My sister has a lovely black and white moggie who is about 5 years old. She has now moved out of home and so that cat is living with my Father who didn't want a cat originally. I have always found the treatment of this lovely animal quite upsetting and I am wondering what to do.
Ollie is an outdoors cat (for which I have issues with, but that's another discussion!!) who basically lives on hs own. My Father spends most of his time at his girlfriends house, so Ollie is fed in the morning (while Dad dashes off to work), then he is left outside all day, then Dad comes home and feeds him before leaving to go to his GF's house - Leaving Ollie in all night on his own.
Now, my concern is that this cat has little to no human contact on a daily basis.
He is a longhair (with a stunning coat!), but it isn't properly cared for (even though it is in pretty good condition for someone who isn't brushed everyday).
He hasn't been taken to the vet in I don't know how many years, due to a hatred of vets after an appauling incident which almost killed him as a young kitten. This of course means that he hasn't had a check-up, vaccinations...anything...
Now, my Dad has gone away for the week. I have been feeding him at night and it just breaks my heart everytime I see him. He is so needy for attention and cuddles that it makes me a bit teary. Dad feeds him fish pouches everynight which he doesn't eat because he is obviously sick of it. He gets the cheapest food, litter, everything. I went and bought real meat, a good selection of dine tins and some furball dry food on Tuesday and he almost ran me over trying to eat it all!! I also replaced the appauling litter with Breeders Choice (hubby wouldn't let me buy Wonder Wheat!) and again, he seemed really happy.
So, my LONG post leads up to this question.
If this was anyone else, I would take him to the RSPCA and have him adopted by someone who is going to love him and pamper him and give him a wonderful home...but this is family. He has lost quite a bit of weight (for which my father was happy to hear about ?!?!?!) and so I want to take him to the vet. I want him in a home that cares for him and lets him be a cat.
He has no toys, no scrating post, isn't allowed to stretch out because his claws might ruin the carpet (!) and basically, he lives by himself.
What do I do? Do I find him a home and make sure he finally has a pampered life...or do I just continue feeling horrible everytime I see him???