Outdoor Home Desperately Needed For Nervous Pussy Called Penny

Outdoor Home Desperately Needed For Nervous Pussy Called Penny

An urgent appeal has been launched to find an outdoor home for a nervous puss who is too shy to meet any visitors to Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption CentreTwo-year-old Penny was handed into the charity in September after she had been bought online.

Tania Marsh, Deputy Manager of Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre, in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, said Penny’s difficulties seem to stem from her being inadequately socialised as a kitten. She said: “Her previous owner had seen her advertised online and purchased her. But having taken her home, it transpired that Penny was exceptionally nervous and would not come indoors. It took her six months to coax Penny indoors but she didn’t settle because of another cat in the household. Its most likely that she was not properly socialised as a kitten, so remains fearful of humans. Kittens need lots of human contact during a short window of time when they’re young and, if they don’t get this, then it can be hard for them to trust people, though it’s not impossible. Her owner handed her into Cats Protection at the beginning of September and she has been here ever since. Sadly, whenever people come to view her, she tends to hide at the back of her pen so no-one gets to see her. This may be because she wasn’t socialised sufficiently or she may be struggling with not being in a home environment. Weve been doing lots of behavioural work with Penny and she has made some progress. However, it would be best for her if this was to continue in an environment where she will be staying long-term, rather than have to start from scratch when she’s re-homed. Given her nervousness she will need to be re-homed to an outdoor environment, with the option to come indoors once she feels brave enough. This may be a farm or a smallholding, or somewhere with a big garden and shelter, such as a warm shed. Although she’ll need an outdoor home, she’ll also need an owner who loves cats and is prepared to put the time and energy into watching out for her and hopefully helping her come out of her shell.”

If you can offer a home to Penny, please call the National Cat Adoption Centre on 01825 741 330.

The National Cat Adoption Centre is situated in Chelwood Gate, on the A275 between Wych Cross and Danehill. For a map and directions to the National Cat Adoption Centre, please visit http://www.cats.org.uk/find-us/find-the-ncc/