**Thanks to all of you that helped to share this story. Doc was adopted!**
It’s a special edition of the cat blog! Today, we need your help with one very special cat named Doc. He’s struggling with shelter life (and we are, in turn, struggling to find his forever family). We’re going to tell you everything we know about Doc here, and while we love your comments, we really adore your shares. We need to find him a home.
Doc is about four years old, and he’s been in four homes during his short life. Every family that lived with this kitty described him as:
In most cases, he was returned because of a move to a place that couldn’t accept pets. Once, he was returned due to allergies. He never did anything that prompted his families to give him up. In most cases, they were heartbroken to leave him behind.
Doc’s Shelter Experience
Shelter life is extremely hard for Doc. He’s been in our care far too many times, and this bout has lasted since March.
When he first arrives, he is depressed. Then, he moves into an active and playful stage. Finally, it disintegrates into anger that manifests as slapping and nipping. That’s where we are now. Doc is making increasingly bad choices, and that narrows his placement options.
Doc has lived with both cats and dogs before, so we thought we’d try letting him share space with shelter cats. That did not go well. Doc is a very, very playful cat. He doesn’t seem to “speak cat” very well at all, and sometimes, he plays so hard that he frightens his roommates. That means Doc can’t be in one of our suites, where he would have more space. So he grows yet more frustrated.
In the past, Doc developed a urinary issue. Testing determined the cause was feline lower urinary tract disease (you can read more about that here).
This isn’t an uncommon issue in male cats, and it can be managed with diet. But it does mean that Doc’s family will need to monitor him and ensure he’s not showing signs. If he does have a flare, he’ll need immediate medical care.
What Home Is Best For Doc?
To recap, Doc is a cat that:
- Can be friendly with some people.
- Nips other people, sometimes for no reason.
- Has a health issue that requires monitoring.
- May not do well with other pets.
Now you see our problem.
We’re hoping to find a “barn cat with benefits” home for this special guy. He is an exceptional hunter, and that’s just the sort of activity that will keep his busy brain in gear.
Ideally, Doc could do his work indoors, so his family can monitor him. If you have a warehouse, a winery, a brewery, or some similar situation, that would be perfect for him.
But he might also succeed with a family that lets him spend some time outdoors and some time indoors. He needs that special diet and his monitoring, so he cannot be an outdoor-only barn cat. (We can’t stress that enough.) But his current temperament might make him a less-than-ideal lap cat candidate too.
How You Can Help Doc
Our Doc is up for adoption RIGHT NOW, and his adoption fee has been waived. You may not get to meet him and interact with him before his adoption (due to his temperament and excitability), but you can come to the shelter to take him home for no fee. His vaccines are up to date, he’s been neutered, and he’s been microchipped. His adoption package includes a trial of health insurance, and a voucher for some medical care. If you can adopt him, please come now.
If you can’t adopt, help us network our boy. Share him with your friends. Talk about him to local businesses. Get the word out.
We appreciate all you do. Go team, Doc!