Hondo was a breeder’s stud. Studs often have a hard time in a cattery situation, they are caged all the time and do not get much attention. They are actually needed for very few hours in a year. Hondo came to us quite depressed and reclusive. After a week or so we petted him. “Oh no!!” he said and moved away. However, fairly soon he was rolling on his back so we could rub his tummy. He loves tummy rubs and is a very sweet, big cat.
We have now had him for two months and he has been neutered and microchipped and vaccinated etc. He has had a two week treatment for a nasty parasite common in catteries and now he is all done and has tested negative at Idexx labs. He has been wormed. He did not have any fleas. We are about to bathe him. We didn’t feel he would tolerate a bath before this but now he trusts us and is ready. His cage was not, shall we say, a clean place for him to live so he will look and feel better after his bath. He is 16 pounds so my good friend who will bathe him is a heroine. I will take new photo’s.
You will notice Hondo’s right eye is partly closed. Sometimes it is wide open but often it is partly closed . Hondo has a congenital birth defect ( eyelid agenesis )in the upper eyelid there – a little strip of the upper eyelid is missing. His condition is minor and no treatment is needed. His vision is fine. That eyelid also rolls a little inward. That is no problem for him either. The vet said putting a little human eye lubricant gel on that eye might be a good idea to ensure proper lubrication. We have been doing that with no trouble.
This partly closed eye has been a blessing for Hondo since it was that eye “problem” that caused us to ask the breeder to give him to us and caused her to agree. It was his get out of jail card. We were so pleased and relieved to find the cause of his partly closed eye is so benign and his vision is fine. (We expected a herpes damaged eye which can be serious and rupture.)
Hondo has found lots of new and interesting things in the world of his foster home. He is fascinated by the kittens next door. I believe he is very cat friendly; the company of cats being the majority of his entertainment for the past years. (I have a photo of him cuddled up with another adult cat in his cage.) So a family with another cat or cats would be very good for him. His breeder also had two large dogs who wandered about so we know he has seen dogs, if not been with them.If they were gentle with him he would probably would be social with them. He is entirely non-aggressive with us.
Hondo needs a family who will enjoy giving him love and a home life .They will have the fun and satisfaction to see him grow in happiness, and in joy at the richness that life can offer. Have you seen the Youtube videos of lions, who had to lives in cages, being released and feeling grass under their paws for the first time. That always brings tears to my eyes. That is how I feel about this boy. What joy to watch him respond to the love and space and sunlight in his new home.. He will be so loyal and grateful. And, of course, he is a super smart Savannah with all that implies – what a fascinating boy he is.
Right now he looks a little rough. We will bathe him and continue brushing him and giving him Omega 3’s for his coat. His new family will take over playing with him and give him space to run about and soon his body will be back in condition and his sleek Savannah athleticism will emerge. He is a young, healthy boy and will be utterly fine through all this.
Hondo eats wet and dry food and loves treats of raw chicken.
His foster mom is Harriet in Santa Cruz.
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