A CAT cannot find an owner because he is always sneezing.

Nine-year-old Elliot has been searching for a home for some time after being handed into Cats Protection’s national adoption centre near Hayward’s Heath.

But staff there say his heavy sneezing may have put off some potential owners.

He has chronic rhinitis which means he is particularly “snuffly”.

As a result, the tabby cat is prone to bursts of sneezing

Staff at the centre, in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, say he has a lot of love to give a new owner.

The centre’s deputy manager, Tania Marsh, said: “Elliott is definitely very snuffly and his condition means he has some damage to the bones in his nose.

“But, this doesn’t bother him and he is a happy, affectionate chap.”

Ms Marsh said that this should not bother new owners either.

She said: “We think his condition has put off some people from adopting him, which is a shame as would make a lovely pet.

“We’re looking for a patient owner who can give Elliott the loving home he desperately needs.

“Cats with health conditions may seem like a daunting prospect at first, but in many cases they can be managed well with the right care.

“Cats like Elliott deserve a safe, warm home as much as any other cat, and we hope we can find a new owner for him soon.”

Cats Protection is the UK’s largest rehoming centre.

It aims to rehome cats as well as encouraging the neutering of cats and educating others about looking after the animals.

Founded in 1927, the charity now helps about 200,000 cats each year through its 250 volunteer-run branches and 36 centres across the UK.

Its aim is to create “a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs”.

Call 01825 741331 or go online to cats.org.uk