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Adopt A Cat   last updated - 4th Aug 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

Our 4 year old Parsley has been overlooked by prospective adopters for months; she is a petite live-wire, a sweet bold character who rarely leaves her foster mum's side and make us laugh with her antics. Sadly we suspect that many are unable to look past this snow-white beauty's special needs, which have very little bearing on her day-to-day life and absolutely no influence on her character; she is a fantastic cat, nicknamed the 'white shadow' because wherever her human companion is, she won't be far behind! She is currently fostered in Bluewater, where she is accepting adoption visitors.

Parsley is deaf and has a chronic skin sensitivity. Her deafness does not bother her in the slightest - she has the confidence and energy of two cats and this simply means that she is best suited to an indoor-only home, ideally one that is spacious or a home with a cat-proofed garden, balcony/terrace to accommodate her energy. Parsley has little explosions of excitement throughout the day, often running laps around the room, and you will never see any cat chase a laser pointer with more dedication and vigor. Life with this special cat is full of chuckles.

Parsley's skin condition is a recurring irritation of the skin of her neck, causing her to scratch persistently and occasionally resulting in a couple of scabs. We counter this with a special 'sock' to cover the irritated skin and deter her from scratching, general monitoring and the occasional steroid injection by a vet. We believe it's this issue in particular that has caused this gorgeous girl to be overlooked, despite her being so interactive, playful and funny. To this we say: who of us is perfect?

In reality Parsley is happy and oblivious to our huffs and puffs about her, and will continue to be happy in any home that is caring, loving and committed. Though it causes her some mild discomfort and does need monitoring, with a competent, level-headed individual it is perfectly manageable, both for Parsley and her human caretaker. Whilst the condition is not un-slightly - she looks very sweet in her polo-neck sock, and a picture can't do justice to the beautiful pale blue/green of her eyes - the best adopters will chose the right cat based on personality, not looks. And this special girl is absolutely overflowing with personality.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • For experienced homes
  • Ideal first cat
  • Special needs cat
  • Solo cat
  • Indoor only
  • Baby-safe
  • Good with children

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

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

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

Kittens for Adoption

At least 20 kittens at Catcuddles are here looking for their forever homes...
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 wanting to adopt 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.



 
  • Good with cats
  • Baby-safe
  • Good with children
  • Ideal first cat
  • Sociable
  • Under 2 years

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.



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

Tiger

Along with Cheeky, Casablanca & Rita, Tiger came to us after spending his entire life in enclosed gardens at Holland Park, 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.



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

Casablanca & Rita

Please meet Rita (3 years old, tan tabby) and Casablanca (2 years old, tabby and white). These two beautifully striped ladies are mother and daughter and CatCuddles residents who, due to their extremely shy natures, are looking for a special largely outdoor home on a farm, smallholding, stable, or other rural setting.

Born on the streets of affluent Holland Park, Rita and Casablanca's first years of life were safeguarded by kind local residents who looked out for them, provided them with food, and ultimately cemented their future by bringing them to the attention of the CatCuddles Sanctuary. However, whilst the caring actions of these individuals was enough to ensure the girls well-being, they were not enough to ensure their socialization. For a cat to mature with a healthy relationship with humans, he or she must receive direct contact with people during the formative weeks of life, a crucial socialization period. If this period is missed and no direct human contact occurs - which is common when kittens are born homeless and on the streets - then the cat will revert to a wild state, with a wild animals fear and distrust of humans that becomes increasingly entrenched with age. Such a cat cannot share a home with a human family and so is therefore not adoptable - and whilst with intense rehabilitation it may be possible to annihilate these behaviors in an older kitten, with fully mature cats it is often impossible. This is what is meant by a 'feral', and sadly only direct contact - not merely feeding or contact at a distance - can prevent a cat from falling into such a category.

So whilst Rita and Casablanca were cared for and did interact to some extent with humans, their lack of truly direct contact from birth has led to them being very, very shy and anxious about being touched and stroked, and they will flee when approached. Although they are sweet, gentle girls, even with our volunteers best efforts they are unlikely to ever overcome their fear fully or feel at ease in a domestic environment.

This is why we are now looking for a very special type of home for them, ideally in a rural setting, on a farm, smallholding, stable, or a residence in the countryside. Somewhere that they will be free to roam in a safe location away from busy roads, with an understanding someone who will provide them with regular food and shelter that they can access when needed, fully accepting that these are two girls that are best loved and cared for at a distance. Their needs are simple and undemanding, they can happily co-habit with other cats and are likely good mousers. We are absolutely dedicated to finding that perfect place for them, so are willing to travel if such a place is found but is not nearby.



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

Zimba and Tigga

Two year old brothers Zimba (black and white) and Tigga (black) are looking for an indoor-only home together, and they are just the gentlest, sweetest boys you could ever hope to meet.

Though they are shy, especially around new people, it's very apparent that this pair love strokes and attention, and in their own time they will tentatively approach and brush their noses against a hand, or mew quietly. Tigga is a little more confident than his brother and when completely at ease reveals a strong playful streak. In a new home, where they are supported and loved, they will be able to let their guards down and be wonderfully loving companions. These are great cats.

Being young cats, a spacious indoor only environment, possibly with a cat proofed terrace or balcony, would be ideal for them. They also share a close bond and so we would like to see them homed together.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Indoor only

Marta

Getting 1 year old Marta and her three kittens into the safety of the sanctuary was no easy task for our volunteers. The feline family, living as strays on a housing estate in Thamesmead, had found shelter in an abandoned fox burrow, dug into the base of a block of flats, making them completely unreachable. The only way to access them and secure their safe passage to the sanctuary was stake outs - setting up a traps around the burrow and simply waiting. And wait we did, capturing Marta and all three of her kittens only after 8 nights of this work. She had done a very good job of hiding her family away.

Considering how difficult it was to get Marta into the sanctuary, she seems remarkably happy to be there now! Free at last of the burden of caring for both herself and her offspring in a dangerous and harsh environment, Marta can finally enjoy being young, loved and fed. She absolutely loves her food and seems to get friendlier by the day, as she learns how much fun being stroked and played with by our volunteers can be. She will even sometimes climb onto laps and butt your nose with hers, or meow for more attention!

A dirty hole in the ground was no home for this silky black beauty, being so young and full of the potential to be a wonderful companion for someone.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Street savvy

Salma (Reserved)

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 (Reserved)

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

Yoghurt

This 8-9 year old boy never stops purring, winding himself around our volunteers legs, and rubbing his face on the nearest available corner. He loves to have his ears scratched and be touched in any way, and can also be vocal and chatty at times. He appears a lot younger than his nine years and is an active boy as well as a sociable one, who would enjoy a safe garden to explore in his new home, where he would also be best suited to being the only cat.

Yoghurt doesn't like other cats in his territory so will need to be by himself at his new home and we would prefer an adult only home for him too, so no children as he does not take to too much ruffling of fur and will let you know when he's had enough.

He came to us after his owner very sadly became too elderly to care for him adequately, though he was a well-loved cat and we do not doubt that he is missing the companionship and love that can only be provided by a stable, settled forever home with garden. We would like to see a fresh start for this friendly, black and white purring machine.



 
  • Sociable
  • For experienced homes
  • Solo cat
  • Street savvy
  • 2-10 years

Cody

16 year old Cody is so laid back, that in his previous home, he allowed his owners to vacuum him on a regular basis! This is one chilled out boy, utterly comfortable in his own beautiful feline skin.

A great thing about senior cats is how well adjusted and settled they are, and Cody is no exception. He is friendly, confident, and completely comfortable around people, even those he is meeting for the first time. He loves to be stroked and touched, but he is also content with his own company and leisurely letting the day pass sprawled in his bed. He is a great blend of sociable and independent and is an all round easy-going, adaptable cat. We will consider indoor-only environments, or those with a cat proofed terrace or balcony, for him, due to this relaxed temperament.

Having spent his full 16 years in his previous home, it is sad that circumstances have led to Cody needing a fresh start, so we want to minimize the upheaval for him and see that he is quickly in the most wonderful retirement home possible.



 
  • Sociable
  • Indoor only
  • Good with children
  • Senior 10+

Irene

The beautiful Irene is 5 years old and moved into CatCuddles after her owner was very sadly evicted. The transition has been a little tough on her and she is a bit unsettled at present and wary of new people, but with a a lot of love from our volunteers we expect that a transformation will be on the cards. In her former home, she was an independent girl who formed a strong attachment to her human companion, and had very little time for anyone else but her beloved owner! She very much loves being groomed and seems to absolutely relish treats and her food, despite her small frame. While we expect that she will soon settle and find comfort in the company of our volunteers, she would be best suited to someone who is experienced and very adept at winning over cats, in an adult only home. We have no doubt that Irene is well worth winning over, she is full of spark and has among the most striking eyes we've ever seen.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • For experienced homes
  • Solo cat

Lala (Reserved)

Lala is a 15 year old girl with the bubbly personality of a kitten. She loves to interact with people and demands attention with gentle head butts and big purrs, and will often roll on her back and offer her fluffy belly up for strokes. Catnip toys have her writhing around the floor in excitement, kicking her back legs in the air. But while she is certainly a sparky girl for her age, Lala is also content just to lounge around the house, whiling away the hours curled up alongside her human companion on the sofa or gazing out of a window. She shows no desire to venture outside and we believe that she would be perfectly content in an indoor only environment; the recent months of her life have been difficult and we suspect that she wants little more than peace, security and love, in a household where she will be the only cat.

Lala was seen sleeping in several gardens in the Blackheath area before a kind person collected her and took her to a vet for a microchip scan. But whilst the scan revealed a chip, the details it contained were out of date and even after months of searching, no owner was ever found. She was cared for by this kind individual for many months, before CatCuddles were brought into the picture to find her a forever home, something that she is more them deserving of in her twilight years. She is an absolutely lovely, well-rounded, well-adjusted cat, who is full of confidence and keen to love and be loved.



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

Bighi (Reserved)

Big boy Bighi is as chunky and cuddly as a teddy bear, whilst also being energetic and eager to explore, play, and wrestle with toys. Approximately four years old, he is an absolutely strapping tom cat with big white gloved paws and huge glowing yellow eyes - and he is brimming with mischievousness and character. He literally showed up on the doorstep of a CatCuddles volunteer one evening, after living for at least a year on Plumstead common. He was wet from the rain and covered in old war wounds, and was immediately taken on by the CatCuddles volunteer as a foster cat - it was impossible to send this funny, friendly boy back out into the cold. Bighi's wounds have now all healed and he is strong and healthy and so ready to have a home to himself at last - he loves to be around people, to lounge on their laps and reply to them in little mews and chirrups. Because of his high energy level, at times if under stimulated his playfulness can tip over into boisterousness, and he can become a little too rough - for this reason he needs access to a very safe garden to keep him entertained, and adopters who are looking for a cat to share a lot of time with. He is also a very dominant personality and does not react well to other felines - perhaps the result of having defend his turf as a stray - so will need to be the only cat in the household. Luckily, he has enough personality for two cats, and will fill up a home with his big character and desire to interact. He also reacts very well to dogs and has even engaged in the occasional game with smaller breeds, once he has built up confidence with them.

Bighi is not a cat that blends into the background. He will need to be with someone who can make him a big part of the family, and he will reward them by bringing a little more life into their home, with his bold, funny, energetic personality.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Good with dogs
  • Solo cat
  • Street savvy

Max (Reserved)

Max is 5 years old and very friendly, human orientated and attention-loving. After being rescued from the streets in a poor condition, he was taken home by a vet nurse who fell in love with his wonderful, confident and cuddly personality. Unfortunately Max did not react at all well to the other cats in her household, and it quickly became apparent that he would be best suited to being a solitary feline, the center of attention and king of his territory. And after a lifetime of struggling to survive, Max deserves somewhere perfect for him.

Max is now fostered in Blackheath where he is accepting adoption visitors. He has a ruggedly handsome face, full of character, and while the remnants of his hard past can be seen in the chips in his ears, they are not apparent in his absolutely friendly and giving personality. He is a sweet, sociable boy who climbs onto laps and refuses to budge, and shows much more interest in his human companions than the outside world - he absolutely loves attention and will greet visitors at the door, and chat and chirrup all day. He also whiles away hours gazing out of the window and lounging around the home, though will engage in the occasional game, and is always appreciative of food and treats. He does have a small hernia which after several consultations with vets has proven too minor to warrant surgery, and is causing him no problems.

Friendly, human-orientated Max truly has the potential to become someone's feline best friend.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Solo cat

Tibsy

Special boy Tibsy is 13 months old and full of youthful energy and pep. He lost his front leg and tail in an unknown accident - returning home injured - but this seems to hinder him little as he loves to chase balls, wrestle toys and hunt butterflies in the garden.

He requires lots of stimulation as without it his high energy level can tip over into boisterousness, and so will need to be in a home with responsible teenage children or adults only, and have access to a very safe garden environment. His at times rough play needs to be kept in check; the CatCuddles behavioral team can advise on how best to do this.

Having socialized with neighborhood cats in his former home, Tibsy shows potential as a companion cat, and could be homed with other felines with similar bold and dominant personalities. He is a special boy who would benefit from a home that offers lots of stimulation and play.



 
  • Special needs cat
  • Sociable
  • 2-10 years

Drew

Beautiful fluffy boy Drew is 11 years old and so gentle, sweet and sensitive. He spent his entire life as a much loved family cat, but an unfortunate allergy within that family has led to his need for a fresh start elsewhere, in a home where the love that he has become accustomed to can be continued with new, forever adopters.

He is a timid boy and can be shy when meeting new people, but human company is important to him and he likes to have people nearby, though it can take him a little while to find his courage and say hello to them. Having lived as an indoor cat previously, Drew does not have the street savvy to venture outside and needs another indoor-only environment. He has co-existed happily with dogs in the past and could likely do so again with a canine that isn't too boisterous towards him.

Drew simply has nothing but gentleness in him - he's an extremely good natured cat. The family that win this shy boys heart will be very, very lucky indeed.



 
  • Senior 10+
  • Sociable
  • Needs daily grooming
  • Good with dogs
  • Indoor only

Mini Cookie (Reserved)

Mini Cookie or 'MC' is purry, cuddly and sociable, a six year old girl who would love to have a home where she could lounge on the sofa or bed with her human companion. She will always greet our volunteers with a few small meows and accepts strokes gratefully, purring and head-butting hands for more. She also has the most beautifully unusual eyes, pale green with a bluish hue in some lights.

She is looking for an indoor-only home, ideally one that is spacious or has access to a cat-proofed balcony or terrace. She is a lovely girl and her needs are not too demanding - she would be a great fit for anyone willing to offer her security, care, love and attention for the rest of her days. The reward will be the love and devotion of a truly sweet cat.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Indoor only

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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