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 across our volunteer foster homes at Catcuddles.
Please get in touch via our "Contact Us" enquiry form and we would be happy to give you a more up to date picture of the kitties for adoption and book you in for a visit. Please note that cats are hosted across a sizeable area of SE London, so visiting your kitties of choice may require two stops!
Tuttie (mum) & Fruittie (kitten) are young 1-2 year old mother and 5 month old daughter, both now neutered, chipped, vaccinated etc, who came to us after being abandoned outside a vet surgery. Stunning, brightly coloured torties, they look like more like twins than mother and daughter.
They are both friendly and sweet, though quite shy and tentative in new environments and with people they do not know. In recent weeks Tutti has become increasingly outgoing with our volunteers, but both remain shy and in need of one person that they can bond with and learn to trust over a number of weeks. For Frutti in particular this shyness is due to being abandoned so young.
Despite their shyness they are both extremely playful - they chase balls, dangly toys and pretty much anything that moves - and they also LOVE to eat. You can tell that underneath the shyness, they are very different cats, and someone willing to offer them a little time and a lot of love will see these bolder personalities emerge.
They will need to be adopted as a pair - they've been through a lot together and have become quite dependent on each other as a result. A garden in a quiet, suburban neighbourhood would be just what these two young ladies need.
Sweet but scared 3 year old boy Filemon has just been rescued from a tough life on the streets, coming to us with multiple scratches on his face as a result of attacks from other cats.
He is now healing, both physically and from his time spent homeless and alone. He is still very shy and defensive at present, and confused by all the sudden changes in his life, however he is making small improvements, gradually learning that our volunteers mean him no harm. Once he feels safe with someone, he comes out of his shell a little and reveals some of his sweet, tentatively friendly personality.
We will be working with him in upcoming weeks to make him more confident and comfortable around people, though ultimately he needs to find an experienced, accepting forever home to patiently and calmly teach him to trust again. Cats do not rush anything!
This is Ginger, who, unusually, is an all-ginger female. She is 4 years old and is extremely loving and friendly, though initially she can be a little shy around new people.
It's easy to win Ginger over with gentle strokes and she becomes very purry and eager for more attention once she feels comfortable with someone, winding around legs and giving little soft head butts. She absolutely loves to have her chin scratched and is an enthuastic eater. She just needs to gain a little confidence which should not be too difficult in a forever home; she is really a very affectionate, gentle cat.
Ginger is an active young girl who will need some safe outside space in her new home. She could potentially share her home with another cat-friendly feline.
Snow-white Haiti is two years old and is friendly, gentle and outgoing.
She has just arrived at CatCuddles along with the lovely MukMuk and they could be adopted as a pair. She's looking for a spacious indoor only home, and adopters who can lavish her with attention - she's not a cat to blend into the background and being very sociable, she likes to be included as part of the family.
There is a possibility that Haiti may be deaf, as this is extremely common among all white cats. Our vets will be investigating this in upcoming weeks, but it should pose few issues for Haiti as cats cope amazingly well with such disabilities.
We're still getting to know Haiti and will have more information on her personality soon!
1 year old MukMuk is very petite with striking tabby markings and dainty white socks. She is Haiti's daughter and enjoys her mother's company very much, so the two could potentially be adopted together. MukMuk is every bit as sweet as she looks - friendly and curious and very keen to be given scratches under the chin and to chase dangly toys. She is looking for an indoor only home with adopters who can give her tons of love and fuss, her two favourite things after treats!
Caramel is an extremely friendly boy, chatty and a real lap cat. He also has one very distinctive and very endearing feature - crossed eyes!
Caramel is looking for an indoor home, ideally with a balcony that could be cat proofed or made safe. His sole want in life is love and affection and he doesn't like to venture far from people. Being a senior boy, he does have renal disease, but this is easily managed with specialised food that can be purchased at the majority of pet stores. It's a small price to pay for such an incredibly loving, cuddly and gentle cat!
14 year old Taylor is a new arrival and a very friendly one at that. He is laid back and easy going, loving to nap or relax on the sofa next to a human companion, so could potentially be an indoor cat, though we will consider homes with safe garden access for him too.
He's looking for a home with a peaceful pace to match his chilled out personality, with adopters who can give him a lot of fuss - he's a very human orientated cat who likes to stick close to people, and who likes strokes and affection.
Silky black Victa has just arrived in our care. Rescued from the streets, he's a little confused by his sudden change of surroundings, though grateful for his full bowl and warm bed, and is still settling in. At present he is friendly but little wary, but once he realises that he's safe we expect he will become far more outgoing and she's his slight tentativeness
At roughly three years old he's a very active, inquisitive boy and will need a garden in his new home, and to be a solo cat - scraps with rival males during his time spent on the street have made him prefer human company to feline!
1 year old Sammy is a lovely gentle boy and a new arrival at CatCuddles. His mother the gorgeous Haiti and his sister is tiny tabby MukMuk.
Sammy is very inquisitive and curious about everything, and being quite young and active he would appreciate a safe garden to explore. He's also a big purrer - he will purr the moment he is touch and likes to wind around legs, vibrating like an engine. He's a very friendly, affectionate cat and will need adopters who can offer him plenty of time and attention.
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.
Felines need interaction with humans from the very beginning of their lives in order to develop into well socialised adult cats, who are comfortable with being touched and held by people. When this doesn't happen - when cats are born on the streets to stray mothers, or abandoned at a very young age, for example - they may grow into cats who are semi-feral or feral, willing to interact with people only at a distance and preferring to spend much of their time outside.
At CatCuddles we regularly encounter cats like these who have had tremendously difficult starts in life, and wish to offer them a chance at happiness, especially as they were deprived of it as kittens. It is possible to do so by finding them homes in rural and countryside locations, where they can spend much of their time outside but with the option of shelter available, be it a house with access via a cat-flap or a specially converted barn. Such homes are ideal because they are located away from busy roads and the many hazards of cities, allowing cats to roam freely and safely, to some extent reverting back to a natural state, and interacting with their human companions to whatever extent they are comfortable with.
Cats that exhibit feral behaviour tend to be fantastic companions for cats and other animals, and great at catching mice and other prey. This is because they are so in tune with their instincts. They also may gradually become less feral as they get to know the people around them, learning to trust those who feed them regularly and show them kindness, however they may never allow themselves to be touched or come too close, though over the years we have seen some near miraculous transformations.
If you live in a rural location, and would like to offer a feral, semi feral or just very shy cat a chance at life, please get in touch. You will need to be able to provide the cat with regular food and care from a distance, and offer him or her the option of coming inside if he or she chooses. In the event that the cat needs veterinary care, CatCuddles can assist with capture and transport. All cats adopted from us are neutered, microchipped and vaccinated.
When cats develop feral behaviors, it's usually because they have been failed by people at the very start of their lives. If we do not find them homes because of this, then we are failing them again. If you can offer the right environment for such a cat, then please get in touch ASAP and change a life.
Wilbur is a 4 year old boy who came to us very neglected and in poor condition. He had a mouth ulcer, flea allergy, and severe dermatitis, and has these had not been treated by a vet for some years they had gotten out of control.Antibiotics and steroids plus good nutrition and plenty of love are slowly improving his condition, but his adopters will need to continue his treatment in his new home, taking him for veterinary check ups when necessary.
Wilbur is sweet, gentle and friendly. He's also very timid and relies on people to reassure him when he is unsure of something, with lots of strokes. Once he has shed his initial shyness with someone and warmed to them, he will climb on their lap and purr and give them little head butts. He is a small cat with a very innocent faces; being so gentle and soft he would be most suitable for an indoor home. Poor Wilbur has suffered too much in his young life and now needs security, love and attention for the rest of his days.