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Adopt A Cat   last updated - 6th Feb 2016

Adopting a cat is an immensely rewarding experience and you can really make a difference. Here are a few of the kitties we are lucky to have at Catcuddles. Check out our feline friends that are ready and raring to go!

Muffin

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

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

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



 
  • Senior 10+
  • Sociable
  • Shy
  • Indoor only

Eddie (Special needs)

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; she is deaf, and, as a result of being in the 'twilight' years of her life, requires a diet of specialized renal food, which can be purchased at veterinary surgeries, on-line and at pet stores. Her quality of life is effected little by these small issues however, and her loving personality is not at all. Eddie is truly a feline best friend; she will follow her human around and lounge next to him or her on the sofa or bed.

She will need an indoor-only home, which suits her very well - she is placid and laid back, and doesn't like to be far from people. This love of company means that she needs an adopter who is often home; a retired couple would be ideal. Eddie is fostered in Romford, where she is accepting visitors.

Every bone in her body is sweet, gentle and loving.



 
  • Senior 10+
  • Sociable
  • Special needs cat
  • Indoor only

Fineas & Furby

Laid back brothers Fineas and Furby are friendly, easy going and used to sharing space with kids. At six years of age, they are very adaptable boys who due to their sociable, human orientated natures, will settle in a new home without too much fuss, providing they are given a loving welcome. Though almost identical in appearance, Fineas is the braver of the two, and will be demanding strokes from visitors with little head butts within minutes of meeting them. Furby, though shyer, is also affectionate and loving once he has gotten to know someone a little bit.

They will require a home together with access to a safe garden, and Fineas in particular loves to prowl outside and practice his hunting skills, though this does not keep him from his home comforts, or his human companions, for too long!



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Good with children

Rosemary & Baldo Reserved

At six months old, siblings Rosemary and Baldo are still very much kittens. They're raucous, playful, cuddly and affectionate, and are all set to grow into highly human orientated adult cats. Both are currently fostered in Crystal Palace where they are accepting adoption visitors, and will require a home together with access to a safe garden.

Rosemary loves to lay on laps and curl up under the covers on a bed, close to her human companion, whilst Baldo loves to be held and to wind around his foster carers neck like a living scarf! They very much want to be near people as much as possible and will always seek them out. They also enjoy play time just as much as they love affection and cuddles, and will chase laser pointers and feather toys with endless enthusiasm. Baldo in particular has earned the reputation of a clown, always making his foster carer chuckle with his antics. These two are just wonderful kitties. At the end of a long day, full of playing and exploring, they often curl up together on the sofa next to their human friends, content, comfortable and gorgeous, and who could ask for more than that?



 
  • Senior 10+
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable

Larry

Strapping boy Larry is five years old and has stunning white fur and a big, bold personality. He is extremely friendly and will climb on laps and demand strokes with little head butts, warming to new people very quickly. Not a cat to blend into the background, his adopters will need to be willing to make him a big part of their family, and offer him lots of time and love. A safe garden is also a must for Larry, as in his former home he loved to explore the great outdoors. He has shown great aptitude for getting along with other cats, and is all all round laid back, big-hearted and friendly boy.



 
  • Sociable
  • Good with cats
  • 2-10 years

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.



 

    Money Penny Reserved

    Money Penny was born on the street and spent her entire life there, with very little human contact. As a result, she exhibits behaviours characteristic of a feral cat.

    Feral cats are not aggressive; in fact they could not be more un-confrontational and their first instinct is always to flee. They are feral through no fault of their own, having been born to stray or abandoned mothers, and their feral state mostly manifests itself in extreme shyness around people.

    Though we have seen seemingly feral cats form amazing bonds with people, Money Penny will never be a cat who loves cuddles or strokes, or who will approach people willingly. An ideal home for her would be a rural environment, such as a farm, allotment or small holding, where she can be provided with a safe and warm shelter, regular food and monitoring and care from afar. She does seem to enjoy being around people, but enjoys their company from afar.

    She has keen instincts and could be a great mouser, and will be a great companion for another cat, be they feral or domesticated; feral cats always make the best friends for other felines. Once settled, there is every chance that Money Penny will gradually grow in confidence and comfort around people. Her needs are not demanding and after all these years spent fending for herself, this brave little cat deserves a chance at a life.



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

    CoCo and Shtriga

    This friendly, newly arrived pair are Coco (Black and white, 13) and Shtriga (Black, 12).

    Coco is laid back and easy going, with a very relaxed attitude to most things. Though she enjoyed venturing into the garden in her former home, it was mostly just to lounge in the sun; and she was also happy to be carried around the house. She is a very soppy girl, who never seems to tire of attention. She is simply looking for a human companion to wile away the hours on the sofa with.

    Shtriga is a little shyer than Coco, especially when meeting new people, but is still a sweet, affectionate cat who forms strong bonds. Shtriga has a comforting influence on her, and we would ideally like the pair to be homed together. They will require garden access in a safe location, as they have little experience navigating roads.

    These are two very loving family cats with a calm, friendly energy, and they will provide fantastic companionship for a very lucky someone.



     
    • Senior 10+
    • Sociable

    Hansel & Gretel Reserved

    15 week old siblings Hansel (left, male) and Gretel (right, female) came to CatCuddles after being abandoned outside of a nearby veterinary surgery, just after Christmas. We suspect that they were an unwanted Christmas gift, or the last of a 'Gumtree litter' that wouldn't sell. Sadly, we have seen this many times.

    They are charming; adventurous, full of life and mischievousness - but what kitten isn't?

    Despite their mistreatment in early life they are confident and care-free - we believe they are easy going and adaptable, however we also feel that they will grow into high-energy cats, so anyone taking them on will need to take this into consideration. All kittens need lots of company during the day, so not only will Hansel and Gretel need to be adopted together, they will also need adopters who are often home. A safe garden environment is also a must, allowing the kittens the chance to experience the outdoors once they are of age.



     

      Harvey

      Harvey is a friendly, laid back and potentially indoor boy of 8 years old who will be joining us at CatCuddles soon due to his owner's fading health.



       
      • Indoor only
      • Sociable
      • 2-10 years

      Manal

      Manal is a red, native Egyptian Mau, and is typical of the breed in her exuberant personality, her athleticism and her overwhelming friendliness. Shy is not a word that is easily applied to Manal, who will climb on someone's lap within five minutes of meeting them, vibrate with purrs and frantically rub her face against your own. She can't get enough of being touched, played with and interacted with in general. Sometimes she can get a little too eager for attention, and over excited and over stimulated, and will demand more strokes with little nips!

      CatCuddles volunteers flew to Egypt to bring Manal to the U.K. Now at CatCuddles, her adoption prospects are far greater than in her native country, where animal welfare regulations are sadly lacking. Though Manal's high energy level means that she will definitely need garden access in her new home, her unfamiliarity with the U.K. and it's weather mean that she will need a fully cat-proofed, very safe outside space, and will have to be introduced to it gradually over the summer months.



       
      • Sociable
      • Good with cats
      • 2-10 years

      Mouch Mouch

      Mouch Mouch is an all black 3 year old girl who is looking for an indoor only home.

      Beginning life as a stray, she interacted very little with people in the formative months of her life and as a result, she developed into a very shy adult cat. She is prone to fleeing when approached by new people, and hiding helps her cope when feeling overwhelmed. Nevertheless she is a very gentle girl who can progress into a more confident cat if she is worked with carefully in her new home, and she would also be wonderful company for an existing cat as she is very adept at communicating and bonding with other felines.



       
      • 2-10 years
      • Sociable
      • For experienced homes
      • Good with cats
      • Indoor only

      Garfield (Special needs)

      Garfield is a cat who has survived despite all the odds stacked against him, and who has not allowed hardship to touch his sunny, friendly, loving personality.

      Garfield has a damaged back leg, which he is unable to put weight on and which he generally drags behind him. Once a street cat in Cairo, Egypt, he was flown to the U.K. by CatCuddles volunteers to receive treatment for the leg, and because adoption prospects are poor in Egypt for a cat with special needs such as his. Disabled is a term not quite fitting for Garfield however, as his leg hinders him little - not only does he get around quite easily, he gets around fast! He is surprising and admirable in how he has adapted, without self doubt or pity, and how much excitement and enthusiasm he has for life. He is an active, inquisitive, and extremely affectionate cat, who loves to be stroked, hugged and kissed.

      Garfield has such zest for life, and had travelled such a long way, that we don't want his adoption to be delayed by treatment of his leg, and so we have opted to find adopters willing to collaborate with us on that treatment. At present, we are examining options including prosthetics, amputation, or re-setting the bone, and his adopters will need to be willing to work with CatCuddles to pursue one of these options, which will be funded by the charity, and happy to bring him to our collaborating vets for consultations.



       
      • 2-10 years
      • Sociable
      • Special needs cat

      Morisette

      Morisette will be joining us at CatCuddles by the 7th of February. She is 4 years old and is looking for an indoor, adult-only home.



       
      • Indoor only
      • Sociable
      • 2-10 years

      Toots

      Toots is a shy but sweet girl looking for an indoor only home. More info to come on her soon.



       
      • Indoor only
      • Sociable
      • 2-10 years

      Huntly

      Huntly is roughly four years old and was brought to CatCuddles after local residents spotted him wandering the streets at all hours, seemingly hungry and often crying. At the moment we are taking steps to ensure that he does not have an owner he has become separated from, but as he is not microchipped, had no collar and seemed very hungry and desperate for company, we strongly suspect that he was abandoned or made stray. He is a very sweet boy who sought out help from people because he wants nothing more than a little love, warmth and care.



       
      • Street savvy
      • Sociable
      • 2-10 years

      Muse & Weaver

      Siblings Muse (girl, black nose) & Weaver (boy, pink nose) are just under 14 weeks old and are looking for a home together, where they can continue to share their strong bond. They are a little shy, but will purr contentedly when handled and likely just need a little one on one attention to build their confidence.



       

        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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