Jester

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Jester is a sweet boy who is looking for a special home. For his entire life (Jester is now 8 years old) he has lived in a house with one person and a large number of cats. Since there were rarely any visitors to Jester's home, he is a shy boy who is extremely nervous of strangers. He lived a very quiet & sheltered life where change was very rare so until Jester came into our care, he hadn't learned how to adjust to anything new. Once Jester gets to know you he's a real love bug, but it takes him time to be comfortable in new environments and around different people.

Jester has lived his whole life in a home with a lot of other cats so he will likely do fine in a home with other felines. However, this boy is large and in charge. Weighing in at 23lbs, Jester can throw his weight around. He's typically good with other cats but sometimes he can be pushy with them without really meaning to be; he's just so much bigger than they are. Although he lived with many other cats, Jester hasn't had to meet a new cat in over 6 years so it may take him a while to get used to a new feline. He has never met a dog.

Jester will sometimes keep to himself if the other cats in the house are getting attention from their human but when he's in the mood for cuddles, he'll push himself to the front of the line and take over. He loves to be combed and rubbed frequently and isn't shy about rubbing himself on you aggressively once he decides that you're trust worthy. He has the biggest purr you've ever heard and once he trusts you, you'll never hear the end of it. Jester isn't a fan of being picked up, so prefers pets when he's in his happy place (which is usually up high on top of a scratch post or book shelf.)

When Jester first came to VPAS, it took his foster mom a few weeks before he'd allow her to touch him, and almost a month before we would willingly approach her for attention. It is important that Jester's adopter be a cat savvy person who has previous experience working with shy cats. An adopter who can read Jester's body language and help him to come out of his shell will be important for him. A quiet, adult-only home with a single person or couple will be ideal for Jester.

Since being in our care, we have discovered that Jester is extremely allergic to topical parasite control medications (flea/tick/worm treatments.) He has always been an indoor-only cat, and it will be extremely important that Jester stays indoors as he cannot be given flea treatment. Due to this, he'll need to be in a home that does not have a history of flea being present because even indoor-only cats can get fleas if they are in the environment. Jester's skin is so sensitive that it will be extremely difficult to him to have to deal with fleas should he ever get them.

If you'd like to learn more about Jester, please contact us at victoriapets@gmail.com and tell us a little bit about your home and your previous experience working with shy cats.