If you’re a cat person, chances are the picture of this glorious kitten will have drawn you right in.
This is Jamie, a gorgeous little tabby and white house cat with a sad story – and he’s looking for a new home.
Jamie is just 12 weeks old but he has been through so much in his short life.
His mum was very underweight and sickly when she was collected as a stray by the national RSPCA.
She was also heavily pregnant – so heavily that she promptly gave birth in the back of the inspector’s van.
RSPCA Manchester and Salford say: “Mum did her best to raise her kittens, but was clearly struggling and unwell and we lost her when the kittens were about five weeks old.”
The little ones then had their own fight for survival when they developed symptoms of a nasty gastric bug and started losing weight.
They add: “They were admitted to the vets for some time to receive treatment but we are delighted that the litter pulled through and are now ready for adoption.”
As for poor Jamie, his issues have become clearer as he has grown.
“Jamie was always the biggest and most robust of his siblings, however we have discovered that he has suffered some slight brain damage – probably during birth – so he is looking for a home where he will have plenty of safe indoor space to explore.
“The brain damage doesn’t have very obvious symptoms and he mostly appears completely normal, but occasionally his head and eyes will flicker and he is a little bit clumsier than the rest of his litter. We think this increases his already considerable lovability.”
Jamie has an incredible enthusiasm for everything – from running around and wrestling with his siblings to eating and having a cuddle Jamie throws himself into life with great gusto.
The RSCPA say that, because of his slight brain damage, they are looking to rehome him as a house cat – they believe that roads would be hazardous for him to negotiate with his slight clumsiness and exuberance.
“He loves to run around and would need a large property to express himself. Once he’s old enough he could enjoy exploring a safe enclosed garden under supervision.
“He loves the company of his siblings and it’s a must that he has another playful cat to rough and tumble with.”
Jamie has not yet been neutered, but that is something the branch will arrange to be done when he is around six months.