vets cannot find any medical cause, a qualified feline behaviourist might be able to help. Cats Protection has put together tips on how to find a good behaviourist, as well as advice on measures to try at home, visit: https://www.cats.org.uk/help-and-advice/cat-behaviour/finding-a-behaviourist.

Can you offer a home to Tobias? Please visit https://www.cats.org.uk/bredhurst/adopt-a-cat?cid=316577 or contact bredhurst@cats.org.uk / 01634 232471.

To support Cats Protection’s Bredhurst Adoption Centre and help them care for more cats in need, visit: https://www.cats.org.uk/bredhurst/support-us.

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