Chester announces his cuddles with a little purr, and can be a little pushy about cuddle time (can't we all?! He can be nudged if you need some space). Sometimes he sweetly drinks water from his paws. He loves to gently sniff and bat about shoes, which is hilarious to watch as he doesn't damage them.
He was surrendered when his owner died and found cage and shelter life to be quite stressful. As a chubby guy, it's likely his owner overfed him and perhaps did not create opportunities to play. At the shelter he was sad and sometimes grumpy with staff and other cats and took to licking his belly so much that his tummy has no fur. But as soon as he got comfortable in his foster home and realized he had space and affection and peace, his anxiety improved immensely and he now licks his tummy less and less, is losing weight and is becoming more and more happy and affectionate. Like most cats, sometimes he needs alone time and will move to a quiet space or let you know with a meow and tail swishing. Give him his space and he will be back in no time to sit near his people and get some cuddles or supervise activities.
Chester is an example of a true rescue. Had he stayed in the shelter, it's unlikely he would have been adopted. In a home with a peaceful, loving family, he blossoms and fills the home with love and humour.
As a chubby guy, he is working on reducing his food intake and exercising more through playtime with his foster family. It is important to avoid treats for now and stick with a high nutrient weight-loss formula. He is licking his belly less and less, but when you notice it, it's helpful to distract him with toys. He takes a while to warm up to guests and can be skittish, so best to let him be when new people are around. He eventually comes to visit. We don't know exactly how he would be with other animals in a family setting, or with children. He didnt' seem to like cats at the shelter, but that environment was stressful for him. A safe bet he'd likely do best in a quieter home without other pets and only with adults and older children.
Chester is a wonderful little gentleman who really deserves a happy ending. Losing his family so young and struggling to cope in the shelter was very tough on him. But he proves, within hours, how trusting and loving he truly is and will only continue to thrive and melt hearts as the sweet and playful boy he is in a permanent loving home.
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