Christmas miracle! ‘Demon’ cat Chester finds new home after being returned to the RSPCA four times for being a ‘bad boy’
- Tabby cat Chester was returned to the RSPCA shelter four times in seven years
- His previous owner called him ‘demonic’ when returning him in mid-November
- Cat-lover Wilma saw Chester on the news and adopted the feline on Wednesday
- RSPCA cat carers are confident Chester has found his ‘forever home’ with Wilma
A ‘demonic’ cat who was returned to the RSPCA four times over his bad behaviour has found a new owner in time for Christmas.
A cat-lover named Wilma, who wished to withhold her surname, finally adopted Chester on Wednesday, just two sleeps before Christmas.
Eight-year-old tabby Chester (centre), his new owner Wilma (left) and RSPCA South Australia cat carer Jenny Sherring (right). Chester was returned to the RSPCA four times in seven years before Wilma adopted him on Wednesday
Wilma has owned cats in the past and made the decision to adopt Chester after seeing his story on the news on Tuesday night.
‘I’ve been wanting another cat for a while and I just thought he looked cute,’ Wilma said.
‘There’s just me, no other animals, and I’m retired so I’m home a lot.
‘He’s been following me around the house and he sat up behind my head on the recliner.
‘It’s only day one, but he’s already looking pretty relaxed here and I’m just letting him mosey about and giving him a treat now and then.’
Although this will be Chester’s fifth home in seven years, RSPCA cat carer Jenny Sherring feels confident that Chester has found his perfect match in Wilma.
Wilma (left) has owned cats in the past and made the decision to adopt Chester after seeing his story on the news on Tuesday night. Ms Sherring (right) is delighted for Chester but admits they will all miss the cat, who she describes as a ‘unique character’
Chester’s previous owner described him as ‘demonic’ before returning the feline to the RSPCA in mid-November – the fourth time in seven years
‘As soon as Wilma interacted with him, it was clear that this was a lady who understands cats,’ Ms Sherring said.
Ms Sherring is delighted for Chester but admits they will all miss the cat, who she describes as a ‘unique character’.
‘Because he’s been in and out of our care so many times now, all of us in the cat-care team have gotten to know him and appreciate his quirky, confident nature,’ she said.
‘I’ll definitely miss having him call out to me each day, wanting me to step into his enclosure with him and give him some love and attention.
‘With Wilma, I feel confident that he’s going to get all the attention he wants – and no more. That’s a perfect outcome.’
RSPCA SA posted a callout to find Chester a new owner to Facebook on Tuesday.
While Chester has a fiery side, the eight year-old tabby is also affectionate and playful
‘We’re not going to beat around the bush with this one, Chester has some serious cattitude,’ RSPCA SA wrote.
‘In his spare time Chester likes to burn down villages, worship the devil and swipe/bite his human underlings.
‘Despite his (ahem) misgivings, Chester has a unique and quirky personality. When you strip back his cold, ruthless exterior you find a loving, chatty cat, who loves a pat (on his own terms) and a friend to rule the world alongside.’
The RSPCA shared a video of Chester showing off his diverse personalities which range from friendly and playful to temperamental as he swipes and tries to bite staff.
While Chester appears to have found a home with Wilma, at least for now, there are still some 20 older cats in RSPCA SA’s care waiting for loving forever homes.
RSPCA’s Lonsdale shelter is open 10am to 4pm weekdays and 10am to 3pm on weekends but will be closed on Christmas, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
While Chester appears to have found a home with Wilma, at least for now, there are still some 20 older cats in RSPCA SA’s care waiting for loving forever homes