~Final update - 28 Mar 2016~
As I couldn't find Chester a forever home, I got him neutered and released him at my condo grounds.
~Night of Rescue - 25 Feb 2016~
We bumped into Chester while we were walking home from dinner on the night of 25 Feb 2016. He was fearful but hunger got the best of him and he bravely came near us for a bit of my husband's pie. There was a Jaya Grocer nearby so I dashed there and bought 2 pouches of cat food. While he was gobbling up the first packet, my husband ask "So are you going to catch it and get it snipped? Better decide now before it gets full and runs off."
Typically, I don't rescue cats who are not in need of help (i.e. not injured) and I trap-neuter-release stray cats whom I've fed for a while and am familiar with. But Chester seemed manageable to catch so I grabbed him by the scruff of his neck and took him back to our place.
~Vet Visit - 27 Feb 2016~
Took Chester to the vet today, with the intention of getting him neutered. At the beginning, I'd thought Chester was female (I didn't get to check him out closely) so the vet enlightened me and informed me that he's male :P And for male cats, it is not recommended to neuter them too early so that their urinary tubes can develop so that they have a lesser chance of getting urinary issues later in life. The vet recommends male cats to be neutered around 10 months or older. This is a new thing I learned today because I'd thought all cats can be neutered from 6 months and above. Well, it can be done, just not recommended.
(Note: The urinary issue does not affect female cats)
Chester is estimated to be about 5 months old now. Unfortunately, I can't keep him for another 5 months before getting him neutered. So I am boarding him at the vet for the next 2 weeks to try to find him a home, failing which, I will neuter him and release him.
Chester is not an aggressive cat. He is fearful of strangers and hisses, which is totally normal, but he does not bite or scratch. Once you softly pat his head, he calms down and stops hissing.
Conditions for adoption:
1. Ideally to be an indoor-only cat. This is to prevent any unfortunate incidents like being hit by vehicles or attacked by humans or other animals.
2. Commit to neuter him at 10 months. Those who are interested to adopt Chester MUST commit to neuter him because this is the only way to control our stray cat population. It also prevents him from spraying around your house and prevents certain health conditions (Google on benefits of neutering cats).
3. Ensure regular vaccinations as per your vet's advise, and medical attention when necessary.
4. To be willing to provide regular updates on his progress until he is neutered.
Procedures to be taken care of by me prior to Chester's adoption: De-flea, deworm, vaccinate (1st dose)
I cannot stress enough the importance of neutering and spaying of pets to prevent unwanted litters and ultimately, controlling the stray population. As such, only potential adopters who believe in spaying/neutering their pets OR those who are willing to learn about spaying/neutering will be considered.
Serious adopters only. Kindly contact me via email, SMS or whatsapp if you are interested. I will contact you as soon as I can.
*Adopt, never buy. Save a life today*
*Love needs no pedigree*