Advert

Latest

3 hours ago
Advert
3 hours ago
Advert

Most Popular

13 hours ago
Advert

Britain’s Loneliest Cat Wants A New Home For His Birthday

Britain’s Loneliest Cat Wants A New Home For His Birthday

For your next birthday, you might want a big party, a new pair of shoes, some gadgets or just a nice meal out. But this adorable cat, Twizzle, just wants a new home.

Advert

Gorgeous Twizzle, who turned eight in March, has spent 125 days at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, more than five times longer than the average cat.

The Domestic short-hair has now been waiting so long that he's turned another year older while living at the charity's London cattery, so staff decided to throw Twizzle a birthday bash to cheer him up, as well as to try to capture the attention of potential new owners.

Twizzle enjoyed a full-on party with banners and even a cat-friendly cake.

Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Staff at the charity believe that the reason for Twizzle's unusually long stay is because he suffers from the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV+), a slow-acting contagious virus specific to cats that affects between 2 and 5 per cent of the UK's 11.1 million cats.

Advert

Although many FIV-positive cats enjoy long, happy and healthy lives, it does happen occasionally that cats do become unwell as a result of the infection, so potential owners are often less keen to take them on.

Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Because the infection is contagious, Battersea rehomes FIV-positive cats to homes with enclosed gardens to prevent cats from mixing with one another.

"Twizzle is such a lovely cat and it's a huge shame that he has been waiting for so long to find a home," says Battersea's Cattery Team Leader, Rosa Steele. "He is an intelligent, playful cat and has a lot to offer as a pet. We hope that anyone considering adopting a cat will get in touch to see if Twizzle could be their perfect match. What better birthday gift could you give one of our cats than a loving new home?"

Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Let's hope Twizzle's birthday wish comes true this year, and that he can spend his ninth birthday with a lovely new family.

To find out more about Battersea's cats, please visit www.battersea.org.uk. Further information about FIV can be found on the Battersea website.

Featured Image Credit: Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

Topics: Life News, Cat, Real, Animals

Deborah Cicurel

Deborah Cicurel is a freelance journalist at Tyla. She writes entertainment, travel and lifestyle content for a variety of print and digital titles.

 

Next Up

You Can Now Get Cadbury White Mini Eggs Just In Time For Easter

You Can Now Get Cadbury White Mini Eggs Just In Time For Easter

7 months ago