Can you give Kahlo the cat a new home in time for Christmas?
The tabby has spent more than 100 days in care
10 December, 2018 — By Samantha Booth
A CHARITY still hopes to find a home for a cat who has spent more than 100 days in a cattery.
When nine-year-old Kahlo first moved into a Cats Protection cattery, she became incredibly hostile – avoiding contact with humans for two months.
Last Friday marked her 123rd day in care.
The tabby went to live with her owner’s daughter when he died several years ago.
But when a new baby arrived in the household, it was thought Kahlo would be happier in a quieter home.
Kahlo in her former owner’s daughter’s home
Rosie King, centre manager at the charity’s base in Junction Road, Archway, said: “She had been used to living with one person and she went to live with two adults and a baby.
“It was all really challenging for Kahlo. Over time at our south London cattery, she began to withdraw into herself.
“She wasn’t very happy, she would hiss and spit at people.”
After Kahlo was moved to a temporary home in the cattery’s Archway staff office in October she began to open up until a huge moment on the 100th day when she allowed a member of staff to touch her on the head, only for a matter of seconds.
She’s now built a special bond with volunteer Jess Wager, sitting on her lap and having head rubs.
“Since then she’s changed,” said Ms King. “She’s a completely different cat now.”
Kahlo with volunteer team leader Jess Wager
But the cattery, where animals usually stay for only about one or two weeks, is still desperate to find Kahlo a loving home with someone who is patient and can take the time to understand she will not be a cuddly cat at the start.
Ms King added: “It’s an amazing feeling to know that sometimes it just does take time and perseverance to get that lovely friendly personality to come out.”
Kahlo would prefer to be the only pet in an adult- only home, who are experienced with cats, with an outside space.
If you can help, call Cats Protection North London Adoption Centre on 020 7272 6048.