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Tamerlan Domestic Short Hair & Tabby Mix Rochester, WA

  • Adult
  • Male
  • Medium
  • White, Tabby (Buff / Tan / Fawn)


Friendly, Playful, Smart, Affectionate, Curious, Brave, Entertaining, Thinks Everything is a Game
Coat length
Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered, special needs.
Good in a home with
Prefers a home without
Other cats, other animals.
Adoption fee

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Meet Tamerlan

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From the Foster:

Tamerlan showed up in my yard as a starving, scared, semi-feral tomcat—he was literally skin and bones. Vets estimated he was 3-5 years old, and despite all of the unaccustomed veterinary attention, he was easy to handle. He is now neutered and has all his vaccinations.

A suburban, outdoor-only cat until now, it was not expected that Tamerlan would consider living indoors, but he was willing to learn. He has become a huge fan of sunny spots, birdwatching from the cat tree, cushy sleeping surfaces, fireplaces, and high-quality, human-grade cat food. Due to having been starved, he will need to remain on a high-quality diet for life.

Tamerlan is intelligent, affectionate, and very playful. He loves playing with a ping pong ball in the bathtub; he goes crazy swatting it around. He seems to want to turn everything into a game and makes me laugh by throwing himself at my feet and purring up a storm. He dashes through the cat tunnel, playfully jumps out to ambush, and enjoys being chased. Loves toys, and will make his own.

He has even gotten comfortable with being picked up—a major accomplishment. He will sometimes sit in your lap or snuggle up on your chest to watch TV. Sometimes he sleeps next to me, leaning against my leg for contact.

Tamerlan has a slight hearing deficit, possibly due to very gunky ears when he showed up, which he has been treated for. He does need to have his ears cleaned from time to time, which he is good about doing for food rewards.

However, Tamerlan has not been able to learn how to share with other cats, possibly due to having lived in survival mode for so long. He resorts to harassment rather than attack, but it is too much for my senior cat, who is really stressed. I am sorry to put him up for adoption but hope to find him the home of his dreams.

Tamerlan needs an urban neighborhood, which is what he is used to. He is not suited to rural life due to his hearing deficit and lack of familiarity with coyotes. He does not want to be a barn cat, he wants an indoor life with access to the outside. He enjoys interacting with people and would do well with a single person who was home a lot or a family. He should do fine with an older child or two who understands cats. He has been quiet and gentle with the children who have stopped by to say hello outside.

He would do best in a home with no other cats to compete with for attention. He also would not do well with small animals, birds, reptiles, or other critters since he still possesses hunting skills.

Regarding outdoor dogs, Tamerlan prepares for battle by puffing up if the dog indicates wanting to harm, but he does not go into attack mode unless the dog brings the fight to him. I don’t think he wants to live with a dog, but he is curious about them, so perhaps it could work.

To date, Tamerlan insists on using the outdoor bathroom rather than an indoor litter box. No amount of rain or cold weather has managed to change his mind. Perhaps if he were an only cat he might give it a try. For now, he needs a home that has cat door access to the outside (he is trained to use an electronic cat door keyed to his microchip so that wildlife or other cats don’t follow him inside). It would be best to keep him in at night and invest in a smart cat door with prey detection because he sometimes brings his hunting trophies home.

Tamerlan will be a wonderful addition to the right household.
His arrival, recovery, and playfulness are documented in many YouTube videos - just copy and paste the following link into your browser:

Tamerlan's meet and greet will be in West Seattle. If you would like to meet Tamerlan in person, you will need to be willing to travel to West Seattle.

Tamerlan's adoption fee is $150.

An approved application and an appointment is required.

If interested in meeting Tamerlan, please submit an application by copying/pasting this link into your browser:

*While we try to ensure every cat is healthy, no rescue cat is perfect. Please keep in mind that ANY kind of stress can disrupt a cats life. New environment, new people, new food. Cats can sneeze or have a runny nose too, so please give them time to adjust. Many of our cats come from horrendous outside situations. Many had open wounds, infections, parasites, and were malnourished. Regardless, EVERY cat deserves another chance. Please take this into consideration when filling out an adoption application.

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