Sam needs an extra special home and experienced owners.
We know very little about Sam, one of our fosterers responded to a call where some people had found him cowering in their shed. They were concerned as they had 2 dogs so did not want to let them into the garden whilst Sam was there.
We scanned for a micochip but sadly their wasnt one. We didnt really have any space but he was quite literally freezing cold and frozen with fear in the shed so our vounteer bought him home whilst we tried to find room for him. Although he was frightened he soon seemed to relax a little bit when he was indoors and we were able to stroke him. He sadly wasn't neutered so we had to move him into an outdoor pen. When we tried to get him into the carrier he really freaked out and did bite and scratch the fosterer quite badly.
In the outdoor pen he was withdrawn and frightened and it broke our hearts... it seemed so strange that for the short time he was indoors he seemed like a different cat but was frightened in the pen, even though he had been in it long enough to know he was safe and looked after.
Our theory was that maybe he was an indoor cat who, because he wasn't neutered escaped (or was dumped) and he was just overwhelmed and frightened with all the new sights, smells and sounds. He has now been neutered and microchipped.
Sam's story : "They've called me Sam....its a name I don't recognise but they dont know who I really am ..I was found you see, frozen with fear and with fright - in a shed in someones garden. No one knows how I came to be there or what the reason is I was so frightened....and I of course, can't tell them
I try to be brave but I'm not - everything around me is strange and frightening. I am grateful of regular food and a warm bed but I don't know were I am or what I'm doing here...or what is going to happen to me....
They say they wish they knew why I was so frightened so that they could make me feel so much better but I've gone into my shell and I dont seem to know how to communicate anymore, I prefer to sit quiet and huddled at the back of my pen, its the safest I can make myself feel
They say they think I have been 'traumatised' to be this withdrawn - they say I don't seem 'feral' and wonder if I was once a house cat who was dumped or locked out and left behind...either way, they know something bad happened to me"
This was Sam's original appeal as we really didnt know what was causing him to be so withdrawn, other than he just didnt seem to be comfortable outside.
Since this was written he was moved to a more indoor foster environment and immediately he started to come out of his shell...in fact he appeared transformed....he started to enjoy a fuss and even seemed to enjoy being picked up...and he would play with his toys like any normal playful cat. ...all seemed to be going really well and we even had a new home lined up for Sam!
But sadly the day before he was due to be leaving us, he was trying to follow his foster carer out of the foster room (and into her house where he is not allowed because of her own cats) so she picked him up to put him back and he suddenly and completely unexpectedly swung round and bit her really quite badly on the arm. He then swiped at her legs and also gave her a nasty scratch. She was totally shocked as up to that point he had seemed to be really settled. The only time he had reacted in a very similar manner was when he was first collected and bought into care.
We were naturally concerned about this unpredicable behaviour and couldnt let him go to his new home becuase they had a young child who visited regularly so we couldnt take the risk.
We believe Sam has probably been an indoor cat, and clearly has had some sort of traumatic experience which he associates with being picked up, as that is the only real time hes shown any aggression....but this is going to make it very difficult to find the right home for him.
Sam is a big cat and loves to play so we feel that being cooped up in foster care without much human interaction and playtime is probably not helping - so we are searching to try and find the purrfect home for him! What we feel he needs is a spacious home where he can feel comfortable and safe but also have enough room to stretch his legs and play and burn off some of his energy...although we feel he seems to be much more comfortable in an indoor environment we would like him to have access to the outdoors should he so choose once he is fully settled.
There is no doubt he needs experienced cat owners who will know not to handle him and just let him settle in his own time. With this in mind his new home MUST have a front porch so that he does not have to be manhandled back into a space before you go to work in the morning to avoid the risk of him shooting through the door when you first come home. A house where he can settle in his own time with experienced people who will learn to read his body langauge and becareful before even attemtping to pick him up....and also someone who wont be frightened by the fact he might bite and be confident in handling a poatentially difficult cat when a vet trip may be necessary.
Our gut feel is that in the right environment , and given some time, that Sam will actually be a beautiful cat, once he fully builds a bond with his new owner/s....and has the space to run off some pent up energy. It goes without saying we won't rehome him with children.
If you feel you could offer Sam the perfect home then please do get in contact by completing our adoption enquiry form.