Watson – Gainesville, FL


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Gainesville, FL

Posted on:

March 8, 2023

Pet’s Information

Pet’s Name: Watson


Please read the “reason for rehoming section” for his full history.

But as mentioned before, Watson is extremely docile and craves love and pets. He even likes light belly scratches- just not too aggressively or for too long. He never bites or scratches. Sometimes, he likes to follow you around everywhere. But sometimes, he likes to hide away in a corner and snooze the day away. He’s a bit skittish with loud noises, but will quickly come out from hiding again for love. These are all very characteristic of his breed, which I believe is American bobtail.

He is neutered, vaccinated for Rabies, FVRCP, and has gotten a flea treatment for this month (though he has no fleas currently).

Breed: American Bobtail

Gender: Male

Date of Birth: March 1, 2020

Color/Markings: Grey

Weight: 10lbs.

Size: Medium

Re-Home Fee: $50

Reason for re-homing:

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We’ve named this little guy Watson for now. Watson showed up on my doorstep about 2 weeks ago, meowing for food. I quickly noticed a large gash on his neck. The next day, Watson was hopping on his front paw, not using the other. I called animal services, who set a trap, and I brought him into my bathroom. He hid behind the toilet for most of the night, but the next day, was rubbing up against me asking for pets. I quickly discovered why he wasn’t doing well in the woods by my house (where there are a lot of foxes and feral animals)- as I tried to put him back into the trap, I picked him up and he squirmed to get away, but didn’t attempt to bite or scratch me, simply rolled over and showed me his belly. I discovered that he is extremely docile- I don’t think he has the capacity to be aggressive.

This especially makes sense as you’ll notice that he has a tiny, stubby tail - he is most likely an American Bobtail cat, which is a breed of cat that is relatively rare, and very docile and loving. I rescued another cat with the same tail in the same area recently, who was also frequently injured, and very sweet. My guess is, these cats were possibly bred and then dumped in this area as kittens, left to try and fend for themselves in the wilderness.

Animal Services picked him up, treated his wound, fixed his paw, neutered him, and gave him his shots. However, since they don’t keep adult cats, they were going to dump him back out in the woods, where he’d most likely die young. I offered to take him to avoid this, and now he’s staying in my boyfriend’s apartment. However, both my boyfriend and I are struggling college students, barely getting by on our own, with very limited space, money, and time. We are feeding him right now and putting a roof over his head, but it is less than ideal for everyone, and we can’t do it for much longer. I’ve tried contacting shelters, but no one has room.

We also don’t have much time to give him attention, and he ~loves~ attention. He walks with us wherever we go, and wants to sit with us wherever we’re sitting and ask for pets and snuggles. He doesn’t mind being picked up and even loves for you to lightly rub his belly. It took him all of a day to go from very scared to the sweetest cat ever. The only time he’ll even lightly bite you is if you pet his belly too aggressively for too long! Also, he uses the litter box like a pro, and loves to play with catnip toys.

It breaks my heart to think that he went so long being lonely, hungry, and scared in the woods. This is a cat that loves attention so much and will take any that he can get - and I imagine he went very, very long without any. That’s why I’m hesitant to put him into a shelter, even if any space comes up, because I can’t stand the thought of him going back into a stressful situation without a “person” to love on.

But we are quickly running out of resources. We are desperate to find him a home, temporary or permanent, and would love for someone to even foster him for a bit, and if it doesn’t work out, we would take him back until we can find a situation that does work out. Please reach out to me if you or anyone you know might be interested in helping him.

Spayed or Neutered: Yes

Microchipped: No

Current on Vaccines: Yes

House-trained: Yes

Crate-trained: No

Litterbox-trained: Yes

Pet Friendly: Unsure

Child Friendly: Unsure

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