My husband and I have made the decision to find a new home for our cat Eli. Eli is about 10 years old, but still plays like a kitten. He is an extremely affectionate cat who is quite dog-like in that he wants to be wherever you are and involved in whatever you’re doing. He’s very cuddly and needs a lot of attention. He loves to chase after fishing rod style cat toys like feather teasers, goes nuts for lasers, and his favorite game is diving under the sheets and going crazy whenever you change the bedding. Eli is extremely social and wants to be the center of attention whenever you have guests over. He’s a beautiful blue cat with exceptionally soft plush fur, endearing crossed eyes, and a bit of a doofy overbite.
Eli will be a fun and very loving companion for the right home, but he also comes with some challenges. He’s not a smart cat–he seems to be somewhat developmentally delayed. It’s a bit hard to describe, but it’s apparent to most people who have spent a little time with him. He also has a lot of anxiety. For the most part he expresses this by being very vocal, but he usually calms down if he’s given pets and attention. He needs a very clean litterbox (cleaned daily or every other day is fine). If his litterbox is dirty he’ll become anxious and will sometimes urinate in inappropriate places. Did I mention he was vocal? He has a very loud, and very distinctive sounding meow, and he uses it to ask for attention and to express anxiety. Being a cat though, he sleeps most of the day so you’ll get plenty of quiet time.
Eli is fine with dogs as long as they’re fairly mellow and leave him alone. With cats, it’s hit or miss. He doesn’t understand cat social cues, so he will try to play with other cats and ignore them when they tell him to back off. He’ll bully weaker cats that run away from him. Eli can be fine with a confident, laid back cat that doesn’t mind his antics (or that wants to play with him!). Otherwise, he should probably be an only cat.
Eli has lived as both an indoor and an indoor/outdoor cat over the years and can adapt to either. He does love spending time outside, but he is prone to getting into fights with neighbor cats, so that’s something to be aware of.
I would not recommend Eli for a home with young children. He gets nervous when he’s picked up and may panic and scratch. This is preventable if he’s picked up correctly. Historically, he’s also been prone to feeling overstimulated while being pet and would sometimes bite in response. He has not done this in a very long time, so he may have outgrown it, and it was preventable if you paid attention to his body language while petting him. Nevertheless, I would not feel comfortable having young children handle him.
The primary reason we’ve decided to rehome Eli is that he is having increasing conflicts with my senior female cat. He stalks her around the house and harasses her constantly and she’s becoming more and more stressed. We’re also having a baby in a couple months, and we anticipate that this shift in the household will escalate this issue further. We know that Eli will not be happy in an environment where he’s not receiving a significant amount of attention, and we want to do better for him.
Eli’s ideal person is someone who wants a constant companion to lavish with attention, cuddles, and play. Someone who isn’t too sensitive to sounds and isn’t deterred by a cat who is, emotionally, special needs.
He’s fixed, UTD on his shots, had a dental cleaning about 2-3 years ago, and has never had any health issues.
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