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... and keeping watch

Squeak

After losing both of my cats in relatively close succession I had originally decided that I’d not have another.  Fortunately (as it finally turned out) after having had my last two for more than 10 years I folded & called my local vet for advice on where best to source a replacement.

 

My vet recommended me to the RSPCA in Grayshott and after a quick call to Delia at the cattery I made my first visit.  I explained in detail to Delia my lifestyle & work commitments so she could get an idea of which cat would possibly suit best – both for the cat and me!

 

I was initially introduced to Squeak (because he does!) and found him timid but approachable.  Delia explained about his background and that he may need some work to get him to come out of his shell.

 

At the end of the day, adopting a cat is a long term commitment so I needed to be sure Squeak and I would get on, so I made a couple of further visits to get to know Squeak a little better.  Delia was very accommodating and I could have had as much time with him as I needed before making the final decision to take him home.

He spent the first night cowed behind the washing machine, but some heavy duty stroking and tickling coaxed him out on the 2nd day.  It’s taken some work as he’s still timid, but Squeak now loves to watch TV on the sofa and spends quite some time in the garden chasing grasshoppers and feathers on a bootlace (his favourite toy!).

 

He’s got a great personality and is very friendly, although still nervous of strangers (not necessarily such a bad thing), eats well and is a perfect companion!  I couldn’t see how the cat-to-owner selection process could have been better!  The follow-up home visit by the RSPCA confirmed this – they were very pleased to see how Squeak has settled in.

 

I couldn’t recommend the RSPCA cattery in Grayshott any higher.  They obviously care deeply for the cats in their cattery and have great experience when it comes to matching cats with adopters.

 

Andy Synyszyn

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