Pet of the week: Timid Tommy a good fit for quiet home

Lyndie Scott, kennel supervisor at the Winchester SPCA's Rockaplenty Adoption and Education Center, holds Tommy. Brad Fauber/Daily

WINCHESTER — Tommy, a black domestic longhair cat who has resided at the Winchester SPCA for nearly six months, is an affectionate animal that will gladly curl up in your lap, says Lyndie Scott, kennel supervisor at the new Rockaplenty Adoption and Education Center.

But Tommy is also a little timid, Scott added, which is why she said believes he’s best suited for a home with a more laid back atmosphere.

“I’d like to see him go to … a quiet home,” Scott said. “I think that would be good for him.”

A resident of the Winchester SPCA since late November, Tommy was surrendered to the facility when his previous owners moved from the area. Little more is known about the 20-pound feline, who Scott estimated to be between 3 and 4 years old.

Tommy’s previous living conditions are a mystery, Scott said, but she said she thinks the ideal home for Tommy would be one where his owners can be very patient with him.

“I would say I wouldn’t put him in a home with small children,” she said. “I think they would scare him. I think he would be unhappy. … I wouldn’t put him in a real active home. Probably a more quiet situation for him. Now, whether he changed once he got in that home, he might be this little crazy cat who wants to be with everybody, but here I don’t see that. Not at all.”

Though Tommy often prefers to do his own thing when placed in a room with other cats, Scott said she would “definitely” try him in a home that has more than one pet. She added that Tommy’s relationship with dogs is a question mark (he’s had no such interaction since arriving at the shelter), but Tommy seems to do well enough with fellow felines, although he will often run away when other cats get too close.

“I don’t know if he’s lived with other cats. We do let the cats out in our room to socialize. He seems to do OK,” Scott said. “He seems a little scared when I open the door in there and let him out. He kind of stays to himself a little bit.”

But Tommy seems to do just fine with people.

“He’s a good boy,” Scott said. “He’s very affectionate. He likes to be on your lap.

“If somebody goes slow with Tommy, he probably would do good around children. You can’t really go fast with him. He has to basically come to you.”

Scott said Tommy is up-to-date on all of his vaccinations, including his rabies shot, and he’s been treated for worms and fleas. Tommy is also microchipped, according to Scott.

For more information about the Winchester SPCA, visit www.winchesterspca.org. To contact the center, call (540) 662-8616 or email spca@winchesterspca.org. The Winchester SPCA’s new Rockaplenty Adoption and Education Center is located at 111 Featherbed Lane.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com