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About Me

Breed: Domestic Shorthair crossbreed
Colour: Black and White
Age: 2 Years (approx)
Ref: Benjamin

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Benjamin is definitely not your typical domestic cat, but we believe he may have it in him one day if we can find him the right owner who’s prepared to work with him over a long period of time.


He was living as a stray at a saddlery for some time, we believe he is related to Billy and Freya (who were trapped at the same colony) who although initially being scared came on well and had clearly had a home before being abandoned there. We honestly don’t know if Benj is much more frightened of people because he had to fend for himself for longer, or whether he may have been one of their kittens who has always led an outdoor life - its not what we want for him now though, as he deserves that warm comfy bed when the nights are cold and harsh.


When he first came into care he lived in his litter tray, we could stroke him but mainly because he was frozen with fear, however after vets visits to get him neutered, chipped and vaccinated he really didn’t like us very much :-/


He was in a very enclosed pen and we feel he just felt totally trapped and over powered when his fosterer would go in. We have since moved him to a different pen which has lovely views of the garden and there is no doubt he is much happier in himself, although still not very responsive to us - other than hissing.


So what sort of home do we hope to find for him? Well first of all the people have got to be experienced cat people who understand this semi- feral behaviour and realise that he is going to be a long term project, and hence are offering a home more for him than them as there is not going to be much coming back from him - most certainly in the short to medium term .


We really don’t want him to be an outdoor or stable cat, we want him to have a proper home, where he could have his own downstairs room , where he can fully settle and then ideally be given some outdoor access directly from that room, initially in the form of a catio so he can enjoy some outdoor space but not just take himself off and not come back. Once fully settled in and trust is fully built with new owners then at that point he could be given more freedom - but a catio is essential in the short /medium term at least.


Benj is a cat who’s instinct is to run when he is approached by a human and because he can’t do that ,his natural response is to defend himself and give off those warning signals. In a larger space where he doesnt feel so trapped we do think he will finally start to make some progress, but be in no doubt he is going to take time and patience, and any new owners need to be prepared and happy that they may never get much back from him.


He did used to run to his original feeder for food so we know hes got it in him to have a good association with people, and this is why we feel he could ( and deserves to be) worked with.


We totally appreciate that Benj will not suit most types of homes and because of his nature it needs to be an experienced adult only home which is quiet with not many people coming and going - a tall order we know but we are great believers in that the right home is out there for every cat and we feel sure that one day Benj will also get his happy ever after - are you that special person??

My personality

  • I may be able to live with another cat
  • I'd prefer to be outside most of the time
  • I'd prefer an adult only household
  • I'm independent; I like to do my own thing!
  • I would prefer not to live with a dog

About Me

Breed: Domestic Shorthair crossbreed
Colour: Black and White
Age: 2 Years (approx)
Ref: Benjamin

Contact the centre or branch about me:

RSPCA Stourbridge & District Branch

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