Arlo, who is currently being taken care of at our Savage, Minn. location, had just one thing on his holiday wish list – his very own forever family. Though the holidays are over, Arlo is still waiting for his perfect forever home and it could be with you!
He has been through much transition and is craving routine and predictability. The goal for Arlo is not to just find a family, but to find the perfect family for him who will be patient with him and love and appreciate him for the wonderful boy he is. Arlo is a bit of a character and his antics will keep you laughing.
Now almost 2 years old, Arlo was originally a stray who was adopted earlier this year. There was a lot of stress for Arlo there and he was returned. He came back with self-inflicted wounds, which were the result of his chewing and biting himself in a condition known as “barbering.” Various treatments were tried, most unsuccessfully. It was discovered that Arlo gets carried away with his playtime. If playtime came to an abrupt end, his behavior would turn into aggression towards himself and people, much like a toddler throwing a temper tantrum. Through extensive conditioning and a mild dose of Fluoxetine (10 mg daily), Arlo has made considerable improvements. His energy level has since stabilized and his playtime behavior has become much better. He takes his frustrations out on his toys, to which he should be redirected, and will now give loving kisses to just about any calm person willing to spend a few minutes with him.
This handsome boy still has some work to do and his new family must be dedicated to plenty of playtime each day, to the point that Arlo is physically tired. His new home can have no other cats or small animals. He may have the potential to thrive in a home with a dog but it is critical that both animals are introduced slowly. It is possible he can be weaned off his medication but his new family should be committed to keeping him stable and on a raw diet. They must also be prepared to provide lots of toys and attention to Arlo! He will thrive in a calm environment and if there are children in his new home, it would be best if they are over the age of 12 and know to be respectful to animals. Arlo weighs about 10-12 pounds so he is a very manageable size.
There is no application fee but a home visit may be required and his adopter will be required to sign a contract, agreeing to his terms of adoption. Arlo’s adoption fee is $180.
Did you know that many of our locations foster and provide care for cats that are up for adoption through area rescue organizations? You can check each store page to see if the location near you is part of the program and which organization they foster through.