Dane has had a rough life, and it showed in how timid he was when he first arrived at his foster home. He needed a safe place and patient people to coax him out of it gently. Within a matter of days he took to his people and is now trusting and affectionate with them. He likes heavy pets on his head and chin and will push his body weight into you to get more pressure from your scritches. He likes to cuddle, though since he is so big he will more often cuddle to the side with his head or paws resting on your lap or chest. He purrs instantly when his people enter the room or pet him, and when he is really happy he chirps while he purrs.
Dane will need people who will spend time with him to show him new things and teach him that the world is safe. He remains afraid of all new sounds and people, but he is a fast learner. He knows when his people are safe that he can venture into new areas of the house so long as they are near, and he has asked his foster parents to come with him so he could explore. He is also highly food motivated and will follow the treats, which has been helpful to teach him that new places and people are good.
His foster parents are still learning how he likes to play. He seems to show the most interest in pens (especially while they’re being used) and catnip mice. He is quite reactive to the sound of dogs barking and we suspect he has been mistreated by them before, so we guess that he would not be good in a home with dogs. The home he was in prior did have other cats, and to our knowledge it won’t be a problem, but given his temperament it would require a proper, slow introduction.
Dane doesn’t display any destructive behaviors and he has great litter manners (though he’s a big boy and needs a big box in an uncrowded area). He is a great companion and will be a good addition to any family looking for a friendly and affectionate furry friend.
Estimated date of birth is September 28, 2011