Please pay particular attention to Mouse's medical info. Mouse arrived at Mayhew after he was found as a stray cat. He is much happier and is now looking to find a loving new home of his own. Mouse is a sensitive soul who will need a bit of time to get to know you. When he does, he will show you his friendly cuddly nature where he snuggles and purrs on the bed and will knead the night away. He is an expressive cat though who will let you know when he has had enough. He has a look that tells a thousand words so best to leave him be or let him play and carry his toys about as he will give you a whack if you have not paid attention. In light of his previous lifestyle and current temperament he would be best suited to live in a chilled out all adult home due to his sometimes grumpy behaviours. He will also appreciate a home with people who must have had some previous adult cat care experience and be financially secure to cope with his needs. He would welcome his own garden and ideally have a cat flap fitted so he is free to explore his own patch on his own terms. Mouse has moderate gingivitis that will likely turn into Chronic gingivostomatitis which is an inflammation of the cats gums at first spreading into other parts of mouth. This can be a painful condition for cats and will need on-going management. This could be in the form of pain relief or steroids or even extraction of teeth. No known cause at present but commonly a result of Feline Calici Virus (FCV) which is a form of cat flu (Mayhew do not test for this so this is unconfirmed and he currently seems pain free so has no treatment at present) . He also has a small sebaceous cyst (Fatty type lump) behind his Left ear. No treatment is needed and it is just to be monitored in his new home. He has also been quite resistant to certain flea treatments so he needed a stronger product at Mayhew so you will need to keep up with good quality flea treatments in the home environment.
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All Mayhew cats have been neutered, microchipped and will have started a vaccination course. They will have been medically assessed and treated for any issues during their stay with us and all this information will be passed on to new adopters. We recommend pet insurance for all animals and you are given 4 weeks free to go home with as part of the adoption. Any medical care outside of routine procedures will result in exclusions on a new insurance policy so speak with your preferred insurance provider for more information. The adoption fee (£80) is non-refundable so make sure you can commit to care for a cat for life. This can be 5-20 years depending on the cats age. You should consider your own health, age and housing status as well as your experience before you apply to adopt for an individual animal. At present we are unable to respond to applications that have not been successful due to staff time constraints and logistics around dealing with higher volumes of applications during the current Pandemic. Many Cats will not be listed as being able to live with very young children or other animals (cats or dogs in particular). This is due to the fact we are currently unable for you and your family to meet the animals and for us to adequately assess your current animal and how it might behave with another new cat in the home. Normally we can see the interactions between children and adults alike with a specific cat and know if it is a good fit all around. Under current restrictions this is not appropriate and as such means we have to be cautious in how we approach adoptions. Likewise, under normal circumstances we would be able to introduce your dog to a suitable animal or visit your cat in its home environment and ask more questions about how a new animal will fit in. This is also not possible so unless we have specific history we will not take the risk at this time. Our cats are all behaviourally assessed by our experienced staff and we always act in the cat’s best interest. Our job is to find a cat its forever home and as such some people will be disappointed by decisions we make but our reasons are sound and based on past knowledge of the cat, current temperament and the wider circumstances we find ourselves in. If you are unsuccessful please apply for another cat in the future or you can let us know that you have applied already and we can find your most recent application form. To help your application please give us information on how you would be best suited for the individual cat you have applied for based on its rehoming criteria.
Mouse was recently in a foster home. Here is what his foster carers had to say about him: Mouse is a handsome lad whose pleasures in life, apart from sleeping, are playing with his toys and eating cooked chicken. He knows what he likes, especially when it comes to food and, apart from the chicken saved as a treat, will only eat a single well-known brand of kibble from which he picks out his favourite flavours like we do from a chocolate selection box, leaving the rest. He is generally confident in his surroundings and inspected the entire flat within an hour of arriving, but took a little longer to approach me. He is generally friendly and will walk around my feet and rub against my legs, tail waving the whole time, although he can be evasive and move away when approached. Life is definitely on his terms. At first, if not happy being petted, he would give me ‘the look’ or a whack with one of his paws, although, being a gentleman, kept his claws retracted. He still displays this behaviour occasionally, but it’s not a problem if his boundaries are respected. It took two or three weeks before Mouse decided that he would like to spend the night on the bed with me, and he now hops up to be made a fuss of and go to sleep alongside. He sometimes does happy feet and goes to sleep with his head in my hand. If he feels I’ve not spent long enough scratching behind his ears or along the bridge of his nose, which he likes and purrs to, he gives my hand a head bump for more. He keeps us both amused as we play bat the feather or piece of string, and he will chase a foil ball or other small toy around the floor just for the fun of it – usually in the early hours of the morning. He also enjoys rolling around in the cat tunnel. Mouse can be an enigma but overall is an undemanding cat who will give hours of delight to his new humans.
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