Ivor's ArrivalIvor, we think, was caught in a trap for several days. He had to get his left hind leg amputated but he recovered wonderfully.


Ivor’s Story


Ivor, a beautiful, long-haired male tabby stray, adopted a couple in West Cork for a few weeks before disappearing for ten days. He returned, skinny and dishevelled, with his left hind leg literally hanging off. Although the couple had been feeding him and were quite charmed by him he was ‘not their cat’. At least they took the time to take him to Jennifer Hedlam of West Cork Animal Welfare Group.

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Settling In

Ivor is sharing a room with Ralph. He’s kept in a large cage overnight to be sure he doesn’t hurt himself being adventurous. And, during the day, he either has the room to himself while Ralph has my room and the hall, or the pair of them are set loose while I’m working and can keep an eye on them.

Ivor’s still skinny as a rake, but is putting on weight and condition nicely, and is coping very well on just three legs. At the moment his ears look far too big for him and he’s still a bit scruffy – he’s like a cross between ET and Yoda! But he’s really going to be a stunning cat when he gets back to his full health. And, personality-wise, he’s just a babe. He’s another one I’d guess has been a house cat, he’s so well socialised. Maybe his person died, more likely he was dumped by the inhumane member of the family.

He is particularly wary of Ralph, however. My guess is Ivor knows he’s disabled and isn’t sure if he can stick up for himself, so he’s being particularly careful of things that might be a threat to him. So he yowls at Ralph when he comes near, and Ralph, bless him, is respectfully leaving him be. I’d say Ivor would be okay with other cats in the long term, though, as he’s already feeling much more secure around Ralph.

Ivor’s flat out on top of my linen box just now – it’s a good 3 or 4 feet high, so he’s not being particularly restricted by his disability. He’s fairly lively and doesn’t seem depressed. But he’ll do a lot better when he’s found a forever home to lavish attention on him in his time of trouble.

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Medical Update

Ivor had his first vaccination on Monday (14th) and had his stitches out at the same time. We’ll neuter him when he’s due for his second vaccination in a fortnight – we want him to put a bit more condition on before putting him through another operation. And we’ll FIV/FeLV test him at the same time, though he’s not showing any signs of being positive with either.

Because we usually house our fosterees in rooms, rather than cages, as a general rule we have room to let cats share the space. Most cats enjoy each other’s company, so we think the space and the sharing is a good thing for them. But it means we have to test for the viruses so that we don’t put virus-free cats at risk.

At the moment we house our FIV cats in one room. We’re down to two, Cranky and Mario, and they’re being rehomed in the coming week. And any cats that test positive for FeLV can stay with me in the main part of the house – my permanent resident Shapoloh is positive for both FIV and FeLV, and my other residents are vaccinated against FeLV or immune, so one more won’t hurt.

But I digress. There’s no reason to expect Ivor to test positive for either virus, but we’ll test him anyway to be sure. And then he can mix with Ralph without me needing to keep an eye on them both.

In the meantime, his hair will grow back over his op site, he’ll put on weight and strength and he’ll be ready for homing in next to no time. He’ll make someone an excellent companion! Could it be you?

It just remains to be said – I wish I could get a decent picture of him!!!

Ivor Has a Sad 🙁

Ivor and I have just realised it’s been two months since he came to us. And we’ve not found a home for him. We’re all very sad about this because he’s such an adorable, faithful puss. We haven’t had one call about him. It’s always more difficult to home adult cats and I’m really surprised there’s not been more interest. Maybe it’s because I couldn’t get a decent picture of him. And I’ve not put enough time into advertising him either.

He’s spent some time with Jenny C and had a lovely time being fostered by Bill and Hazel, but he’s really needing to settle somewhere permanent. He’s quite used to having only three legs now and balances himself before jumping. Though he still tries to scratch with his absent limb, poor thing. Though he was a bit depressed for a while after the operation, he’s come to terms with his disability now. He’s more sad that nobody wants him.

And it’s such a shame. Is the three-legged thing putting people off? There’s no reason for it to. He’s very agile, extremely attached to people and desperate to love someone and be loved in return. I’ve had a word with him, but he’s still not wanting to be homed with another cat, nor a dog. He’s too dominant and wants to be number one. Such a splendid, brave puss – who can blame him?

I’m going to revamp his ad and picture and we’ll try again. Cross your fingers for him!

Ivor Rehomed!

I dropped Ivor off at his new forever home yesterday. And I don’t think he’ll need a trial period in this one! Leslie’s place is wonderful for cats – lots of sunshiney spaces, including window sills with wee stairs for cats with only three legs! And the only other animal companions are tiny pigmy hedgehogs – too small for Ivor to feel threatened by and well able to look after their spikey selves if he does make any aggressive moves.

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