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Adopt A Cat   last updated - 4th Mar 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!

Malika and Bayla

Born of another of the feral litters rescued this year by CatCuddles are Malika and Bayla, two kittens each saved from the short, brutal life of a feral cat to be rehabilitated by our volunteer team. They came to us bewildered and frightened by any human presence, and it has been a long but rewarding task to gain their trust, one that is not over yet. Currently they still demonstrate some caution with humans, but are improving by the day - they will now approach people for food and play, but still need to shed a little of their anxiety around people they have just met.

Malika, the littlest boy, gained fame among our volunteer team for being a tiny 'spitfire' - despite being the smallest among his brothers and sisters, he would still bravely stand his ground against anything he perceived as a threat. His fiery nature, however, never extended far beyond talk - he would growl and hiss when approached by our volunteers, only to utterly succumb to strokes and cuddles once picked up. Bayla is a less dominant personality and even at this early stage, it is apparent that she has the potential to become a very calm, gentle house cat. While initially very fearful of humans, she has made great progress, and is even beginning to purr during contact.

Although brother and sister, this pair are from separate litters, and we believe Bayla to be some 6 weeks older than Malika, who is already small for his age, despite the big personality. They will need to be adopted by someone patient and experienced, who understands the long-term emotional rewards of transforming a once feral kitten with a tragic future ahead, into a content family cat facing only a comfortable and happy life.



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

Alby

Brought in from a budding feral colony in a busy South East London street, the sleek young Alby came to us having had almost no contact with humans. She was at first frightened and confused by our efforts to interact with her, but after sharing regular socialization sessions with our volunteers, and living with an experienced foster, has become far more trusting, a delightful 6 month old who is shy but loving, mischievous and playful nonetheless.

We believe that that living in a stable home environment with an experienced owner would make Alby all the more trusting, instilling in her the confidence to love and play entirely free of fear and the remnants of her feral past. She simply needs to be in a home environment to achieve her full potential as a companion cat, and we're looking for someone able to recognize that.

She will require an owner with experience, patience and dedication, and will reward them with her ever progressing trust.



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

Parsley

The beautiful snow-white Parsley is a 4 year old girl with a lovely, playful and friendly temperament. Like many white cats, she is deaf and must be approached tentatively so as not to startle her, and be homed in an indoor-only setup that - because of her high energy level - is spacious or has access to a cat proofed balcony/terrace.

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

We'd classify Parsley as a special needs cat because along with her deafness she has some fairly serious open wounds on her neck which are likely to be a cause of allergies and an, as yet undiagnosed, skin condition. Catcuddles will be investing a lot of money to try and diagnose her conditions but our experience means we know that there is a possibility that these wounds may not heal properly. She will need regular monitoring, wound care and possibly steroid injections. Her future owner will need to be prepared to provide ongoing care, possibly for the rest of her life.
We are looking for someone experienced and competent, able to get to grips with this issue in addition to Parsley's deafness. She will need someone who can offer her a lot of time for both play and affection. Her disability hinders her little physically, and there are no boundaries in her capacity to love.



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

Snowy

Meet Snowy, a beautiful blue-eyed girl of 14 currently looking for a quiet indoor-only home.
Although she is slightly shy during first introductions, once familiarized with a person Snowy goes on to form deep and abiding attachments. Though she does indulge in the occasional game, her favourite place to be is curled up safe and warm alongside her human companion; she prefers a peaceful and calm environment and is best suited to a home with a slower pace.

In her previous life, Snowy was allowed to become very overweight which will undoubtedly be impacting on her health so she will need some very tough love and a rigorous feeding regime with high quality, urinary food. She is also pre-renal and very prone to urinary complications, she has suffered two bouts of cystitis since Christmas. She is very prone to stress and does not react well to change so will need a calm and stable environment with a good daily routine where she can be a solo pet for the rest of her life. We have her on a cocktail of three supplements which support her circulatory system, her mood and urinary system. These are low cost and should not be a barrier to her successful rehoming.

Snowy's love of comfort and cuddles is so evident now she has settled in the home of one of our fostering volunteers. She is simply charming and enjoys the company of her humans and has a penchant for climbing into bed for extra cuddles. As long as you can offer Snowy an experienced indoor home, lots of company, cuddles and the vet care she needs you will be rewarded with this sweet and gentle girl. This small effort is certainly worth it for the pleasure of having Snowy by your side, gazing at you with her big blue eyes and emitting the occasional chirrup or meow.



 
  • Special needs cat
  • Solo cat
  • Indoor only
  • For experienced homes
  • Shy
  • Senior 10+

Truffles

The 8 year old Truffles always greets our volunteers with big, enthusiastic meows, and can't seem to get his fill of human interaction. He is very inquisitive about the world around him, and is eager to be involved in everything.

Having been an indoor cat for the duration of his life, Truffles will not be safe with unlimited access to the outdoors and so must be in an indoor-only home, or in one with a safe, cat proofed garden. Because of his adventurous nature, a spacious indoor-only environment, with owners who could provide lots of attention, would be best.

At times Truffles can get over-stimulated and play a little too roughly, but this is a behavior that can be curbed with advice and support from our experienced team, which is always available to adopters. He has lived with dogs in the past and co-existed quite happily with them, so with careful introductions, could likely settle in a home with them once more. Often trailing our volunteers round or rolling on his back to expose his fluffy belly, Truffles is friendly, active, and simply lots of fun.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Good with dogs
  • Indoor only

Waffles (Reserved)

Meet Waffles; despite being a strapping tabby boy of 5 years old, he is utterly gentle and sweet. Once a stray, he had to brave the dangers of the streets for many years, his survival likely only guaranteed by the regular food provided to him by local supporters.

Now at CatCuddles, Waffles has the prospect of a loving home ahead. Understandably, when he first came to us he was tentative and shy - his previous life likely didn't allow for much contact with humans. In recent weeks, however, though his shyness hasn't entirely vanished, Waffles has begun to feel braver, purring and rolling all over the floor when interacting, and getting his fill of strokes and cuddles. Just imagine the happy, loving cat that he could be in a forever home.

He will need a home with access to a safe garden, and will probably be happiest as a solitary cat. With a warm bed, a bowl that is filled regularly, and an owner who will not abandon him as he has been abandoned in the past, Waffles will finally be able to let his guard down, and be the content and loving cat that he should always have been.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Street savvy

Brutus

The 8 year old Brutus is a very big and chunky street smart Tom who has been roaming far and wide for many years and has the battle scars to show for it. He has clearly had to bear every kind of hardship thrown at him by life on the streets, including all manner of harsh weather, hunger and altercations with other cats, and it warms our hearts to think of him in a home one day, with all this behind him at last. Since arriving at the sanctuary, he seldom tears himself away from his heater.

Despite his checkered past, Brutus is lovely and laid back, his his big size making cuddling him all the more irresistible. He does give the occasional hiss when approached by new people, but this is merely defensive and he will be purring and enjoying strokes moments later - he is all talk! Such a big character, our volunteers have all absolutely fallen for him, nicknaming him 'King Brutus'.

Having spent so many years with no option but to live on the streets, Brutus is going to take a little time to adapt to a home environment, and will need a big garden in a safe location so that he can continue his adventures. Used to stealing whatever food he could to survive, he has a big appetite and it's important that he isn't allowed to over indulge too much.

Brutus has been fending for himself for far too long, having to fight every day for his existence; a warm bed, an open door and a full bowl is not much to ask for, and yet for Brutus, it would transform his life.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Good with cats
  • Street savvy

Henry

This ginger beauty is the 1 year old Henry. A much loved home cat for the duration of his life, Henry is struggling a little with the many changes that he has suddenly been faced with in coming into the sanctuary. As a result, he takes some time to warm to new people, and the sweet, loving cat that he truly is, that he showed himself to be in his previous home, can sometimes be hidden by his fear and confusion.

We have a little work to do to earn Henry's trust, as will anyone taking him into their home. But we have no doubt that the rewards of that work will be huge - in his past life, Henry loved to burrow under the covers of his owners bed, so we think he will make a soft and purry bed companion for that special someone offering the right home.

Henry tested well as an indoor-only cat but has had access to outdoors in the past. Because of his youthful energy, we would consider a spacious indoor home for him, but would love for him to have the opportunity to explore a garden in a safe location.

Henry will require a little patience and understanding to help him through this transition period, but there is no greater cure than a stable and loving environment. And once this ginger bundle is in your home, it will be impossible not to let him into your heart.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Shy
  • Indoor only

Mousse

We first encountered Mousse and her four young kittens after receiving a report about them roaming a New Cross housing estate. During a particularly cold period, they had been taking marginal shelter in a bin shed and it took many hours of work by our volunteers to capture the entire family.

We feared that Mousse may be feral or poorly socialized and, as an adult cat, unlikely to be rehabilitated. To our pleasant surprise however she proved to be sweet and sociable, a gentle girl who's strong desire for love can be hidden by her shyness. She is approachable and responds to strokes with tentative appreciation and soft purrs, and it's clear to us that she is looking for someone to trust.

All but one of Mousse's kittens, Minstrel, have now been homed, and we would like to home Mousse and Minstrel together as she has doted on him particularly, and the pair are very alike in their laid-back, tentatively friendly personalities.

Having encountered humans only at a distance during her time as a stray, it's understandable that Mousse needs to gain some confidence. She has been struggling to look after her kittens for so long in the most terrible of circumstances, and we think she's long overdue having someone to look after her.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Street savvy

Minstrel

Minstrel is a beautiful silky black boy of 14 weeks who is the last of his siblings in need of home. We are hoping to home him with his mother, Mousse, as the pair are rarely apart.

Mousse struggled to care for Minstrel and his litter mates on the streets of New Cross in the midst of freezing weather, before CatCuddles stepped in to offer the whole family a new chance at life.

Being homeless in his formative weeks of life, Minstrel was given little opportunity to socialize with humans. This means that he is shy and likes to stick close to his mum. He will need someone patient and experienced to help bolster his confidence, and teach him that human intentions are good. His young age makes him very susceptible to this, and he will become a loving companion cat in a home environment, if provided with regular interaction and plenty of love.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable
  • Shy
  • For experienced homes

RumTum (Reserved)

Meet RumTum, a stray boy first discovered in a London garden last year at the peak of the bitter winter cold. He is 1 - 2 years old and we can only guess at how much of that life has been spent living on the streets. Surviving on food provided by a sympathetic lady, RumTum was so hungry or simply so desperate to be back in the warmth of a home, that he would attempt to force his way through her garden door. Full of despair at seeing this loving, friendly cat, night after night, living in rain and sleet and snow, but reluctant to let him in fully for fear of how her own cat and dog would react, the lady contacted us. He is now looking for a new home at our sanctuary.

Very sweet but slightly tentative, RumTum is energetic and athletic - he enjoys climbing the walls of his suite! He is little shy and reserved around people, but this is not surprising having been able to trust few people in his life so far. Once stroked however, RumTum emerges from his shell, purring and even meowing loudly for more attention. It's our goal to find him a home where he will never have to face another closed door, nor another cold and lonely night; if you can offer this, and more, to RumTum, please get in touch.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Street savvy

Chakra (Reserved)

At just six months old, the fluffy amber-eyed Chakra was sadly living as a stray before coming to CatCuddles.

Tiny but with a big purr, Chakra is sociable, friendly and inquisitive. She is happy to be picked up and loves to wind her way around your legs, swishing her magnificent tail. Because of her young age, she will need someone that can accommodate her youthful energy, with lots of time to provide her with stimulation and play.

In the most tentative months of her life, Chakra has seen too much hardship. We can guarantee her a far more positive future only with a devoted and loving adopter.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable

Mog

Mog is a 10 year old boy looking for an indoor-only home. He previously lived with his sibling, Meg, who was recently adopted from CatCuddles.

Mog did not enjoy co-existing with his sister, as he doesn't like to share his human companions with her, nor any other cat. He can act out a little when he believes that he doesn't have the full attention of his carer, and for this reason we believe that he will need to be homed as the only cat in a household.

This want of attention is a testament to his love of cuddles and affection, though it can take Mog a little while to get to this point as he is nervous when meeting new people. When he isn't sure of someone or feels that they are approaching him too fast, he will give them a not very fierce tap with his paw to let them know.

He will need a patient, experienced adopter, able to understand cat body language, someone that Mog could warm to at his own pace. He would thrive with such an owner, and, with the spotlight on him at last, would be a very happy cat indeed, likely to emerge further from his shell by the day.



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

Charlie

Meet 13 year old Charlie, the sweetest and most friendly of cats with a very special set of needs.

Charlie is diabetic, so he is looking for an indoor-only home with a competent and experienced person. He came to us in sad circumstances; his owner loved him dearly and was heart broken to have to part with him, but due to her increasingly poor health, felt that she could not manage his condition and had no other option.

We are now determined to put her mind at rest by finding Charlie a new home where his diabetes will not only be carefully monitored, but where he can also continue to receive the huge amount of love that he has become accustomed to. He is an utterly gorgeous cat, an engaging and friendly young senior who loves to climb on your lap and purr like an engine. As you can see from his picture, he is also currently sporting a very fetching Lion King hair cut!

Charlie receives daily Insulin injections, so his new owner will need to be prepared to do this, and be proficient and responsible about carrying it out when necessary. Someone with experience in caring for a diabetic cat, or even coping with the condition personally, would be ideal.

He also requires a special diet of diabetic food, and to keep his blood sugar levels stable must not be allowed access to regular commercial cat food. For this reason, we recommend that he is housed as a solo-cat; we will only consider placing him with other cats if we are convinced that his diet will not be compromised.

If you are a confident and experienced cat owner, with a heart that is open to a sociable, interactive and lovable special needs boy, then you could be the right person for Charlie.



 
  • Senior 10+
  • Sociable
  • For experienced homes
  • Special needs cat
  • 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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