TVAW fosterer, Chris: A terrified Albert arrived in my cat house last November, after being noticed living rough for around 4 months. He was a large, unneutered, ginger tom and despite his rather shabby, dejected appearance it was obvious that underneath was a magnificent pussy cat.
Albert spent a few days anxiously hiding, but soon settled into the cat house and appeared exhausted and relieved to be somewhere warm and safe where food (which he ate with great gusto) and company (he loved being brushed and fussed) appeared at regular intervals. However, it soon became apparent that he was in some pain and at his check up the vets confirmed that his mouth and teeth were in a very poor state and some serious dental work was required.
During his first operation, he was neutered, some teeth were taken out and a large growth was also removed from his mouth which was a result of his poor health. It was decided that he should also be tested for FIV which sadly proved to be positive. More surgery however was required to remove further teeth and throughout all these visits, examinations and check-ups, Albert behaved impeccably. The vets and nurses who came in contact with him thought he was adorable.
Three successful operations later and thanks to the care and expertise of the amazing staff at Henley Veterinary Centre, Albert has only a few precious teeth left, but is pain free and in good health! Albert's appetite is still amazing and although a bit of a messy eater, he still loves his food!
As cats with FIV can be difficult to home, I was delighted when Jeanette came to meet him with her daughter Lucy, and decided he was the one for them. I am grateful that they have been able to offer him an inside home with the love and care he deserves.
Jeanette and Lucy were so patient waiting for Albert to be given a clean bill of health and while he was recuperating they visited him and Lucy even sent him a card and presents through the post! There are some cats that have a very special place in my heart, and Albert is one of them. I wish him a long and happy life with Jeannette and Lucy.
Albert's new owner, Lucy aged 11:
In April 2017, our old cat Charlie died. He was black and white and he gave lovely hugs and he was very old; we had looked after him since I was 6 months (I am 11 years old now). We were so sad after he died and it took a while to get used to not having a cat in the house. It was sad not having a friendly feline there when you come home from work or school. We looked everywhere for cats but nowhere had cats that were right for us. We must have an indoor cat as we don't have any garden for it to mark its territory in. Every time we thought we found a cat it either wasn't right or available. I missed having cat hugs so much and we nearly went a whole year without one!
One day we were talking to our friends and telling them that we still couldn't find a cat. They suggested a local animal charity called Thames Valley Animal Welfare. So, we phoned up and arranged to visit a white and ginger cat called Albert. We had a look at him on the website and he was so cute and adorable. When we visited him, he was the most chilled and friendly cat I had ever seen! He was so soft and cuddly; he seemed
to like us. Chris explained everything he went through about living rough and having lots of surgery on his teeth and we felt so sorry for him! He was a lovely cat and we decided he was the cat for us. We waited a couple of weeks for him as he had to have some surgery on his teeth but we visited him lots in his little cat house (he also received lots of presents from us!).
Now that he was a lot better and on the road to recovery, we rehomed him and realised he was worth the wait. He was a little nervous at first and he hid under the bed for a few days as he was in a new environment but afterwards he came out of his shell and was the most playful and delightful cat! He loves his scratching post and enjoys playing with his big box of toys! He also likes being stroked and curls up with us on the sofa; he even sits on our chests whilst we are in bed!
Everyone that visits him says he is the most beautiful and relaxed cat! He pokes his tongue out a lot and it is so cute. He is our little ginger boy and we love him to bits. Thank you TVAW for rehoming us with such an amazing, beautiful cat!