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Adopt A Cat   last updated - 25th 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 last year by CatCuddles are Malika (short-haired male) and Bayla (long-haired female), two older kittens each saved from the short, brutal life of a feral cat to be rehabilitated by our volunteer and fostering team. They came to us bewildered and frightened by any human presence, and we have witnessed their transformation from ferals into cats that, although still shy and carrying a special set of needs, know how to love and form bonds with people.

Currently with fostering volunteers in Shooters Hill, the pair show strong affection toward their carers and have shed a lot of their initial fear, becoming quite relaxed around the home. This, plus the successful adoption of their also once feral siblings, demonstrates to us their huge potential to become great companion cats, if given the chance. Sadly, they have been waiting for an adopter able to overlook their shyness for a very long time.

Still sometimes skittish, with Malika in particular being a little uncomfortable about being picked up, the pair improve by the day. The attention given to them by their foster carers, if continued into their new home, will guarantee that they progress into settled, anxiety-free cats. This would mean their adopter making an effort to engage with them, through play, food, and strokes, on a daily basis. They certainly love a raucous game with a feather toy and although sometimes resistant to being stroked, will relax with persistent, gentle persuasion.

Malika, a very small-framed boy, gained fame among our volunteer team for being a tiny 'spit-fire' when he first arrived - 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. Months later, the growls and hisses are becoming a distant memory as his defenses are broken down by the love of his foster carers.

Bayla, a stunning fluffy girl, has a less dominant personality than her brother and is gentle and placid. Despite their contrasting personalities however, the siblings share a deep, enduring love for one another. They sleep curled up together and groom each other tenderly, something that is very sweet to witness. We would not want to break this loving bond, and are looking for a home for them together.

Although brother and sister, the significant size difference in this pair also suggests that they 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. These beautiful, deserving young cats have been waiting a few months too long for their forever home.

The pair are fostered in Shooters Hill where they are receiving visitors :-)



 
  • 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.

Parsley is currently fostered in Bluewater where she is receiving visitors :-)



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

Brutus (Reserved)

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 & Minstrel

We first encountered 1 year old Mousse and her four young kittens, including Minstrel, 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. Three of those kittens have now happily been adopted, and we're looking for a home for Mousse and 17 week old Minstrel together as they are especially close and are rarely seen apart.

Because of her time spent on the streets, 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.

Minstrel, losing out on human attention in those integral first weeks of life, is more shy and will take a little more time to trust.

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.

What could be more wonderful than having mother and son share your home, alike in their quiet, gentle personalities, their beautiful silky black fur, and their need for somewhere to settle at last.



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

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. He is the very definition of a 'lap cat', a warm lap being his favourite spot in the world, and the first place he aims for when he meets a new person. As you can see from his picture, he is also currently sporting a very fetching Lion King hair cut!

Charlie receives Insulin injections twice daily, 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

Barrington

Barrington is a huge fluffy Tom who very wisely made his own way to CatCuddles one evening. We strongly suspect that he is a stray, as he has no microchip and came to us un-neutered and with evidence of past battle scars, however we are still investigating the possibility that he has an owner that he has become separated from. We must fully eliminate that possibility before Barrington can go to his new home.

We believe he is approximately 5 years of age, and must have had extensive contact with humans in the past as he is simply the friendliest cat you could ever meet. He loves to climb on your lap, his whole body vibrating with purrs, and allow himself to be stroked from ears to tail. He is so content in this position that he occasionally dribbles! He will need a garden in his new home, and owners with a lot of love and attention to spare.

Barrington is just a big, lovable teddy bear, and he would be an absolute delight to share a home with.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Street savvy

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 approximately 1 year old and is small for her age, with dainty white socks that are very striking against her silky, jet black fur. She has a strong playful streak and is energetic, eager to play, and a vacuum of treats!

Tufty is still undergoing an adjustment period and is a little unsure of how to interact with people, which often manifests in a funny habit of growling and grumbling away to herself! She is best approached by someone with a calm, confident energy, so will do wonderfully in an experienced home. Still so young, her behaviour can be dictated by the right environment and by competent and loving adopters.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Street savvy

Kittens for adoption

Kitten season is upon us and we will regularly have kittens available for adoption at CatCuddles. We home kittens in pairs, or as a companions to another cat, and in homes with garden access. We make exceptions to this rule only in very special circumstances, if the quality of the prospective home in some way substitutes for the absence of these things.

We will be looking for adopters who are genuinely able to offer a suitable environment and forever home to our kittens, rather than those who are understandably swayed by just how cute these little characters are. Kittens require a huge amount of attention, affection and guidance, and those that leave us do so on contractual agreement of future neutering.

If you think you can offer a suitable home to one of our beautiful kittens, please get in touch.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable

Gooboo

Cuddly 7 year old Gooboo will say hello to just about anyone. She is a laid-back and sociable girl who came to us with adventurous boy Lubow, also up for adoption, after a member of their household developed an allergy.

We will consider homing Gooboo and Lubow both together and separately as, although they are not dependent on one another, they can share a territory quite happily, and their personalities contrast wonderfully.

Goobo absolutely laps up attention and is a sweet, warm-hearted girl. She loves comfort and strokes and napping around the home alongside a human companion, and she would be fantastic for someone looking for a cat to lavish with cuddles and love.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Street savvy

Lubow

Lubow is a 9 year old Norwegian Forest cat with an adventurous personality. He will need to be homed somewhere with a spacious but safe garden, as he loves to spend his days exploring the outdoors, prowling through grass and stalking prey. As pedigrees are at risk of theft, it's particularly important that his time outdoors is monitored, and that the garden environment provided is especially safe.

Having shared his previous home with Gooboo, also up for adoption, Lubow could be paired with the lovely calico girl once more. He is happy to live alongside Gooboo and her very sociable personality compliments his more independent nature perfectly. That's not to say that Lubow does not enjoy attention, as he loves to curl up on the sofa in the warmth of a home and enjoy strokes, but he strikes a balance between entertaining himself and seeking human company. He can be shy upon first meetings but relaxes quickly when treated gently and kindly.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Street savvy

Twainie

Please meet Twainie. Jet black from head to toe, she is a striking, energetic young girl fighting to adapt after a rough start in life.

Born on the streets to a stray mother, Twainie was not exposed to humans until she was several weeks old, when CatCuddles stepped in to rescue her entire family. Because of this, it has taken a lot of work by our volunteer team and at present by a dedicated fosterer, to teach Twainie that humans are her companions and carers, and that she need not be afraid of them. She has made great strides towards understanding this and now boldly explores her foster home, unabated by her old fears, however she still startles easily and may run when approached. When allowed to make contact at her own pace, and when enticed by food or toys, she is far more comfortable interacting with people; she will wrestle with string toys and beg for food in her tiny voice.

What she needs is an owner willing to give her one-on-one attention every day, playing with her, feeding her by hand and engaging with her in every way possible, to eradicate the remnants of her fearful past, and make her truly comfortable around humans. To be such a person is to be a true cat lover, with a wish not only to share a home with a feline, but to change a cats life for the better. Could you be that person?



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • For experienced homes
  • 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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