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Adopt A Cat   last updated - 28th Jun 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 (Indoor cat)

We cannot understand why 4 year old Parsley has been overlooked by prospective adopters for so long; she is a live-wire, a big bold character who rarely leaves her foster carers side or fails to 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 suffers from a chronic skin condition. 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 has a cat-proofed balcony/terrace to accommodate her high energy level. 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 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 girl to be overlooked, despite her being so interactive, playful and funny.

In reality Parsley is happy in spite of her condition, and will continue to be in any home that is suitable for her needs. Though it causes her some mild discomfort and does need monitoring, with a competent, level-headed individual it is 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
  • Special needs cat
  • 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, curious and a vacuum of treats!

As a result of spending much of her first year of life unwanted, when Tufty first came to us she was eager to interact with people but unsure of the right way to do it. A playful girl already, she would get over-excited quickly by attention and could play a little too roughly. In recent weeks however, we have seen huge improvements on this front. Our volunteers have approached her with a low-key energy and she has begun to appreciate calm and quiet strokes, and learn that her new human friends will not be going anywhere. In just a short time she has begun to understand how to interact with humans, so in a home where she has the constant reassuring presence of her adopters this progress will be tenfold. A new home will also provide plenty more opportunity for play and stimulation to help burn off this girls store of energy. In short, Tufty will thrive in a new home. Sadly, she has been waiting for that opportunity for quite some time now.

Tufty will need to be the only pet in her new household, and have access to ideally a safe garden network. She is full of curiosity and energy and playfulness and most importantly, potential. She is young and we don't want to see her wait any longer to realize that potential.



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

Cleo

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

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

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

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

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

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



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Street savvy

Bahira & Negma

In recent months, CatCuddles have been able to help facilitate the transport of some special cats from Egypt to the U.K who would have little chance of survival and no chance of adoption 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 been neglected for 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!



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

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

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, but Mischief forming very tight attachments once she has gotten to know someone. 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 does have some initial shyness when meeting new people, but once bonded she is very sociable, eager for attention and is also very chatty. 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 less shy 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

Zimba and Tigga

Two year old brothers Zimba (black and white) and Tigga (black) are looking for an indoor-only home together as their former owner is moving to a new property that sadly does not allow cats.

They are very sociable cats who, although sometimes initially shy when warming up to a new person, make friends quickly and would soon shed their tentativeness if treated with patience and love in their new home. Zimba loves to climb onto laps or snuggle alongside his human companion on the sofa, and Tigga enjoys having his fluffy stomach rubbed and pouncing on any plastic bag in his vicinity.

Being young cats, they have lots of spark and energy and are very interactive around people, and 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.

Sociable, playful and sweet-natured, Zimba and Tigga would make wonderful feline companions to anyone lucky enough to have them.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Indoor only

Bartholomew (Spoken for)

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

Nathaniel (Spoken for)

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

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

Pepsi

Pepsi is four years old and an all black boy. He came to us with grey and white girl Brooksey, also up for adoption, and together they are among the friendliest cats that we've ever cared for at the sanctuary. Although they are happy to share territory, Pepsi and Brooksey are not dependent on each other for company and can be adopted either as a pair or separately. Both are very similar in their laid back, friendly temperaments, and both absolutely adore strokes and attention and will roll on their backs and allow our volunteers to stroke their fluffy stomachs. In his previous home, Pepsi loved to lounge in the garden on sunny days, so will require some safe outdoor space. He also reacted well to small dogs and children, which is a testament to his overall sweet and friendly personality. We are all quite in love with Pepsi here at CatCuddles, and it will be a very lucky person indeed who eventually takes him home.



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

Brooksey

8 year old Brooksey is just so lovely, cuddly and friendly, we absolutely adore her here at CatCuddles. She came to us with all black boy Pepsi, and although the pair are friendly with one another they could be happy homed either together or apart.

Brooksey is a fantastic cat who spends much of her time on her back, demanding that her visitors stroke her stomach. She is very laid back though not un-energetic and simply wants to be near her human companion at all times. Being such a sociable and easy going girl, Pepsi has reacted well to both children and small dogs in the past, and one of her favorite past times in her previous home was sun bathing in the garden, especially when she also had human company. She will need safe garden access and someone looking to lavish a feline with cuddles and affection; she's a lovely, lovely girl.



 
  • Good with dogs
  • Sociable
  • 2-10 years

Irene

The beautiful petite 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. 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
  • Shy
  • For experienced homes
  • Solo cat
  • Indoor only

Leo & Anoush

Strikingly striped boys Anoush and Leo are two beautiful and two very unusual cats.

For a start, they are well-traveled; born in Egypt as strays, CatCuddles helped secure their transition to the U.K so that they would have some prospect of adoption and a happy life. But the reason that they were in particular in need of our help is because of their physical quirks - Leo has three legs and Anoush has a non-progressive, non-painful disorder called Cerebellar Hypoplasia, also known as 'Wobbly kitty syndrome'. What we consider most striking of all about them however, is just how absolutely loving and friendly they are, despite a difficult start in life. Having lived in less than ideal conditions in Egypt in a shelter that housed many other cats, both rarely experienced one-on-one interaction with people. And it seems that as a result of this, they are now absolutely delighted by any human company at all, and will throw themselves at our volunteers with an enthusiasm and energy that shows just how little their special needs bother them. They are very, very friendly cats who have sunny dispositions.

Three-legged cats are always amazing at getting throughout life despite their absent limb, and Leo is no exception. He loves to play, to climb, to run around - it causes him no hardship and you only have to experience him clambering on your lap to see this! He is in particular so cuddly and lovely - he will follow you around the room and gently head butt you for more strokes.

As a result of his Cerebellar Hyploplasia, Anoush has an overall clumsy, wobbly and uncoordinated gait - he walks a little like he is drunk! Having been born with his condition, he is completely adapted to living with it and copes perfectly well, not knowing that he is different from any other cat. He has no additional veterinary needs as the condition does not get worse and causes him no discomfort, all he needs is a little extra consideration for his safety - for example, he walks better on carpeted floors than on slippery tiles/wood, and would be better placed in a home without too many stairs. In particular, both boys will need a very very safe garden, with an adopter who is willing to add additional cat proofing where necessary. Alternatively, we may consider an indoor-only home that is very spacious to accommodate the high energy level of these two little tigers.

Life with special needs cats is always full of surprises, and this is so true with the excitable, lovely, friendly and unusual Leo and Anoush. They are big, big characters who want nothing more than to love and be loved.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Special needs cat
  • Good with cats

Kittens for Adoption

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.



 
  • 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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