'Loneliest cat' faces another Christmas without a family after no one adopts him

Bonnie Christian
Toby is facing another Christmas alone: RSPCA
Toby is facing another Christmas alone: RSPCA

The RSPCA’s “loneliest cat” is facing a second Christmas alone after going almost a year without being adopted.

Toby, an 11-year-old black-and-white cat, was taken into care at the RSPCA's Canterbury branch last Christmas Eve.

It usually takes around 28 days for a cat to find a home.

Toby is one of 46 cats rescued from a house, 15 of which were taken in by the RSPCA. He is the only one who has not been adopted.

The RSPCA said his shy nature might have held Toby back.

Toby was one of 46 cats rescued from a house last year (RSPCA)
Toby was one of 46 cats rescued from a house last year (RSPCA)

Beth Hixson from the branch said: “Toby’s former housemates were re-homed quite quickly but poor Toby didn’t cope well with being in the cattery so hid away and wouldn’t come out to see people when they came to choose a cat.

“We found a foster home for Toby where he has proven to be a sociable, friendly and interactive cat.

“He loves to snuggle up on the bed at night and spend sunny days exploring the garden, he just needs to find a home where he can enjoy doing this for the rest of his days.

“We’d love to see him a new home for Christmas, there must be someone out there looking for an older cat for some company.”

The RSPCA expects more than 10,000 vulnerable animals like Toby to be taken in by the RSPCA over the winter months.