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Leonard

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About

Breed

Domestic Shorthair

Age

2 Years

Gender

Male

Size

Small (< 20 lbs.)

Can Live With

  • Older Children (12+)
  • Needs To Be Only Pet

Spayed/Neutered

Yes

Current on Vaccines

Yes

Specialized Care

  • Medication

Location

MARIETTA, GA

Biography

Leonard was TNR’d in our Marietta neighborhood in October 2023 as a part of an ongoing effort by us and our neighbors to control the large feral population in our area. Unfortunately, after his release he was attacked by another tom cat (who has since been neutered and adopted by a neighbor) and needed serious medical attention. His tail and leg were wounded and infected, and he was at risk of amputation. Because he was friendly and easily handled, we took him in for the duration of his recovery (three months) and provided him with all necessary vet care. After a miraculous recovery, he was deemed ready to find a new home.

Leonard was always intended to be a TNR, and has been sequestered to our basement for his entire stay in our home. We have four cats of our own and do extensive TNR/foster work, and we cannot feasibly take on another permanent cat. Additionally, due to his traumatic attack, Leonard is extremely afraid of other cats and has developed severe anxiety in our care. When he hears, smells, or sees another cat, he is triggered and will lash out—offensively attacking the other cat and sometimes redirecting onto the nearest human. After consulting with our veterinarian who has treated Leonard since his initial injury, we have adjusted his lifestyle and have gotten him on a regimen of Prozac. While he is successfully being treated with medication and has shown no aggression since starting it, he still lives in a state of hyper-attentiveness and restlessness due to other cats in our household, as well as the presence of our feral colony outside who occasionally come to the window to taunt him (and spray our house).

Leonard cannot be returned outside as we originally planned. There are approximately thirty to forty other feral cats in our neighborhood (the vast majority are now fixed and vaccinated) and he would be forced into a situation where he may become permanently or fatally injured due to his intense anxiety and fear.

Leonard desperately needs a home without other pets so that he can finally fully decompress and feel secure enough to show his true colors. The glimpses of his true self that we've seen so far show a friendly, energetic young cat who is a great balance of sweet and independent. He has no aggression toward humans and actively seeks their companionship when he feels safe. He needs a home of his own where he can get the space and individualized attention he deserves!

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