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Adopt A Cat   last updated - 26th May 2015

Adopting a cat is an immensely rewarding experience and you can really make a difference. Here are a few of the kitties we are lucky to have at Catcuddles. Check out our feline friends that are ready and raring to go!

Parsley

The beautiful petite, snow-white girl Parsley, is a 4 year old with a lovely, playful and friendly temperament. Like many white cats, she is deaf and must be approached gently so as not to startle her, and be homed in an indoor-only home that is spacious.

An extremely vibrant and active young girl, Parsley has little explosions of energy throughout the day, loving to hunt shadows and roll around with her favourite toys. Once she has burned off that excess energy, Parsley loves to settle down next to her human companion and enjoy fuss, brushing and strokes, and is a keen kneader of anything soft and furry when she is feeling at her most content. She is not shy about vocalizing her discontent when she wants alone time, and it's important that her new owner takes note of this and becomes familiar with her body language.

We'd classify Parsley as a special needs cat because along with her deafness she has skin sensitivity that has led to scratching and scabs on her neck and by her ear. These are likely to be a cause of allergies and an, as yet undiagnosed, skin condition. At Catcuddles we have been trying to get to the bottom of this and although not unsightly (she is a gorgeous girl) it still persists. There is a possibility that these scabs may well come and go. She will need regular monitoring, care and possibly a visit to a referral specialist at some point. Her future owner will need to be prepared to provide ongoing care, possibly for the rest of her life.
We are looking for someone experienced and competent, able to get to grips with this issue in addition to Parsley's deafness. She will need someone who can offer her a lot of time for both play and affection. Her condition does not hinder her at all physically, and there are no boundaries in her capacity to love.

Parsley is currently fostered in the Bluewater are, where she is receiving visitors :-)



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • For experienced homes
  • Special needs cat
  • Solo cat
  • Indoor only

Chewie

This is Chewie, a beautiful and very big silver Tabby boy of 9 years old. Well-loved for the duration of his life, Chewie's family were emigrating and didn't want to subject him to this upheaval, and so decided to rehome him through CatCuddles. We're now looking for a fresh start for him, in an adult-only, extremely spacious, indoor-only home where he will be the only cat and centre of attention.

Initially reserved when meeting strangers, Chewie responds best to those who introduce themselves calmly and quietly, allowing him to approach on his own terms. With his 9 years doing little to abate his energy, Chewie has little eruptions of activity and a good way to win him over is through toys and interactive games. Once he has warmed up to someone, he becomes sociable and affectionate. For the large part, he is a laid-back boy who loves to lounge around the house under radiators and on comfy furniture, and who wouldn't want this gorgeous streak of silver brightening up their home - and lives.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Shy
  • Ideal first cat
  • Needs daily grooming
  • Solo cat
  • Indoor only

Tufty

Tufty is enjoying the comforts of her heated suite at CatCuddles after spending a bleak period living as a stray in a garden shed. She is an estimated 1-2 year old with a small, agile frame, with dainty white socks that are very striking against her silky, jet black fur. She has a strong playful streak and is energetic, eager to play, and a vacuum of treats!

Tufty is still undergoing an adjustment period and is a little unsure of how to interact with people, the result of spending much of her first year of life unwanted. She is best approached by someone with a calm, confident energy, so will do wonderfully in an experienced home away from Greenwich. Still very young, her behaviour can largely affected by the right environment and by competent and loving adoptive humans. A safe garden network will be must in Tufty's new home as she has lots of energy and curiosity to explore. She also must be the only pet.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable
  • For experienced homes
  • Solo cat
  • Street savvy

Bartholomew

This is Bartholomew, an approximately 1 year old, sleek black boy sporting the look of a pirate and an active, engaging personality. He has just the one eye but this hinders him little - Bartholomew has overcome an unbelievable amount of hardship in his young life, and has done so with a fighting spirit. He is energetic and playful, a typical rambunctious young boy who is interested in everything, especially toys and treats, but he does have his shy moments, attributable to his turbulent start in life. He can be a little fearful when meeting new people, and needs to be treated with a little understanding.

Bartholomew's presence at the sanctuary is the result of an intensive rescue operation by CatCuddles, who entered a cat hoarding situation in Stevenage, where 27 cats had been breeding unfettered in increasingly poor conditions, to collect 12 cats and help with the rehoming and neutering of those remaining. Bartholomew, alongside his 12 relations, (referred to by our volunteer team as 'The Gorgeous 12'), are now available for adoption at CatCuddles, though it has required a huge investment of time and funds to get to this point, as each cat was traumatized and in very poor health, requiring extensive socialization and veterinary care.

Although Bartholomew was among the cats most used to human contact, his physical condition, specifically his eye, was in particular need of attention. After an operation to remove the severely impacted eye, and general vet care, good quality food and even better quality care, Bartholemow is healing physically and emotionally, and is ready, we feel, to have the home that he has always deserved. We would love for him to be homed alongside one of his family members, as all are close and extremely used to sharing their homes with other cats.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable
  • Special needs cat
  • Good with cats

Hudson (Reserved)

Like Bartholomew, Grayson & co., Hudson is a member of the 'Gorgeous 12', a family of cats all rescued by CatCuddles from a hoarder scenario, who are now looking for homes in pairs. These cats are very traumatized by the extremely stressful situation they have been subjected to, and haven't had sufficient human attention throughout their life. Beautiful blue boy Hudson is no exception; shy, unsure and sometimes defensive, he is prone to fleeing and hiding from visitors, and anxiety is often apparent in those glowing yellow and orange eyes of his when in the presence of a human. But he is learning - treated with only kindness and patience by our volunteers, Hudson has begun to realize that people mean no harm, and the ones at CatCuddles simply want to give him chin scratches and treats! He will of course need patience, perseverance and a very knowledgeable adopter - someone who will tackle his anxiety issues head on and continue the process started at CatCuddles of breaking down his defenses and teaching him to love - and be loved. Like all of his siblings, Hudson is absolutely deserving of this - cats are only fearful because of how humans have treated them in the past, and so it is up to humans to rectify their fear. And we can promise that there is nothing more rewarding than the day you get that first purr. Perhaps you be the one to get the sweet young Hudson purring?



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • For experienced homes
  • Good with cats

Skylar

This is Skylar, a very shy girl who is beginning to find her courage and open up to CatCuddles volunteers. Along with her relations, referred to as the 'Gorgeous 12', Skylar was rescued from a home that was densely over-crowded with cats, and she didn't get much opportunity for one-on-one attention. For this reason she is shy and tentative and often runs from new people, and she will need a lot of understanding and patience from an adopter. She is a quirky character - prone to sudden random bouts of floor rolling! - and like many of her family members, is very small for her 1 years, with a pixie-ish face. She will need to be homed in a pair, with one of her relations.

In the right home, we believe that Skylar would overcome her past, becoming a well-adjusted and loving companion cat. She is a bright spark with lots of potential.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • For experienced homes
  • Good with cats

Easton

Little caramel-cream coloured Easton of the 'Gorgeous 12' is currently a very timid and scared boy. Still recovering psychologically from the stress and clamor of the environment that CatCuddles rescued him from - where 27 cats competed for survival in a single home - Easton can sometimes be defensive and may hiss or growl if he feels overwhelmed in a situation. It's going to take someone with a rescuers heart to bring Easton back from the fearful place to which he's retreated, a process which our volunteers have already begun, that will need to reach it's climax in his forever home. The results wrought by kindness and patience are already immediately apparent in Easton; where he had an air of defeat previously, now he lays in the sunshine, wrestles with his brothers, and gorges himself happily on the high-quality CatCuddles diet, gaining much needed weight and strength. Like all of the cats that share his origins, he will need to be homed with one of the cats that he currently shares a suite with, but most of all he will need an experienced adopter with a hands-on, confident attitude, and a lot of love to spare.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • For experienced homes
  • Good with cats

Nathaniel

Nathaniel is another of the 'Gorgeous 12'; a group of 12 cats rescued by CatCuddles from a desperate hoarder situation in Stevenage. All 12 came to us filthy, terrified and underweight, and we have worked very hard restoring their emotional and physical health to ready them for adoption. That day has now come and we are looking for wonderful, loving environments for all of these cats.

The capacity of animals to forgive is astounding, and sweet-hearted young Nathaniel has always stood out among the 12 as exceptionally sociable considering all he has been through. Although understandably shy, Nathaniel has moments where he surrenders himself fully to strokes and human companionship. He has huge potential.

Nathaniel's story does not have a happy beginning. But with the right home, it can have a happy ending.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable
  • Shy
  • Good with cats

Ezra (Reserved)

Ezra is another member of the feline clan that we at CatCuddles have come to call the 'Gorgeous 12', all rescued from poor conditions in a cat hoarding environment. Having survived such hardship surrounded by his feline clan, Ezra will be happiest homed in a pair, alongside one of his family members.

In his previous situation, living in close proximity to over 20 other cats, Ezra had little opportunity to receive the human attention that he needed, and as a result he is a shy boy, often very scared around new people. Our volunteers have been working to build his confidence but he will need someone with an understanding outlook, happy to continue the good work of CatCuddles volunteers by spending lots of time with him, being gentle and patient all the while.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • Good with cats

Charlise

This is Charlise, a roughly one year old girl with an unusual coat - all grey and speckled with tan - and an arresting gaze. Like much of her family at the sanctuary, referred to by CatCuddles volunteers as 'The Gorgeous 12', Charlise is small for her age and is very shy, the result of being rescued from a cat hoarder situation. With treats and gentle coaxing she does relax somewhat, but her adopter will need to be someone who isn't deterred by Charlise's tendency to flee and hide, someone willing to be consistent in spending time with her until she no longer feels the need to do this. In the residence from which she came, Charlise lived with a total of 27 cats - not allowing much opportunity for her to get the individual attention that every young cat requires. This is why she is now in need of a little help from a caring, understanding someone, in order tto become he become the happy, laid-back cat that she should always have been - and lots of one-on-one attention to compensate for all she has missed out on. Charlise, like all members of the so-called 'Gorgeous 12', will need to be homed in a pair.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • For experienced homes
  • Good with cats

Estrella (Reserved)

Estrella shows such tenderness toward the feline clan that surround her - grooming and mothering them, she clearly has a lot of love to give. Her ability to show that love to humans has been hindered somewhat by the hardship that she's faced - rescued alongside 11 of her relations from a cat hoarder, Estrella never received a lot of human interaction and has become shy and fearful around people as a result, often fleeing from even those with the best of intentions. To lose this shyness and reveal the caring, friendly cat underneath, Estrella needs to experience the love and stability of a forever home, where she will learn, day-by-day, that she is in safe hands now, and need not fear people anymore. This is a gradual process that will require a dedicated and patient individual. Estrella will also need to be homed in a pair, with one of her relations whom she currently shares a suite with.

Still so young at roughly 1 year old, if given a bit of patience and understanding, Estrella's potential is huge.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • For experienced homes
  • Good with cats

Celeste

We suspect that tuxedo girl Celeste is hiding a daredevil under her shy exterior, and that once she can let go of her in lingering fear - the result of growing up in a hoarder situation - she will reveal herself as a bold and inquisitive feline adventurer.

To get to that point, as with all of her family at CatCuddles, nicknamed 'The Gorgeous 12', she will need a lot of time, dedication and patience, and the best place for her to receive such loving treatment is in a forever home. At present Celeste can flee from new people and is unsure about being stroked, and prospective adopters need to be prepared to work with her. She is a very energetic young lady who is great with the cats that she co-exists with, and so would be happiest adopted alongside one of them, and if she can just overcome her shyness, she will be a typical raucous and curious young cat.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • Good with cats

Salma

Salma is a stunning tortie girl who is currently co-habituating with her equally gorgeous cousins, sisters and relations at CatCuddles, after we rescued 12 cats from a single residence that had descended into hoarding. She is very shy indeed and being quite gentle at heart, prefers to hide rather than confront, so will require a lot of rehabilitation by our volunteers and ultimately, by an adopter. It's very heart warming to us the progress she has already made - going from a despondent, defeated cat to a blossoming young lady bathing in the sunshine pouring into her suite at CatCuddles. The person lucky enough to see her full transformation from shy to confident, will be very lucky indeed - there's nothing more rewarding than changing a life.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • For experienced homes
  • Good with cats

Sienna

Wide-eyed tortie girl Sienna is spending her time at CatCuddles learning to trust and enjoy the company of humans, after being rescued from a hoarder situation along with her 12 relations. With the patient coaxing of our volunteers she is taking big strides towards recovering from her past, and with an adopter able to introduce her to a healthy home environment and give her plenty of one and one time, this progress would quadruple. She is very, very timid and prone to fleeing when approached, but in the company of a quiet and calm individual her shyness abates a little and she will accept strokes and treats, but nevertheless she will require patience and understanding, likely hiding initially in a new home before emerging from her shell, bit by bit, and learning to trust her adopter. She will need to be homed in a pair, with one of her relations.

Like all of the cats at CatCuddles who share her sad history, Sienna has the capacity to become a wonderful home cat, if someone will simply give her the opportunity.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • For experienced homes
  • Good with cats

Cleo (Reserved)

This plucky senior lady is Cleo, looking to start life over at 11 years old.

It's especially sad to us when a senior cat faces instability and stress in their life, as Cleo has in recent years. After her owner passed away, a kind person stepped in to care for Cleo, but was unfortunately unable to offer her the attention that she needed, leading to Cleo to becoming lonely and frustrated. It was decided that Cleo needed a fresh start elsewhere and CatCuddles stepped into help.

Despite being an older girl, Cleo still has lots of spark. She has the best qualities of a senior cat, being relaxed and laid-back, however she is also very outgoing, chatty and inquisitive - the only time Cleo shows any shyness is when she hears the vacuum cleaner! With little bursts of energy throughout the day and a keen instinct for hunting dangly toys, Cleo is a senior feline who overflows with character and life. She is a little plump at present and her weight will need to be kept under control with special low-calorie food - we're looking for a home where she can over-indulge on cuddles and strokes, instead of treats!



 
  • Senior 10+
  • Sociable
  • Solo cat
  • Indoor only

Grayson (Reserved)

Please meet Grayson, so-called because of his beautiful blue and grey coat. His face, distinctive and offset by a pair of vivid amber eyes, is full of expression, perhaps betraying the sadness of his past. Grayson is a member of a clan known to CatCuddles volunteers as the 'Gorgeous 12'; all removed from a home that had descended into hoarding, they were over-crowded to a desperate extent and living in rapidly deteriorating conditions. Today they are moving away from this past, having made progress in terms of their health and their ability to trust humans - all were traumatized when they first arrived. We are now looking to home them in pairs.

Grayson is scared and timid, and he needs to be approached quietly and calmly. Over time in a new home he will gain confidence and shed his fear, but his adopter will need to be understanding, someone with a big heart who wants to help a cat who has been through so much to heal and grow.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • Good with cats

Mia

The beautiful emerald-eyed Mia came to be a CatCuddles resident after becoming frustrated in her previous home, having a lot of youthful energy but no access to an outdoor space. She is just one year old and is chock full of potential, being active, sociable and playful, whilst having her indepdent moments and being capable of entertaining herself. She's going to make a wonderful companion for someone.

Mia's frustration in her former home led to her developing stress-induced cystitis, so it's very important that her new adopters can offer her lots of love and attention and a safe garden environment to burn off any excess energy. Little Mia is a sweetie pie who loves to nudge you with her nose and enjoy a good grooming, and we don't expect it to take long for her to win over the right adopter.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable

Sardinia (Reserved)

Sardinia is beloved among our volunteer team as she is such a wonderful, friendly and attention-loving girl who has been with us at CatCuddles since giving birth to her six babies, the sanctuaries first litter of 2015.

Now that Sardinia's kittens all have wonderful adopters lined up, Sardinia, too, can finally find somewhere to call home permanently. She is approximately 1 - 2 years old and is a bold, confident character who pines for companionship - she loves to clamber onto a lap for strokes and can be quite chatty.

Living as a stray previously and rushed into our care just in time to deliver, Sardinia is long overdue a good home, and someone to care her as she has so lovingly cared for her own babies.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Street savvy

Casablanca & Rita

A collaboration between CatCuddles and some kindhearted locals led to the rescue of Casablanca (Tabby & White)and Rita (Tan Tabby), two stunningly striped ladies who had been living on the streets of London for well over a year. We'd prefer that they were adopted together, but will consider homing them individually, as companions to another cat, if a wonderful offer comes up.

Having spent their entire lives without homes, this pair are very confused by their sudden change in surroundings, though certainly grateful for their warm blankets and regular meals. They've had limited contact with people and so are understandably very timid and scared in human company, allowing themselves to be stroked when approached by someone with a calm and gentle energy, but still being visibly anxious and feeling more comfortable when they can hide. They're going to need an adopter who is dedicated to earning their trust - someone who isn't just looking for a cat, but also looking to help a cat. Our volunteers will work tirelessly at socializing them, but ultimately their full transformation to well-adjusted, happy feline companions, will need to take place in a loving home.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Shy
  • For experienced homes
  • Good with cats
  • Street savvy

Bahira & Negma

In recent months, in conjunction with a dedicated network of rescuers in Egypt, CatCuddles have been able to help facilitate the transport of cats from Egypt to the U.K who would have little chance of survival in their native country. Bahira and Negma are two such cats, their black colouring considered an ill-omen in Egypt, indicative of bad luck or evil, making them vulnerable to persecution and highly unlikely to be adopted.

As a result, and due to a general lack of adequate welfare for animals in Egypt, both 6+ year old Negma and 3 year old Bahira have had very difficult lives so far. And whilst this has not had a lasting effect on how Bahira responds to humans, Negma, having even neglected for many more years, still exhibits some signs of trauma and is cautious with humans, yet making quick progress. During her time at CatCuddles Bahira has acted as a guardian for Negma, lavishing her in affection that she has been lacking for her whole life and drawing her out of her shell. The pair have formed a tight bond and we feel it's important that this isn't broken, and that they are now homed together.

For the first two years of her life, Bahira lived at an Egyptian shelter, where her brother from the same litter succumbed to less than ideal-conditions, dying from a upper respiratory infection. Negma's story is even more heart-breaking - she spent the last 6 years confined at the same shelter, at one point being discovered by her Egyptian sponsor unconscious or lethargic. She came out just in time.

Both cats are beautifully sleek Egyptian Mau crosses, a breed with striking agility and athleticism, and a tendency to be vocal and form strong attachments. Although they look very alike in their photo, these two are far more distinctive in reality, both physically and in terms of personality. The small-framed Negma is understandably nervous around people, and she will need someone with a huge heart and some patience to help her overcome her past mistreatment. Her experiences have led to some trauma, and recovery will be a gradual process, requiring an experienced, compassionate home.

Bahira is outgoing and chatty, she loves to shoot around the room chasing toys and wind herself around the nearest pair of legs, purring. She has a fantastic temperament and once Negma gains some confidence, their personalities will prove complimentary to one another. Both cats will need either a spacious indoor environment or a garden that is safe and ideally cat proofed.

Bahira and Negma have come a very long way for their chance at at a loving forever home, but we are certain the right kind of home is only round the corner in this cat loving country of ours!



 
  • For experienced homes
  • Shy
  • Sociable
  • 2-10 years

Hoskins

Hoskins has been a much loved home cat for the past 5 years, but a change in his owners circumstances unfortunately led to his arrival at CatCuddles, and his need for a fresh start with a new, suitable and loving adopter.

Hoskins can be shy when meeting new people and can react a little nervously to them, and he is still currently adjusting to the sanctuary environment and the many changes he has been faced with. Once he has familiarized himself with someone however he begins to relax and interact, and will lounge alongside his human companion on the sofa and enjoy treats. Having had no outside access for the duration of his life, Hoskins will need a spacious indoor-only home to be safe.

In his former home, Hoskins was his owners best friend, and we have no doubt that he is missing that companionship and looking for a new human to bond to. Perhaps you could be that person for this sweet young cat.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Shy
  • Indoor only

Cheeky

Meet Cheeky, a beautiful tabby boy of around 2 years old with wide eyes and a soft pink nose.

Cheeky was rescued alongside Casablanca, Tiger and Rita, three other gorgeous CatCuddles cats up for adoption. Like them, he has spent much of his life living as a stray on the streets of London and does require a lot of human contact to make up for lost years - he needs to learn to trust people and associate them with positive things.

He can be shy and nervous in the presence of people, but he does sometimes reveal a very bold streak and allows us a glimpse of the vivacious cat hiding beneath his uncertainty. He does enjoy strokes and will happily accept treats and his adopter would need to give him these in generous amounts to earn his friendship. He will need access to a safe garden and can be homed alongside Tiger.

Cheeky has huge potential and simply needs someone to understand that he has not had the easiest start in life, and see the fantastic cat that he is at heart.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Shy
  • For experienced homes
  • Street savvy

Tiger

Along with Cheeky, Casablanca & Rita, Tiger came to us after spending his entire life on busy London streets, his survival made possible by kind locals who looked out for him and provided him with food, before bringing him to CatCuddles for a chance at a new life. He is a very shy boy indeed who will require extensive socialization in his new home, the result of having lived virtually wild in his formative years. Nevertheless it's apparent that Tiger is a gentle boy and he will very shyly allow himself to be stroked and will accept treats, and the better he knows someone the more relaxed he becomes. An adopter able to earn his trust over the long term would see him come out of his shell more and more every day. He will need to access to a safe garden and can be homed alongside another member of his stunning tabby clan, Cheeky. This sweet boy deserves a chance.



 
  • Street savvy
  • Good with cats
  • For experienced homes
  • Shy
  • 2-10 years

Fawkes

This ginger gentlemen is Fawkes, an extremely friendly, laid-back boy with lots of confidence and affection to spare.

Living as a stray prior to coming CatCuddles, he is very much enjoying his time at his foster home, where he will be accepting adoption visitors; it must be a relief for this sweet boy to have a full belly and warm bed at last and he shows his gratitude in his extremely loving and friendly responses to everyone he meets. He is approximately 5 - 8 years old and at present, our initial observations are that he will need a home with safe garden access, but as we learn more about his needs this may change. He looks a little bedraggled in his profile photo, which was taken fresh after his rescue, but as he gets the comfort and nourishment he deserves in foster care this ginger tom truly gets handsomer by the day.

Fawkes is quite simply a wonderful cat, a sociable and highly human-orientated boy who should never have been on the streets and should always have been in a loving forever home.



 
  • Sociable
  • 2-10 years

Cookie & Mischief

This monochrome pair are Cookie (white and black, male), and Mischief (black and white, female), two 6 year old siblings. They are friendly, human-orientated cats, with Cookie being a little bolder than his sister, though both are new to the sanctuary and still settling into their new environment. They are looking for a home together that has access to a safe garden.

A garden is particularly important for Mischief, who loves the outdoors and can entertain herself for hours exploring and roaming. She can be quite shy when first meeting new people, but once she has gotten to know someone she gains confidence and will encourage chin scratches and even climb on the occasional lap. Cookie is more likely to be found indoors - looking for strokes and treats! - though he will also venture out for time to time, keeping watch over his territory. He is very sociable and very laid back, an easy boy to fall in love with. Both love the attention of being groomed, have their playful moments and cannot resist hiding in a cardboard box. They are two lovely family cats and we're eager to see them as part of a family once more.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable

Mycroft

Another black and white beauty currently awaiting their new home at CatCuddles, Mycroft is 4 years old and is sweetly shy and so gentle. A little reserved around new people, he is best approached by those with a calm and quiet energy who will give him gentle strokes until he feels comfortable. Once he has gotten to know someone, he opens up and lets his lovable personality shine through.

In his previous home, Mycroft adapted quickly to living with other cats, so he could likely be housed as a companion to another cat with a similar gentle nature. He also loved having a garden to roam, and spent his days exploring before returning home at night to relax with his human companion, so his adopter will need to provide him with access to a safe garden environment. This sweet boy truly needs a loving home to match his loving personality



 
  • Street savvy
  • Sociable
  • 2-10 years

Kittens for adoption (None available at present)

Update 15 May 2015: we have no kittens ready for adoption at present.

Kitten season is the period between spring and autumn in which animal shelters are flooded with unwanted, abandoned or stray litters of kittens. This time is now upon us at CatCuddles and we have several litters available for adoption, and expect to have many more consistently in upcoming months. Very special consideration is needed when homing kittens, as their adorable good looks can lead people to adopting regardless of whether they can offer a suitable environment.

Kittens require huge amounts of attention, stimulation and guidance, and if you are contemplating welcoming one into your home, please first ensure that you can offer them the time that they need, and be aware that a young cat is potentially a 20 year commitment.

Because of their need for large amounts of company and stimulation, we do not place kittens in any home where they will regularly be left for over 4 hours a day, or where they will not have access to a garden once they are old enough to venture outside. We also prefer to home kittens in pairs or as companions to another cat, unless someone can be home with them for the majority of the day. All kittens that leave us do so on contractual obligation of future neutering, as the huge amount of homeless kittens that we see every year are the tragic result of a widespread failure to neuter.

For those able to meet their needs, kittens are a joy and a wonder, absolutely adorable and wanting nothing more than to play and be loved. If you think that you can offer one of CatCuddles beautiful kittens the right home, please get in touch.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable
  • Good with cats

Sponsor or Adopt: Molly, our sugar kitty

15 year old Molly is very precious indeed. She was not adequately cared for by her previous owners and was left with undiagnosed diabetes for some time. She is now on the appropriate wet diabetic food, insulin injections and vet monitoring which is working wonders on her health and mood!

Molly needs a very special person to bring her home and offer her a safe, loving retirement home. We are looking for a long term option for Molly: either a forever home, or someone who would be willing to offer her a forever foster home with full support and vet care provided by Catcuddles. We are also accepting offers of sponsorship of our gorgeous Molly, as her monthly care bill is a little higher than that of a healthy cat, but hey, nobody's perfect and she is pretty much close to it otherwise!

Molly has a delightful personality - she is very sweet and friendly and always seeks out attention as soon as we walk in her room. A gentle soul with a lot of love to give, Molly is a "cuddle connoisseur"! She is going to need a home where there is someone is happy to give her twice daily injections with her breakfast and dinner, and a whole lot of love. She is a happy indoor cat and should be a solo cat only by virtue of her diet which should not be compromised with others. To the experienced home, she can actually co-exist happily with other gentle, peace loving pets.

Please contact our adoptions team if you have any questions about Molly's needs and care. Alternatively if you can offer sponsorship for Molly to support us in keeping her in the way she deserves to, please call us or email evina@catcuddles.org.uk. Molly would love to meet you!



 
  • Senior 10+
  • Sociable
  • Special needs cat
  • Good with cats
  • Solo cat
  • Indoor only
  • Baby-safe
  • Good with children

Reasons to Adopt a Senior Cat

Reasons to Adopt a Senior Cat
1. Seniors are more likely to be housetrained.
2. Seniors are less likely to chew, scratch and destroy your possessions.
3. Seniors require less patience, time and energy.
4. Seniors spend more time napping and are happy to have you join them.
5. Seniors are generally calmer and tend to settle in quicker.
6. With seniors, what you see is what you get. They have already grown into their shape and personality.
7. You will be a providing a loving home to a cat who often gets passed by for a cute kitten or puppy.
8. Most important of all, senior pets will reward you with love, affection and devotion, day after day.
Please consider adopting one of our many senior residents because older pets need love too!

The privilege of loving a senior and the knowledge that you have given this older pet a second chance at life makes it all worth the pain of eventual separation.



 

    Our Guidelines For Adopting A Cat

    All Catcuddles kitties are fully vet-checked, FIV/FELV tested (if they came in as strays), neutered, fully vaccinated, flea-treated monthly, de-wormed quarterly and microchipped. Some have also had their dentals done, blood tests etc, to ensure they are fit and healthy before being available for adoption.

    It is important for the Welfare and Adoption Teams to ensure we are giving these felines the best possible start to a happy, healthy life with their newly adopted family. Homing donations are requested at the time of adoption on the basis of "one cat out one cat in" , i.e. at a level that would cover the vet costs so we can immediately rescue a stray or unwanted cat. This cost varies between £85 and £120 per cat, depending on whether we also need to neuter. We have rarely had to explain why this level of donation is necessary to those who are aware of what a vet trip costs these days!

    Before adopting a cat a routine home visit is always carried out by one of our volunteers, as soon as you reserve a Catcuddles feline. Post-adoption visits are also likely, and email updates by the new family are required for at least the first 6 months, so we can make sure your cat is settling happily in his/her new home. Catcuddles offer help and advice 24/7  for anything relating to the welfare and care of a Catcuddles kitty.

    Please call us if you need to run through any behaviour(s) that you consider strange or unexpected so we can help make sense of them. Your vet should always be your first port of call with clinical/medical emergencies, so please register with a vet as soon as you adopt a cat. We are happy to recommend our vets and would also urge you to research your emergency vet service close to your home. We also strongly recommend that you obtain pet insurance for your cat and every Catcuddles cat homed comes with 4 weeks’ free insurance.

    Due to fast adoption rates during our Open Days (usually on Saturday afternoons), we do not always have time to keep the website and our Catchat homing pages up to date, so please call us if you are interested in adopting a cat or two and are not sure one of the above profiles is suitable.

    Stray & Feral Cat Rescue Projects

    Each season we try to use any surplus funding from donations towards helping rescue, rehabilitate and -when possible- rehome young  feral cats, especially mums with kittens. Strays are all homed as their socialisation is much easier and all have been homable cats.

    Back in  2010, we have not had to look far and brought in 5 heavily pregnant mums and and several young kittens. The mums were with us for over 2 months raising their little ones, which gave us the opportunity to try turning them around if possible and give them a chance to an easier, safe life as a home cat. However, all adults had to be returned and released as they were just too skittish and feral to be happy among humans.

    The young colony being so big (in excess of 30 with the kittens), we decided to give them names of world capitals, so we can easily remember where they came from and link them to their original location.

    Through sample blood checks we established this was a healthy FIV/FELV negative colony, so we 'll be keeping an eye on them in the future as they are relatively close to the Sanctuary. We are priviledged to have met and helped along characters like Paris, Sydney, Havanna, Canberra, Barcelona, Moresby and Rio. Head tomcat Zanzibar and comical Bamako made us laugh on many occasions. A few others such as Tokyo also joined the neuter&release list, along with some of his very young mates. Vienna was the last addition (although we feel she was an accidental tourist - turned out to be a friendly stray) and is now pampered at her hew home in Blackheath.

    Spring/Summer 2011
    During kitten season last year, we upped the ante and concentrated on rescue of pregnant strays in East London, also helping out in Lewisham, Clapham and beyond. East London has a dire problem with cats made stray by people’s poor understanding on cat welfare and lack of information on cat ownership. We ended up with 11 litters and over 70, mums and kittens, all landing with us  in the space of 3 months.  All were successfully homed and all the kittens have now been neutered, ensuring we play our part to stop the vicious circle of unwanted offspring and even more cats to rehome further down the line. The operation has been costly as we had to place two litters under catflu quarantine and resorted to an emergency c-section to deliver and save the lives of mum Freya and her 4 kittens, Nemo, Minnie, Tigger and Daisy.

    Plans for 2012
    We expect this year to be just as busy -and costly. We continue to educate the public and advocate neutering of all cats over 5 months, to avoid the tragedy of unwanted cats being put to sleep or abandoned every year due to lack of good homes. Please consider donating to fund our stray neutering scheme, which is not supported by any other organisation, grant, fund or charity.

    All public donations for neutering will go exclusively towards neutering. We also help with low cost neutering to those who may be finding it hard to cover the private vet fee, so long as they are within reach of our two vets in Blackheath SE3.

     

     
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