When ABBEY, about 5 years old, came to C.L.A.W.S. in the summer of 2014 she was deeply traumatised. She had had no interaction with the human race and rejected any attempt to connect with her.
Over the last three years there had been some improvement but she remained very shy.
Recently she had to have a dental, and so she could have peace and quiet to recover, we put her in a pen on her own.
The change was amazing ! She started to greet her carers when they came to see her and then she extended her neck for a stroke and pushed her head into their hands. It wasn’t long before she was out of her "bedroom” and taking an interest in what was going on around her.
Then we had an enquiry from a couple who had seen her photo and details on the web site and were interested in offering her a home. The home visit went well and they came to meet her. They got on very well and offered her a home straightaway. Several more visits followed and then the day came when she went to her new home.
After just a few days we received an E-mail from her owners : -
"Abbey is eating well has found and used the litter tray, has located her bedding on the armchair as well as trying out other locations. She uses the scratching post and has had a thorough search of our downstairs area. The search included not only floor level but scaling all furniture (no problem for us). She has also been playing with the peacock feather that we brought home with her as well as a mouse and two balls which we had at home.
Dreamies (not too many) have played a part in the settling in process but she really is a lovely girl and a 'bit of a character'. We are allowing her to approach us and her progress only over a couple of days shows great spirit and courage on her part.
A few days later there was more good news : -
She has continued to settle in and is now familiar with the whole house. She went upstairs for the first time on Saturday morning and has thoroughly explored it. She particularly enjoys running up the flights of stairs and jumping onto the window sills in the bedrooms to watch the world from a height Having determined for herself that she is the only occupant (other than the two of us), Abbey seems to recognise the house as her territory.
She climbs across us in bed to jump onto the window sill at night. She clearly isn't worried by us in any way (no running away and hiding) although contact is on her terms.”
Abbey has been allowed to settle in at her own pace – very important when a cat is being introduced to a new environment - and is making excellent progress. We are so pleased that this gentle cat has found the loving home she so deserves.