The nine-year-old tabby cat arrived at the Cats Protection centre over two months ago. "Elliot" was in good health and especially friendly towards his new carers. However, he did tend to sneeze a lot!
A very sneezy cat
After a quick examination, Elliot was diagnosed with chronic rhinitis, which basically means inflammation and swelling of the mucous membrane of the nose. It causes congestion, a runny nose, and lots of sneezing!
Tania Marsh is a centre deputy manager for Cats Protection. She said:
"Elliott is definitely very snuffly and his condition means he has some damage to the bones in his nose."
She thinks his slightly unusual habit is deterring potential owners. She continued:
"It's a shame as he would make a lovely pet...We’re looking for a patient owner who can give Elliott the loving home he desperately needs."
Let's find Elliot a home
Staff shared Elliot's story across social media channels and are hoping that some extra news coverage inspires someone to offer him a forever home. After all, it's exactly what he deserves!
"He is a happy, affectionate chap," said Tania. "Cats like Elliott deserve a safe, warm home as much as any other cat, and we hope we can find a new owner for him soon."
Cats with long-term or chronic conditions can be a daunting prospect for potential adopters. They often worry about the cost of treatment and, quite rightly, whether they can give these cats all the care and attention they need.
However, with just a little bit of TLC, Elliot's condition is very manageable, and we're keeping our paws crossed that he finds a new home soon.
If you’d like to adopt Elliot, contact the Cats Protection office in Chelwood Gate, East Sussex.