THE LONGEST stay cat at an Evesham adoption centre transforms from fearful to friendly once settled but the chatty girl needs to find a ‘purrfect’ match who can see past her initially sassy ways.
Black-and-white Seren has been in and out of care since April 2021. The 12-year-old was originally known for being nervous and afraid but after settling into her new routine and learning to trust people once more, she now greets volunteers and staff at the charity’s Evesham Adoption Centre with a joyful quiver of her distinctive half-tail and cheerful meows.
The mature moggy had previously lived all her life as an only cat but when her owner moved in with a new partner who also had a cat, the two felines were quick to show their discontent.
As the younger of the pair, Seren was first given to the charity in April 2021, a week before her 11th birthday and was returned most recently at the end of February, leaving her to spend her 12th birthday in care too.
Despite some promising starts, Seren’s adoptions to-date have only lasted between two and 10 days as her would-be adopters have been put off when she has lashed out in fear.
Her current stay at the centre has already lasted more than two months and she has watched other cats come and go, while she remains in her enclosure.
Centre manager Charlie Hood said: “Like many of us, Seren can be unsure of changes to her environment and when she first comes home with you she will probably forget her manners for the first couple of weeks.
“However, once she settles she really shows her affectionate side. If you can look past that initial sass and fear, Seren soon reveals herself to be a loving cat who enjoys spending time with you and will happily chat and enjoy cuddles once she has come out of her shell.
“She loves to play with a crinkly ball that makes a noise when she taps it and is a great fan of catnip.
“Seren has been used to having her own space and will need the freedom to be with you when she wants but also be able to go off on her own when she needs some space.
“Predictability is key and she would be a great companion for someone interested in cat behaviour.
“Seren is particularly comfortable with men, so having a male owner in the house would be ideal for her.
“If she’s given that autonomy at the beginning she’ll be settled with you before long and will gladly share all the love she has to give.”
Volunteers and staff at the centre feel Seren will be best suited to an experienced owner who has previously lived with cats who need time to settle in at their own pace.
They should be able to work with her to show her she is safe, secure and loved. A home without children and where she can be the only pet is a must.
Visit www.cats.org.uk/evesham or call 01386 833 343 for more.