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!
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.
This beautiful blue and white gorgeous girl, Irene, is 5 years old and moved into CatCuddles after a family breakup. The transition has been a little tough on her at the beginning but she is blossoming now with her foster mum Abi in Battersea where she is revealing her funny, chatty, playful side.
In her former home, she was an independent girl who formed a strong attachment to her human dad. She seems to absolutely relish treats and her food and has mad rushes around the flat when excited (or when she has just used the litter tray!!). While we expect that she will soon settle and find comfort in the company of her new human, she would be best suited to someone very adept at winning over cats, in an adult only home that is not put off by the odd hiss at first. 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.
A garden and safe outside are a must for this lady's new home, to give her a chance to stretch her legs every day and spend some of her energy exploring. She is one in a million!
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.
Lisbon (All black) & Matilda (Black and White), are two beautiful 12 week old girls who are looking for homes in pairs.
They will need access to a safe garden environment once they are of age and adopters who realise that kittens, though adorable, can be lots of work! Their adopters will need to be home for much of the day, and able to devote lots of time to stimulating them with love and play. They are all energetic, playful and of course very, very sweet.
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.
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.
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.
This is Bartholomew, an approximately 1 year old, sleek black boy sporting the look of a pirate. 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 a gentle and calm young boy who 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.
12 week old Art and his mum Newey (now adopted) were living in a weed and rubbish strewn alley for an untold amount of time before their life at CatCuddles began. Guarded by tall walls and completely inaccessible, the alley was view-able from a London office, and workers there observed the pair for many weeks, growing increasingly concerned by their living conditions and the approaching cold weather. After contacting CatCuddles, a rescue operation ensued, which was made difficult and long by the inaccessible spot. Eventually the perseverance of volunteers paid off and Art and his mum made it safely to the sanctuary, one after another.
After weeks of recovery the pair are cleaner and healthier and looking at a future in the warmth and security of a home, rather than in that dismal alley. As Art was presumably born there, he had very little opportunity to interact with people at all, so potential adopters need to understand that this is all very new to him and he is entitled to be a little scared. Nevertheless, he is making huge progress - bit by bit he is shedding his fear of our volunteers, and though he will hiss when approached, no matter how much fuss he makes he has never actually harmed a single member of the team; once put on a lap he will relax, enjoy strokes, and settle enough not to try to run away and even purr. He is going to continue to improve until he is a cuddling, purring machine, if the attention and love that he receives at CatCuddles is simply continued in a forever home. His adopter will not only be offering him a home but a transformation.
Due his young age and need for socialization, Art will require adopters who are often home and able to offer him lots of attention. He could be homed as a companion to another, friendly cat, and will need access to a safe garden environment once he is of age.
Tallulah is a beautifully fluffy and petite 11 year old girl who is full of gentleness and affection. She is a very easy going, very friendly and inquisitive cat; the perfect feline companion and an absolute joy to be around. Her sociable nature means that she prefers to spend much of her time inside, in the company of people, and for this reason we will consider indoor only homes for her. She is quite difficult to photograph as she is always trying to climb on laps!
A perfect, cuddly girl who was quickly become loved among our volunteer team, the adopter who is able to offer Tallulah the right home will be very lucky indeed.
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, and when she arrived at the sanctuary she was very shy. After spending a little time with our volunteers however, she has found some confidence. She will now tentatively approach visitors in hope of strokes, though she likes attention on her own terms - she will need an adopter who will give her lots of love whilst also allowing her independence. We feel she will benefit in particular from a quiet, adult-only environment with someone who is often home, and expect that as the bond with her adopter grows, she will become increasingly cuddly. Somewhere with access to a small, outside space, such as a cat-proofed terrace or balcony would also be ideal.
The kind lady who discovered Ted, living as a stray in Gillingham, chose his name simply because he is a teddy bear; he is a big, chunky tom who cannot get enough cuddles. Approximately 7 years old, he is so friendly, purry and chatty, and greets our volunteers with the utmost enthusiasm each morning. He gets so carried away rubbing himself all over his CatCuddles suite in excitement, that he sometimes accidentally dunks his head in his water bowl! What a silly, loveable boy, who deserves so much better than what life has given him so far.
Four year old Woody boasts beautiful Tiger-stripes, a big voice, and an even bigger personality!
He is affectionate, talkative, active and interested in everything, and is looking to be the center attention in a new home with safe outside access.
His adopters will need to be able to offer him lots of time as he is a truly interactive, human orientated cat, though he does also like to while away hours prowling through the garden. He is not a cat to blend into the background, so is best suited for an adopter who is willing to fully involve him in their home life. In return he will be a true feline best friend. Full of life and character, every day with Woody promises to be a little more interesting.
8 year old Beamy is a beautiful Silver Oci-Cat who is intelligent, talkative and sociable. He loves to be stroked and his velvety soft fur is a joy to touch. A very vocal cat, he alternates between independence and seeking out attention. He has shared his home with other felines in the past but
has not shown any preference toward their company - he much prefers the companionship of people and being the center of attention. In Beamy's former home, he very much enjoyed outside space - however because his striking appearance may put him at risk of theft, he will need access to only the safest of garden environments in his new home.
Sweet tabby girl Baby is still young, around 1 - 2 years old, and came to us with her three babies after living as a stray for an untold amount of time. She is friendly and sociable and not too timid, but still hasn't learned to trust people or feel completely safe in their presence - the result of being abandoned once already in her young life, and having to fend for herself and her beautiful kittens. All this sweet girl needs is a little love and time, in a home that can offer her some safe outside space. She could be adopted with Danny, with whom she shares a suite at CatCuddles, or one of her kittens.
Danny is a sweet, shy boy who came to us with Baby and her three kittens - he is presumably their father. He is timid and will hang back when meeting new people, however once approached and stroked for a while begins to relax and purr. He is around 2 years old and is full of potential.
Like Baby, he was rescued from the short, harsh life of a stray cat, and his future now lies in a patient, loving home able to offer him the opportunity to build his confidence. He will need access to a safe garden, and could be adopted along with the lovely Baby, who he shares a territory with quite happily.
Eddie is a 13 year old girl looking for a quiet life with someone able to lavish her with affection and cuddles. She is extremely friendly and sociable, wanting nothing more to be by your side. She does have some special needs, requiring a diet of specialized renal food which is easily accessible online, from a veterinary surgery or from larger pet stores, and being deaf. If managed properly, this effects her quality of life little and her loving, friendly personality not at all. She will need an indoor-only home, which suits her very well - she is placid and laid back, and prefers to be inside, close to her human companions. This love of company means that she needs an adopter who is often home; a retired couple would be ideal.
Every bone in Eddie's body is sweet, gentle and loving.
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.