Before I could get him through the San Jose Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) program, he was a fighter. As a consequence, his right ear is mangled (only a week or so before his left ear was clipped from TNR) and he is FIV+ (Feline AIDS - the link is to the Wikipedia page). I have seen no health effects at this time, and my understanding is there my not be, but in the interest of full disclosure, I wanted to be up front about that.
Since going through TNR just about a year ago, he has settled down amazingly. He has since moved in and has been getting along great with my cats, Angie and Sophie, and until recently, Rocco, a cute little tux. Rocco has moved to Idaho, where I'm headed, as are Angie and Sophie. It breaks my heart to leave Jack behind, but it there is simply not enough room for him in the combined households (I recently got married).
As such, I really want to get Jack the best home I can, and I think he deserves it. He's become a gentle soul and more than any cat I've known (I've been a cat owner for about 40 years), I feel like I know what he's thinking and he knows what I'm thinking - but like I say, compared to other cats. He is very meticulous with the cat box and while he has sprayed, he quickly has come around.
Speaking of which, Jack comes with a free copy of The Cat Whisperer: Why Cats Do What They Do--and How to Get Them to Do What You Want by Mieshelle Nagelschneider - this is a very handy book I recommend for all cat owners, a FURminator cat brush (perfect getting out his short, but dense undercoat, especially in the spring), and of course, his favorite toy, his little pink rat-on-a-stick friend. (See the video below.)
I would ideally like to find Jack a new home by the second week of September, but I know that may not be realistic.
If you think you might be interested, check out the videos and pictures below and feel free to contact me.
Jack's Scratch Session
A typical behavior for a bit, before he settles in next to my arm.
Jack once again getting what he loves and letting you know he likes it.
A little front porch time where Jack interacts with Sophia and in passing, Angela. The get along as well as any cats I've known.
Jack's favorite toy is the one I call the pink rat-on-a-stick. He loves to swat at hit as it's flying over or chase it through the room, but every now and then I bring them nose-to-nose and they become buddies.
Jack Plays, Part 2
A minute or so later, Jack settles in with his little buddy.
No Claw What-so-ever
The day after dental cleaning and 2 extractions, Jack's feeling good and plays a bit - claws fully retracted.
Jack Gets His Close-up
More of Jack doing what Jack loves to do.
Jack at His Gentle Best
Don't get the wrong impression, Jack is not a needy cat; if I encourage him, he'll sometimes jump up on the arm of the couch and we'll do a bit of this. He has a knack for finding a spot where he can lay for a while, and I can still work from home. Mostly.