Shy cats can often get overlooked but just because they are quieter in the cattery does not mean they won’t make the perfect companion.
A cat can be shy or timid for a number of reasons, they may have been through a trauma, they could still be very young and learning the ropes, or maybe they are just waiting to find that special someone who can bring them out of their shell.
At the RSPCA Southall Cattery there are currently some timid cats who are looking for purr-fect homes.
Aneel Odhwani, animal care assistant at Southall in London, is urging prospective owners to give shy cats a chance.
He said: “All cats personalities’ are very unique, some might be feisty and some might be quieter but they could all make a great companion.
“Unfortunately this is quite a common problem which we see all over the country. People just don’t give shy cats a chance.
“People walk through catteries and don’t notice the timid ones as they pass through because they don’t go up to strangers immediately. The confident cats who stroll up to people are much more likely to catch someone’s eye.
“It is such a shame as just because a cat is shy in a cattery doesn’t mean they don’t make loyal, sweet-natured and often playful companions once they have settled in a home and have got to know their owners.
“Some might say that this extra bit of a challenge makes the bond between owner and cat all the more unique.
“The shy cat won’t go up to any old stranger with their love – it would be especially for you.”
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