OREO 0 year(s) & 7 month(s) old
FEARFUL + CURIOUS + PLAYFUL
BLACK & WHITE
Contact with children: ?
Contact with other cats: good
Contact with dogs: ?
Contact with people: good – showing great results after a process of socialization
Special needs: someone with patience and experience with cats that continues the process we have started
Oreo and his siblings entered an abandoned garage in Alcañiz, until someone spotted them and alerted the shelter. It was an extremely difficult task to try and catch these kittens, who were wild and extremely afraid of humans and who were at a high risk of being hit by a car. We could only catch Oreo and his brother, who sadly passed away in the shelter.
Since Oreo never met humans during the first months of his life, Oreo is a very fearful kitten. We are currently working on him to help him overcome his fear of humans and to build his trust in them, and he is already showing so many signs of being able to trust in people again.
Let us tell you how the socializing process is going so far: Initially he wouldn’t even come out of hiding for food, so the first step was making him confident with coming close to humans. Our volunteer started placing a bowl of food where he was hiding and moving it closer to her every time she was going to feed him until he would be finally eating nearby. Now he no longer hides, and he comes out every time our volunteer goes to feed him.
After this was achieved, the volunteer started to desensitize Oreo to her hands, placing her hand on the side of a food bowl. This way, everytime he would eat, he would have to brush the side of his face past her hand.
The next step would be start touching him, so dduring feeding time, our volunteer slowly started touching Oreo’s body while he eats, and he allows this without any problem now.
After he was used to being cuddled, he was trained to take things from our volunteer’s hands, like treats and toys. It is amazing to see how well he will plays with toys now and how he comes and licks meat paste from our volunteer’s hands. He specifically likes to play with little fuzzy cat balls and feathers.
As you can see, Oreo has come on so much since the first day he arrived to the shelter. He is now curious of people and not as afraid. Please watch our YouTube video of him where he sniffs another of our volunteer’s finger! He would have never done this before. Rather, he would have run and hide until the person left. However, now he’s approaching even those he doesn’t know so well!
We are extremely proud of him for all this progress, and we are completely sure that he’s only going to get better and better at trusting humans. Would you be the person who continues with this process and helps our beautiful Oreo to become the great cat he’s meant to be?
All animals available for adoption have a microchip and passport. They have been tested for common diseases (Leishmania for dogs, FeLV and FIP for cats). Adult animals are fully vaccinated and castrated.
* Until complete adaptation, adult supervision with small children is essential.