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Without a tail, folded ears and a face covered with claw marks from a life of scrapping, Ottis looks as if he had won points over the world-famous stray named “Ricky Catton” because of his combative personality.
Sullen tabby Fergal got his boxing nickname earlier this summer when attempts to find him a new home failed because of his sour expression.
His predicament became vital when animal lovers around the world flooded the Cats Protection Rescue Center in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire with gifts to make Fergal smile on his battered face.
While the advertisement eventually brought Fergal a new home, Ottis, the challenger, remains languishing in a rescue center because animal rights activists struggle to find him with a new owner.
Pictures of Ottis in need of care were released today by the RSPCA to show the eight-year-old black and white cat at its best after waiting weeks for adoption.
When Ottis got off the street in April at the charity’s Southall Cattery in Hounslow, west London, a life of fighting had made him look like a hangdog.
In addition to an injury to his left hind leg, his tail had to be amputated and there was an abscess and scars around his ears, probably from fighting other cats.
Although his ears look folded and his tail has become a stump, Ottis’ RSPCA supervisors still describe him as a “beautiful gentleman”.
Aneel Odhwani, Animal Care Assistant at Southall Cattery, sincerely asked cat lovers to give him a chance, saying, “Ottis loves people and he can be a little overwrought at times so he may need an adult-only household and a family like his will understand quirky personality. He has so much love to offer and his lively character really comes through.
“He’s a lively boy with a lot of personality and really deserves his second chance at happiness.”
The RSPCA has one more warning: “Ottis would rather be the only cat in a household and not live with a dog.”
To move Ottis, call the RSPCA Southall Cattery on 0300 123 0746. on