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Adorable shelter kitten with unique features determined to find his forever home

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Finding a new forever home can be a struggle when you look a little different. But one special little kitty saw his chance and was determined not to be left behind.

By Zoe Monk

Published on the 03/01/2020, 11:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:34

His Instagram account may say that he's a professional snuggler, but little Arlo the cat had a very uncertain start to life.


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When the tabby kitten arrived at Cats Protection's Bridgend Adoption Centre in South Wales, staff immediately noticed that the cat looked very unusual.

Arlo was born with hydrocephalus, which is a build-up of fluid in the brain. This resulted in the cat having a misshapen head which also makes one of his eyes look much smaller than the other.


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Staff at the adoption centre quickly fell in love with little Arlo.


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"Arlo is an absolute sweetheart, and he's charmed all the staff at the centre," Sue Dobbs, Manager of Cats Protection's Bridgend Adoption Centre, told Love Meow.

"He may look a bit different from other cats, but he's got a lot of love to give, and is full of fun and mischief."

Arlo was given a thorough check by the vet who found that despite his condition he was a healthy kitten and ready to find a forever home.


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Sue and her colleagues were keen to find Arlo the right home that would give him the best quality of life.

"Arlo is such a lovely cat and deserves a happy and loving home," Sue explained.

Perfect match

Fortunately, Arlo didn't have to wait too long.

Davy who works with children with disabilities had begun to think about the possibility of sharing his home with a feline friend.

"I live alone in a little rural cottage and thought it would be ideal for an older cat. But my friends began to tag me in posts from Cats Protection, about this little cat with additional needs," Davy said.

"They felt that I should at least visit him and see what I thought. So I looked, and it was Arlo."

Davy contacted the adoption centre and arranged to come in and meet the now one-year-old tabby. Despite Arlo loving nothing more than snuggling with shelter staff, he would be shy and nervous when meeting new people.

But not with Davy.

Love at first sight

The pair made an instant connection.

"He approached and gave me a lick, and I took that as a sign that we made a match," Davy said.

"Just the first glance of him made me fall in love."

Happy new home

Arlo settled into his new home with Davy very quickly. The once shy little cat soon came out of his shell and loved nothing more than being cuddled. Especially on Davy's lap.


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"He's very shy and nervous still and doesn't like loud noises. But he's so loving," Davy said. "His personality is amazing. He's such a character."


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Grown in confidence

As Arlo got used to his new home he began to really grow in confidence. Even at his first vet visit, Arlo wanted a cuddle with everyone he met.

The little bundle of fun enjoys chasing his human Dad up the stairs and racing him to the bed. He loves Davy's slippers too and will drag them into his bed and snuggle into them.

Purrfect life

A typical day for Arlo often starts by waking Davy up with love and purrs. He may then sit in the window watching the world go by or keep a watchful eye on the fish in the aquarium. When he needs a rest, Arlo will then find Davy for a cuddle and to curl up in his lap for a snooze.

We hope Davy and Arlo have a very happy life together.