A cat is looking for a “home to call his own” after he shed nearly 6kg – equivalent to the weight of another average feline – while in the care of an animal charity.
Thistle has been in the care of the Scottish SPCA’s Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre since June 1, 2022, but has still not found his forever home.
When he first arrived at the centre last year he was “very overweight”, centre manager Jacqueline McEwen said.
“He was miserable and didn’t want any interaction with us, he really was trapped in his own body.”
Staff at the centre helped to turn Thistle’s life around by getting him on a diet, and once he began to lose weight and gain his mobility back, his personality began to shine through.
Jacqueline said: “Thistle is a fantastic character and has quickly become a staff favourite.
“He loves playing and enjoys chasing wand toys and rolling around in catnip.
“Thistle isn’t the kind of cat to come and sit on your lap but he will be sure to rule the roost in his new home and sit anywhere he sees fit- even if it is in your way. He does like getting stroked but will let you know when he has had enough.”
Thistle’s new owner will need to be aware that he is a “very food-orientated criminal mastermind, who will open fridges and doors to steal food”. His strict diet still needs to be followed to continue his weight loss.
Additionally, Thistle suffers from stress cystitis which he is on medication for along with special food, which will need to be managed in his new home along with regular teeth brushing.
Thistle will need a rural home with plenty of quiet, outdoor access for him to explore once settled.
An adult-only home, or one with older teenage children, would be preferred and Thistle would also be best-suited to a home without dogs or any other cats.
Jacqueline added: “Thistle has been through a tough time but he deserves a loving home to call his own. He makes us all laugh every day and we know he’ll keep his new family entertained.”
Anyone wishing to welcome Thistle to their family can apply on the Scottish SPCA website.
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