Pirate? I’m sure you have read above and wonder what we mean. Well, have a look at this battered, dog eared face and you will know. Now, tell me that isn’t a face that just wants to be loved?
We think so too! Clay is a lifelong street cat. Probably so since he was very young and people just kept chasing him off. Eventually he found some kind soul to offer him food and brought along his missus & kids too!!
Thankfully, their kind finders contacted us at Sunny Harbour and we began the painstaking process of trapping as all were unhandleable at the time.
Clay (dad) was neutered, his open wounds seen to and infections treated and over the first few weeks he very slowly began to think about trusting us. Perhaps we weren’t going to be ‘that bad after all?’
He has obviously decided that we aren’t and he has become a lovely, purry lap cat who’re simply adores a ping pong ball and laser pen to chase.
His favourite spot is perching on a stool or cardboard box watching you while you work or nudging you to hurry up with the laser pen or Frenzy.
Yes, behind his butch street cred is a happy wee man who simply longs to be loved and have a roof over his head and pawrents to call his own. Something he hasn’t had for many many years.
As you can see he has had a hard life on the streets and we are sure he has a notch out his ears for each year, but his gentle eyes just want you to kneel or sit down for him to lay on you.
At approximately 8 years old we think Clay fullheartedly deserves to be ‘someones cat’ rather than ‘nobody’s cat’ for his retirement. A title he has suffered considerably to be rewarded with in his latter years.
Clay’s condition has improved greatly and he looks very well and with every passing day so does his confidence. It has become evident in his time with us that he has suffered from physical assaults in his past, possibly why he ended up a street cat, but in equal measure you can see the cuddly, lap cat Coming forth more and more.
Despite his growing confidence and love of a lap to lay on he can still get a fright if you move suddenly, walk towards him suddenly or more so, too many hands at his face. With this in mind we would recommend Clay for a home that is either adult only or a family home with older teenagers who could follow our directions on how best to help him feel safe and work with him to trust new people.
Volunteer Patty says of Clay
“I love my time with Clay during my shifts, he’s such a lovely boy. He’s going to make someone a really amazing companion”.
His only lasting tell tale signs of his hard life is his melon head, raggedy ears and intermittent watery right eye. We have neutered Clay and treated all of his ailments and he will be up to date with all flea and worm treatments on leaving sunny harbour, have received his first vaccination at the very least and be microchipped.
We are looking for an experienced cat owner with safe outdoor access away from any busy main roads (cat proof fencing accepted too) for Clay. There is every chance that Clay will be good with other cats but ideally we would like to get him a home to call his own initially.
If you feel that you could offer this strapping lad a loving home where he can feel safe and loved then please do get in touch. We advise you take a few moments to read through out FAQ page on adoptions and then send us an adoption application form noting your interest in Clay.