If you or someone you know lives in the Chattanooga, TN area, you’ve got to read about this sweet cat. Susan sent me the following information and pictures about him, and the idea that this poor boy has been locked in a bedroom because he’s too affectionate (!!!!!) just breaks my heart. He needs a home where he’ll get love and attention! Won’t you help spread the word?
Tom is 6 years old (according to my vet), a gorgeous orange, sweet as hell, neutered, and a chunky hunky 18 pounds of love. He has a smushy ear due to having a BAD infection when he came to us at the shelter. He hears just fine out of it and has no problems with it at all.
“Tiny Tom” came into the rescue I volunteer with a little over a year ago. He had a loving owner who was an older woman and she passed away. Apparently her kids were fighting over her estate, because the house wasn’t sold for about a year after she died. None of her children wanted Tommy, so they left him there until they sold the house – one of the daughters came by every few days and fed/watered him and scooped the box but that was it. Luckily someone got wind of this and brought him into the rescue. He was already a sorta hefty cat at this point, but got adopted out in just a few weeks because he’s so freaking cute. Fast forward to a weeks ago, I found out that his current owner wants rid of him because she’s tired of listening to him “meow all the time”. I asked her why she thought he was meowing (maybe he was sick or in pain?) and she said it was because she keeps him in the back bedroom when she is home. What?!? Turns out she likes “independant” cats, and hates it that Tiny Tom is so affectionate! Rather than calling us, she just starting locking him in the bedroom 6 months ago so he wouldn’t keep bothering her. Poor Tom. He has food (too much of it), a litter box and water, but no lovin’. I think poor Tomkins has turned into an emotional eater – I couldn’t believe it when I saw him. She has agreed to keep him for a bit while I try to find a new home, because our foster houses are SO full right now, and at our house we have FIV kitties so I can’t bring him here.
I took him to the vet immediately (with her permission) to make sure he was ok, and his bloodwork is great. He had three bad teeth, and I had them pulled and a dental cleaning done. Despite his size, he has no glucose problems.
Tiny Tom needs an owner who will let him love on them! He wants to watch TV with you, read books with you, sleep with you. He wants someone who will measure his food for him so he can lose some weight, maybe flash the laser light around a bit so he can get some excercise. Most importantly, not yell at him and ignore him and make him feel bad just for being a loving cat. This is a seriously sweet cat who just needs some better luck in his next home. I made sure the pics show his ear, it’s really not awful looking.
He’s the first cat I have ever tried to photograph who would lay on their back for the camera that way!
If you’re interested in giving this sweet boy a home – or would like more information about Tom – you can email Susan at susievintage (at) comcast (dot) net or you can email me and I’ll pass your email along.