Simon the cat © RSPCA27.01.14

We’re appealing for a new home for one of our less attractive residents – a cat with cauliflower ears.

Poor Simon has been in our care since October last year, after he was picked up as a stray.

When he was found his ears were described as ‘cauli-flowered, filthy and full of ear mites’.

Following months of intensive care, which included treatment twice a day followed by a full ear clean each week, he is now well on his way to recovery.

Overlooked because of his unusual ears

But sadly despite all this little fella has been through no one has come forward to offer him a new home and staff fear it could be because of his rather unusual ears.

Ryan Traynor, cattery supervisor at the RSPCA Gonsal Farm Animal Centre in Shrewsbury said:

“We believe Simon was suffering from a chronic ear mite problem – and that it had irritated him so much it actually led to him self-harming. As a result he ruptured the blood vessels in them.

“He has undergone months of treatment but despite all this he is still a real character and very friendly and affectionate.

“He will always need minor treatment – this would include weekly ear cleaning, and monthly Stronghold treatments along with regular checks from the vet.

“However, his ear problem will not impact on his quality of life – and we just hope people can see past his peculiar look and see him for the great cat he really is.

“Simon is around three years old and staff and volunteers at the centre are desperate to see him head off to a loving new home which he truly deserves.”

Can you give cat Simon a loving home?

Anyone interested in offering Simon a new home is urged to contact Gonsal Farm Animal Centre on 0300 123 0753.

To help the RSPCA help animals like Simon donate online or text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).