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Adopt A Cat   last updated - 30th Apr 2016

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!

Muffin

Muffin came to CatCuddles after her owner very sadly passed away. Though we have her age noted as 13, she looks to us much younger! She has velvety soft calico fur and big doleful eyes.

Muffin is a cat who finds it a little tricky interpreting the intention's of new people. She spent much of her life with just a single human companion, and as a result, though she craves attention, she can be overwhelmed by new people and become over stimulated. Muffin needs an adopter who will allow her to approach for attention when she feels comfortable enough to do so, and as a bond builds and Muffin gains confidence, we feel she will approach more and more. She has suffered bereavement and huge upheaval as a result, and deserves some stability and the opportunity to heal.

A retired single person or couple would be ideal for Muffin, who needs a quiet and stable adult-only environment, and we will consider indoor only homes and those with access to a very safe outside space for her. At 13, we really don't want to see Muffin waiting for too long for her second chance at life.



 
  • Senior 10+
  • Sociable
  • Shy
  • Indoor only

Tom

Tom is an 8 year old FIV + boy who is sweet, friendly and at present a little shy - he has just arrived at CatCuddles and is still settling. Having lived as a stray for a long time, having a warm suite, a full bowl, and people around him showing him nothing but kindness are all new to him. Understandably, he needs time to learn to trust people fully again, but nevertheless he is gentle, friendly, and increasingly appreciative of attention the more he gets to know someone. We can only imagine how he will thrive in a forever home, with an adopter who can give him all the love he has been missing in the past few years.

He has not had an easy life. Because of his friendly nature, we know that he was someone's pet once, perhaps a long time ago, but he was either abandoned deliberately or lost through carelessness. Being an uneutered Tom on the streets, he was challenged and attacked by other males, and this sadly led to him contracting FIV.

Though FIV does affect the immune system, an FIV cat who is fed a healthy diet and who is well cared for will often not see any related problems until old age, when even the average cat experiences a natural decline in their health. Tom is a sweety pie who's condition will not prevent him from brightening up any home with his presence.

Awareness of FIV is on the rise, however many misconceptions still persist about the condition, leading to stigma and sometimes, tragically, FIV cats being needlessly euthanized. You only have to meet sweet Tom to see that such a drastic act is wholly unnecessary and wholly unfair; FIV cats are fully capable of leading long, happy and comfortable lives, and they are just as loveable as any other cat!

Because FIV makes cats more susceptible to viruses, Tom needs an indoor only home, perhaps with access to a cat proofed balcony. He is also best suited to being a solo cat -
however FIV is not as contagious as some might imagine; it can only be transferred to other cats though bites - in many instances only serious bites - and does not affect any other species. A friendly boy like Tom who is not prone to biting poses little risk.


You can read more about FIV here; http://www.v63.net/catsanctuary/downloads/FIV_book_V2a_LR.pdf



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

Tiggeroo - RESERVED

Tiggeroo is a gorgeous, very laid back, gentle eight year old Tortie girl who is one of 7 cats in need of a new home after her owner sadly passed away. She is quite shy and tentative when meeting new people, but becomes increasingly sociable the more time she spends in someone's company, enjoying quite strokes.

Suffice it to say that we do not anticipate to have her with us for long!



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Ideal first cat
  • Good with cats
  • Indoor only
  • Good with children

Rem & Ryuk

Rem (Tortoiseshell, female) and Ryuk (Black, male) are friendly siblings who are ideally looking for a new home together, with access to a safe garden. We can consider individual homes for them, including a spacious indoor home for Rem. Ryuk will need outside space and ideally a good garden network to explore.

At three years old, Rem and Ryuk have been well loved cats for the duration of their lives but a change in their former owner's living circumstances now means that they need a fresh start. Ryuk has an explorers spirit and very much enjoys the outside world, wiling away his hours in the garden. He is more confident than his sister and is sociable and approachable, but also independent and more than capable of entertaining himself.

Rem, who prefers the warmth and comfort of the indoors, is a little shy and can startle easily; nevertheless once she has bonded to someone, she likes to stick close to them, laying by their side and expressing her content with lots of little chirrups and meows.

Having lived with a small, cat-friendly dog previously, the pair could potentially adapt once more to sharing their home with a dog of similar size and temperament.



 
  • Good with dogs
  • Baby-safe
  • Good with children
  • Sociable
  • 2-10 years

Repper

Panther-like Repper is four years old, and is sociable and independent with an explorers spirit - a garden in his new home is a must.

Repper enjoys attention on his own terms, though that's not to say that he is not friendly, sociable, or appreciative of strokes. He is simply just capable of entertaining himself, and will approach when he decides it's time for fuss. Repper, like many cats, makes all the rules for his human companions!




 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Shy
  • Solo cat

Fineas & Furby

Fineas & Furby will be joining us at CatCuddles soon.

We have no idea why Fineas and Furby are still waiting for their forever home as they are truly perfect family cats. They are so cuddly and affectionate, and very comfortable around new people - Fineas will happily be lifted onto the laps of volunteers that he has known just minutes, and Furby seems to purr the moment anyone looks at him!

Currently six years old, they have been together since birth and will need to be homed as a pair as they share a strong bond. They are also almost twins, though Furby is a little quieter than his brother, and prefers lounging around at home while Fineas enjoys exploring a garden. Being so friendly, well-socialized and laid back, they could happily be homed with kids.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Good with children

Aphroditie

Aphroditie is approximately one year old and is a sweet, very petite girl who has had a rough start in life. She was discovered as a pregnant stray, and had clearly either been abandoned or allowed to wander away.

Despite being practically a kitten herself, she did a fantastic job of raising her babies, and having seen them all off to loving homes, Aphrodite now deserves some love and happiness for herself. She is shy at times, but is ultimately sociable and friendly, hungry for the attention she has missed out on for so long. She will need access to a safe garden in her new home.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable
  • Good with cats

Albert

Albert is a roughly 8 year old ex-stray who will be joining us at CatCuddles shortly.



 
  • Sociable
  • 2-10 years

Lilly

Important: Lilly is accepting adoption visitors in Milton Keynes where she is fostered.

Abandoned in a public park, Lilly and her brother Luigi started life as nervous and shy semi-feral kittens, having clearly had little contact with people in their formative weeks of life.

They were rescued and cared for by some kind-hearted individuals for a time, before coming to CatCuddles where they have been fostered by a volunteer experienced in the rehabilitation of shy and scared cats. In this positive and nurturing environment, they have been pushed to interact with people and are beginning to learn, as a result, that humans can be trusted, and that they often represent fun things like treats, toys and even strokes.

This learning curve is not nearly over however, and the pair still require lots of one-on-one interaction with people to become truly comfortable around them - but we hope that this interaction can occur in a forever home, with an experienced adopter.

Lilly is very clever and strong-willed, and a little more stubborn that her brother. Though still unsure of people, she forgets a lot of her fear when treats or cat milk is offered, and has learned to eat out of her foster carers hand with a great deal of enthusiasm - she loves to eat! A typical kitten, she is also full of energy and playfulness, and is driven wild by feather toys and laser pointers. She is always keen to play with people.

When it comes to cuddling and strokes, Lilly is more resistant, but giving Lilly affection is a must in helping her to trust and become comfortable around people. Lilly's foster carer regularly wraps her in a blanket and cuddles her - and despite Lilly's initial complaints, she will eventually relax, enjoy the attention and even fall asleep.

Lilly needs an adopter who is happy to repeat these activities with her, in order to make her into the sociable, more human-orientated cat that we know she is capable of becoming. Her home will need to be adult-only, with outside access. Her adopter will need to be experienced with cats, open minded about Lilly's progress, and dedicated to changing her life.



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

Luigi

Important: Luigi is accepting adoption visitors at his foster home in Milton Keynes.

The sweet and shy Luigi came to us along with his sister, Lilly, after they were found abandoned in a public park. The pair were petrified of people when first found, and so have spent weeks in the care of an experienced CatCuddles fosterer, who has been teaching them to trust and gain comfort around people.

Where as Lilly is a bold little lady, Luigi is softer and gentler, and has submitted more to cuddle-time and strokes from his fosterer. Though he remains shy and uncertain, he has made huge strides in trust and confidence, and will continue to do so with an experienced adopter who offers him lots of time and interaction. This can involve play with feather and string toys, and the giving of treats - both of which Luigi absolutely loves. At present, he is quite worried about being picked up - but once he has gotten to know someone, is happy to be stroked and touched.



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

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.



 

    Hope - RESERVED

    3 year old Hope is one of seven cats who are in need of rehoming as their owner has suddenly passed away. With jet black fur and bright green eyes, she looks like a miniature panther, and we hope to find an indoor-only home for her.

    Hope is sociable and welcoming, and appears to be friendly with both people and cats, with whom she has lived happily in the past. She is not lacking in confidence and adapts fairly quickly to new environments, and enjoys being stroked and petted.

    Originally rescued as a stray by her previous owner, Hope has endured homelessness and bereavement already in her young life, and so really deserves somewhere to call home permanently.



     
    • 2-10 years
    • Sociable
    • Indoor only

    Smudge - RESERVED

    Meet 9 year old Smudge, who will be joining us at CatCuddles this week. She is friendly and laid-back, and enjoys the quiet life. She has lived with a large dog previously, so could potentially share her home once again with a feline-friendly dog.

    We will be considering both indoor only homes and those with very safe outdoor access for this fluffy girl, and will have more information on her once our volunteers have gotten to know her a little better.



     
    • Sociable
    • Indoor only

    Lucky - RESERVED

    Beautiful blue boy Lucky is one of 7 cats joining us at CatCuddles due to the sad passing of their owner.

    Lucky is a typical 18 month old cat - full of mischievousness and energy. The move to CatCuddles has understandably confused and unsettled him, however it's plain to see that he is a friendly, sociable and active cat who is going thrive in a new home. He has lived with several cats in the past and likely could do so again - he has a gentle nature - and will need access to a garden that is very safe, away from busy roads. We expect to receive many enquiries about Lucky due to his striking looks and unusual coat colour, however we're really looking for an adopter who's interest goes further than the superficial.



     
    • 2-10 years
    • Sociable

    Raja - RESERVED

    Please meet six year old Raja, a big, ginger tom cat who is a joy to cuddle because of his teddy-bear size and affectionate nature. He has come to CatCuddles due to a change in his former owner's living circumstances, and despite being with us just a short time he is already very much loved by the volunteer team.

    Despite being a very big boy, he is gentle and sweet-natured, at times even a little shy. He craves attention and would be a fantastic companion cat - offering lots and love and company to his adopters. He likes to venture out from time to time, so a home with a garden would be ideal for this friendly feline.



     
    • 2-10 years
    • Sociable

    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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