Black moggy Sparky now allows staff at the Millbrook Animal Centre, in Chobham, Surrey to touch him, having arrived at the cattery too nervous to accept a human’s touch.
A pet dubbed “Britain’s biggest scaredy-cat” who was too frightened to be stroked is looking for a new owner after months with the RSPCA.
Black moggy Sparky has spent nearly seven months – 200 days – being looked after by the animal charity.
The six-year-old feline was so nervous when he arrived that the charity’s specially-trained staff couldn’t even stroke him.
He would hide all day and wouldn’t even eat cat treats handed to him at their Millbrook Animal Centre, in Chobham, Surrey.
But they have now calmed him down and are amazed at his transformation. Sparky is now a friendly puss and is looking for a family who want him as a pet.
An RSPCA spokesperson said: “We are hoping to find a home for a nervous cat who has been in the charity’s care for nearly seven months.
“The six-year-old black cat came into the care of RSPCA Millbrook Animal Centre in Surrey in March this year after being rescued from a multi-cat home.
“Sadly, poor Sparky was underweight, suffering from fleas, and very scared of the staff and his new environment.
“When he first came into the charity’s care he was extremely nervous and wouldn’t let any of the staff touch him, not even to take a treat. He would hide away all day and didn’t want any interaction with people.”
“However, over time Sparky has really grown in confidence and has learnt to trust the staff at Millbrook even getting used to being stroked.”
Claire Jones, cattery supervisor at the charity, said: “He was so scared when he first arrived with us, it’s taken a lot of time and patience to get him where he is now.
“When the staff members first saw a video of Sparky purring whilst getting some fuss, most of them were moved to tears. It’s amazing to see his transformation.
“He really enjoys being stroked now, when he is in the mood.
“This still has to be on his terms but he is much friendlier now. He will take chicken and treats from the staff and sometimes even enjoys being brushed.
“He is looking for a quiet home with no other pets and with really patient people, who will expect him to go back a few steps in terms of being shy but with loads of time and patience we think he’ll flourish and become a wonderful pet.”