Britain's Loneliest Cat Facing Christmas Alone As Too Shy To Find A Home
Toby, a black and white cat, isn't coping well in the cattery having spent most of his life in a household of 46 felines and has hidden away from all potential new owners at the RSPCA's Kent branch.
The wary moggy, who is 11 years of age, is the last of his former housemates to be re-homed after 15 of them were taken in by the RSPCA's Canterbury branch on Christmas Eve.
On average a cat waits 28 days on average to be rehoused but Toby has spent 332 days in the charity's care.
Beth Hixson, who works at the branch, said: "Toby's former housemates were re-homed quite quickly, but poor Toby didn't cope well with being in the cattery so hid away and wouldn't come out to see people when they came to choose a cat."
Due to his shyness, Toby has recently been placed in a foster home where he has become sociable, friendly and interactive.
Now on the hunt for his fur-ever home, Beth said they are hoping to find owners, who have a quiet house, preferably without other pets or children, for this nervous kitty.
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She shared: "We found a foster home for Toby where he has proven to be a sociable, friendly and interactive cat.
"He loves to snuggle up on the bed at night and spend sunny days exploring the garden, he just needs to find a home where he can enjoy doing this for the rest of his days.
"We'd love to see him in a new home for Christmas, there must be someone out there looking for an older cat for some company," she concluded.
The RSPCA expects more than 10,000 vulnerable animals, like Toby, to be taken in by the RSPCA over the winter months.
On Christmas day in 2018, the charity received 934 calls to its cruelty line - the highest number for five years and a 28 percent increase compared with 2017.
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