Would you like to sponsor Sebastian? Sebastian showed up at Thanksgiving, cold, hungry, wet from the rain, curled up against a window, begging to be let into the house. Of course, we’d never leave the poor fellow to his fate. It’s freezing and wet in late November, and he’s obviously a thoroughly domesticated, people-dependent kitty. We got him a good meal immediately and a vet appointment for an injured paw.
This cutie is adult, neutered male with an ear-tip. He’s super friendly and loves to cuddle while he talks in little meows as he’s being petted and held. He started out really small and grew quickly, after regular meals came his way. Yes, they can grow, or continue growing, until they are about three years old. We think he was about 3 years old when we rescued him. The ear-tip is from being neutered at a TNR clinic. Our best guess is that he was abandoned or lost originally. TCats usually end up getting ear-tipped when they have been feeding with feral colony cats. Then, when trapped and scared, sometimes no one takes time to realize they are scared, not feral.
He seems to be fine with other cats. The dog received a few hisses, but that’s okay. Trusting dogs when a cat lives outside is dangerous. He was malnourished, full of fleas, and injured. Clearly, he’d been outside for some time. The resident dog and Sebastian get along fine now. Sebastian clearly likes to run the show, but he will get along with other cats and is smart enough to train. So why is he now a resident with seniors and special needs kitties?
Sebastian’s nails don’t retract fully, which contributes to injuring and re-injuring his paw and wrist. He needs regular nail trims to try to prevent more paw/arm injuries. Shorter nails also make him easier to cuddle and keep him from catching claws on things around the house. Without close monitoring, he continues to re-injure his wrist and leg over and over. Repetitive injuries eventually cause permanent damage. Plus, he’s a huge escape risk.
This fellow is the ultimate in the world of curious cats. He’s been shut in closets and cupboards. He’s gotten stuck in the little vent cap above the microwave. He goes in or out any opening, quickly–including doors. Unfortunately, he likes to make a game of running out the door.
We have a scat mat at one door and a squirt bottle at the other. This fellow is only upset that he can’t find a way around them. Since we know he can’t get along out there, this is a dangerous habit. We are trying to break it, but it seems to be a game. He is smart. Other cats chase the laser light. Sebastian reaches up and takes it out of a person’s hand to play with it himself by knocking it around the floor. If he learns to push the button for the light, we’ll retire and let him run the place. LOL
It seems that his teenage behaviors are going to continue, and he’ll keep everyone very busy laughing and bailing him out of trouble. He’s also a foody with no discretion. Weight is an issue for him. He LOVES food! Your food, his food, the dog’s food (dog does not see humor in this habit)!
Sebastian is 5-6 years old. He’s a medium-to-large (11 pounds +/- a bit) black short-haired cat with gorgeous two-tone gold eyes. He’s extremely smart and has lots of personality. The toy he’s playing with in the video below is one of the toys we use for paw therapy. He has to use his paw and wrist to try to catch the ball.