Harrow cat carers are appealing for a loving home for a badly wounded stray cat with a history of self-inflicted injuries.
Lydia Sawyer, Manager at Cats Protection’s Harrow Homing Centre, said: “Chunky’s wound looked horrendous when he was brought in. We aren’t sure what happened to him but his vet notes from before he came to us indicate that it was self-inflicted so it is likely due to irritating skin allergies.”
Chunky, believed to be around eight years old, was admitted by vets in Waltham Forest when a concerned resident saw a sore open wound on his head. After treatment, he was taken into foster care at Cats Protection’s Waltham Forest Branch to recover.
Now fully healed, he has been transferred to the Harrow Homing Centre, where carers are appealing for a patient and understanding new owner to come forward.
Lydia said: “Chunky will be on medication to help with his itchiness and scratching so we are looking for owners who are willing to take on that responsibility.
“At 7.45kg he’s also overweight, hence the name he has been given. With a controlled diet he is steadily losing the extra weight but he will need strong willed owners as the medication he is on increases his appetite.
“Hopefully, when he is settled in a caring new home he will be more relaxed and can be weaned off the medication with veterinary support and his weight will return to normal.”
Despite his issues, Chunky is a cat full of character and spirit, Lydia said. “He’s a lovely boy, very affectionate and an absolute dream for my team. He winds around your legs asking for a fuss and just laps up any attention he can get. He is a favourite at the centre and has remained a loving chap in foster care.
“We are appealing for an adult-only home where Chunky will be the only pet and will have access to the outdoors. He will also need someone with time to give Chunky the attention he craves and the patience to care for his health needs. In return, he will undoubtedly have a lot of love to share.”
Anyone interested in homing Chunky should apply through the Harrow Homing Centre website www.cats.org.uk/harrow