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    • 24 Jan, 2018

    Cat Purchased Online Now Needs New Home

    A black and white cat, who was bought online and later left no longer wanted, is now on the lookout for the purrfect home.

    The one-year-old, named Noddy, was purchased from a website after the buyer recently lost one of their cats and decided to get another. Before buying they hadn’t checked Noddy’s background and didn’t know whether he would get along with their other cat.

    Unfortunately the buyer wasn’t given advice and support on how to introduce the cats correctly and, sadly, Noddy took an instant disliking to their other cat.

    Mayhew’s Cat Welfare Coordinator, Georgina Disney, said: “Had the buyer visited a rescue shelter like Mayhew to adopt a new cat, we would have made sure that the kitty they adopted was cat friendly and that they had all the advice and support they needed to ensure a slow and proper induction was done with their other cat.”

    “After less than a week, when it became clear that Noddy would not accept another cat in the home, the buyer contacted the seller as they had promised that they would have Noddy back if it didn’t work out. But sadly this wasn’t the case and the seller got back in touch to say they had recently moved and was unable to have the cat back.”

    Sadly the buyer decided they could no longer look after Noddy and he was later brought into us. Thankfully Noddy was in good health and had already been neutered.

    Georgina Disney added: “Since being in our care, we have assessed that Noddy does not like other cats and therefore we do not recommend he lives in a household with another cat.”

    Our Head of Animal Welfare, Zoe Edwards, said: “There are so many unwanted animals in rescue centres like ours that have come from people who buy pets without checking their background first or taking into consideration the responsibilities and needs of the pet.”

    “At Mayhew we do not judge and we are here to assist and advise pet owners on the best course of action for their animal.”

    “Mayhew is a member of the Pet Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG), which aims to ensure that pets advertised for sale are done so legally and ethically. It also aims to raise public awareness of the need to act responsibly when buying pets from websites and the need to do research before making any purchase. We ask that owners think responsibly about where they get their pets from and consider adopting a rescue dog or cat instead.”

    After receiving a thorough health check from our Vet Team at our on-site Community Vet Clinic, staff put Noddy in foster with one of our experienced carers, so he could enjoy a loving home environment until he was ready to find his happily ever after.

    As soon as Noddy was ready, he was put up for adoption on our website and is now waiting for the purrfect home.

    If you are interested in adopting Noddy or any other cats in our care, please visit here or call 020 8962 8000.

    Every year our Animal Welfare Officers and Community Vet Clinic respond to hundreds of animals in need. Please consider a donation to help them help even more animals like Noddy. 

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