Sid is a Ginger long haired cat who is approx 5 years old.
( here is what Sid’s Fosterer has to say about him 13th Jan )
In the 4 – 5 weeks or so that i have had Sid, his confidence in me has changed dramatically. The first day he arrived, he was petrified, and hence growled and hissed etc -he is not an aggressive cat, i just dont think he has ever been touched by a human. The first week or so, all he wanted to do was hide away – but now he prowls around my house like he has always lived here!! He is still unsure of strangers, but will only give them a little warning hiss and back away. He still doesnt like sudden movement but again he just goes to his safe place (in my case, this is in his bed in the kitchen).
The first couple of weeks, i couldnt go anywhere near him without him trying to scratch me or growl, spit and hiss at me. These actions are to be expected when he goes to his new home initially, but the change in him, in such a short space of time, will be extremely rewarding for his new owners. All Sid needs to know is that you arnt going to hurt him, and patience and love will go a long long way with this lovely adorable cuddly cat!
He absolutely loves his food, and i have never known a cat with such a sensitive nose!! Again, initially, if we were eating our tea, he would try to claw the food from me (no doubt due to the fact that he had to fight food his food in his old house bless him). He no longer does this. He uses his litter tray perfectly, but he doesnt use the scratching post so if im leaving him for any amount of time, i coax him into the kitchen.
I am slowly getting him used to going in and out of the cat carrier for any future vet visits etc, by leaving treats in there for him. At first he would get the treat and run out immediately, now he happily will take his time as he is aware that its no longer a danger. Hopefully this will take the stress away from him as, im sure you can imagine, he does not like being picked up yet or being in a confined space. Again, purely because he is not used to it and panics.
In the day, he just tends to doze and have a little wander around. At night, he and Nellie run around for a good half an hour playing -and its so lovely to watch. He likes his toys, the ones on the end of string are his favourite, but after a while he loves to take a back seat and watch Nellie play for ages!!
He has now claimed my bean bag in my front room and sits on it watching the world go by like its his throne! He also has now started to sit in the study with me whilst im on the computer!!
I had a massive break through the other day, as i am now able to stroke him, albeit it for only a few seconds, without him backing away. I think because Sid has watched me stroke Nellie, this has instilled confidence in him. I have never felt such a sense of pride for a long time!!!
Re-homing a cat is such a rewarding experience anyway, but to re-home a cat that has been so totally unused to being loved, being fed regularly, touched, etc is something that no amount of money can buy,
and i have no doubt whatsoever that whichever lucky family gets Sid, they will be rewarded everyday watching him become more and more confident in you.