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!
Thackeray was born into a litter of semi-feral kittens and had little human contact for the first weeks of his life. Along with his siblings he had to be taught to trust and understand humans. He has made some good progress and is clearly a very sweet boy but he will need an experienced owner who has the time to spend with him helping him grow in confidence.
He is learning to enjoy grooming which is important as it'll be vital to keeping that tail magnificent! Grooming is also a great way for us to bond with our cats and is known to have many therapeutic benefits to both humans and cats! This lovely little bundle is full of life and energy and in the right home he will come on leaps and bounds. Thackeray needs an experienced, adult only home and would make a good companion to an existing cat or could be homed with one of his siblings, Milton or Titan. You'll need to be able to offer a solid daily routine and have enough time at home to spend with him.
5 month old Milton is Thackery's brother and he is a shy, gentle beauty. Jet black with such a pretty fluffy face - we adore him!
He is more vocal than his littermates and seems to be quite chatty and interactive with our volunteers. He is learning to enjoy being groomed which is necessary to keep that magnificent coat in check.
Milton is a sensitive soul and will need some enforced cuddle therapy once adopted so you can help him become more accepting of affection and build up his confidence. He is making progress every day due to the hard working fostering volunteer who is working with him.
When he goes to his forever home he is likely to be shy and nervous but with experienced, new owners who get him settled in a good routine and spend plenty of time with him, he is bound to become more and more confident every day and after a while you'll have a new best friend!
We know very little about young Calliope's life prior to her arrival at CatCuddles - she came to us as a stray from a nearby vet, young and sweet but confused about how to interact with humans. She can sometimes get a little bit over-excited in the presence of people, but this is due to how much she simply adores and craves attention, and, as a result of her rocky start in life, doesn't know the correct way to get it.
Calliope needs a calm guiding hand, but also someone who loves play and one-to-one interaction with cats, possibly a home with older children or adults only. Overflowing with energy, Calliope is a lover of balls and toys, and wants nothing more than for someone to join in with her play. Spirited and full of life, quite simply, Calliope is not short on character - and if you look very closely at her, you can see a tiny butterfly on her nose!
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.
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 interaction with humans. Scared and confused by our efforts to interact with her, it has taken extensive socialization from our volunteers to convince Alby that people are to be trusted. She progresses a little more with this trust every day.
We believe that the love of an experienced human would transform Alby into an excellent feline companion entirely unrecognizable from the tiny feral that we first rescued from that cold street. At present, she is learning to enjoy strokes, to associate humans with good things - like food, play and treats! - and she cannot resist a shoe lace or feather-toy - but needs to be in a home environment to achieve her full potential.
She will require someone with experience, patience and dedication, and will reward them with her daily leaps and bounds of progress and eventual bonding and trust.
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. In the past she has suffered problems with excessive grooming or scratching of her neck, and this will need to be monitored and may need to be tackled with a steroid injection from the vet if it becomes persistent. A steady routine, comfortable environment and plenty of stimulation will also be huge preventatives of this problem. Parsley will need someone who can offer her a lot of time for both play and affection, as she wants nothing more than to interact in every way possible with her human companion. Her disability hinders her little physically, and there are no boundaries in her capacity to love.
Tecka is between 3 - 5 years of age and was rescued from a neglectful home situation by her previous owner, who loved her and cared for her for many years, before unfortunately becoming too ill to continue.
This left her once more in an unhappy situation, alone in a flat receiving daily visits that could not provide the level of attention and affection that she had become accustomed to. Being a very interactive, sociable girl, the long periods of time spent alone were quite unbearable for her. A home where she could have the constant, reassuring presence of human companions once more would be a welcome relief for Tecka, making her a very happy cat indeed. She is a very sweet girl who can be a little shy upon first introductions, but once she has warmed to a person loves to lounge on their lap and have her head scratched vigorously. For Tecka, we want loneliness and uncertainty to be a thing of the past; perhaps a home with you could offer this.
Rocky is 7 years old and has a big character to match his big mane of fur. He greets his humans enthusiastically and vocally whether they have been gone hours or just minutes, and loves to sit close and knead soft fabrics, even if you are wearing them! A little contrarian, full of funny quirks and personality, Rocky prefers cardboard boxes and handbags to cat beds, and chasing sweet wrappers and random small objects to playing with cat toys. He has been a much loved home cat for the duration of his life, but a change of family circumstances now means that he needs a fresh start.
In his previous home he proved to be a wonderful feline companion, friendly and sociable, and has been exposed to children without exhibiting any negative behaviors toward them, though he does prefer to stay out of their reach. He has some naughty moments - an enthusiastic eater, his tastes aren't limited to cat food and he will eat whatever he can get his paws on, and he doesn't appreciate a sensitive spot on his bum being scratched and can play a little bit rambunctiously. Hygienic and neat, he also likes clean litter and will deviate from his normal toileting habits if his litter tray isn't tended to daily, and kept up to his high standards!
Overall Rocky would be a pleasure to share a home with, with funny, endearing habits and the warmest of feline hearts.
Meet Snowy, a beautiful blue-eyed girl of 14 currently looking for an indoor-only home.
Although she is sometimes 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. Her love of comfort and cuddles has perhaps contributed to her being a little overweight and our efforts to control this will need to be continued in her new home. Being a very sensitive girl, she is also prone to cystitis under stress and this is managed with a diet of special urinary wet food and regular check ups with the vet. 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.
4 year old Tigger came to us with brother, Theo, after a child in their household unfortunately developed a cat allergy. Although the two will share territory happily and lead a harmonious co-existence, they do choose to lead separate lives around the house so can be homed both together or separately.
Tigger is the more docile of the pair, loving to lounge around the home, especially alongside a human companion. He will accept strokes with grateful purrs and enjoys having his fluffy stomach rubbed. While he is a lover of comfort and affection, he is still an active young boy who will roam a garden and who enjoys playing both by himself and with a human. He is the perfect cat, and could complete a home with his presence.
4 year old Theo is the brother of Tigger and his active personality provides the perfect contrast to his brothers more laid back one. The pair can be happy either homed together or separately.
With a beautiful ticked coat and an inquisitive look on his face, Theo is impossible not to love. He is an extremely curious and outgoing boy, who is interested in anything and everything. He is always by his humans side, eager to be involved in whatever they're doing, and he loves to wrestle and roll around with toys. While he enjoys exploring a garden, in his previous home he never ventured beyond it's borders so may not be very street savvy. He is a very interactive, engaging young boy who could be a wonderful feline friend for someone.
The 8 year old Truffles is an active, friendly boy who loves to prowl around the house, chasing balls and hunting laser pointers. Having been an indoor cat his whole life, he will not be safe with unlimited access to the outdoors and so must be in an indoor-only home, or in one with a fully cat proofed garden. He can get over-stimulated whilst playing and become a little rough, and for this reason we are also looking for an adult-only environment for him. This is a behavior that can be curbed with advice and support from our experienced team, which is always available to adopters. He is a very sociable boy regardless, loving to trail his humans round and have his chin scratched. 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.
Orio is a 5 year old boy who came from a multi-cat home where he struggled to fit in or bond with his owners. He is now looking for a fresh chance at happiness in the form of a new home, one where his owners can perhaps focus more energy and attention on him and help draw him out of his shell.
Sweet yet skittish in situations where he feels unsafe, Orio needs a bit of patience and a calm, routinized, environment. He has been exposed to dogs, is fine with other cats and even small animals and reacts well to all, but will perhaps be happiest with the company of a feline that is not overly dominant, or be a solo boy. Once he is made to feel at ease, Orio loves to be groomed and stroked, and launch frenzied attacks on feather toys. He will reply to human speak with loud meows and has lived with children in the past with no issues. He is a sweet, gentle boy who needs to feel the love and security of a family in order to be confident and happy.
Alberto came to our attention after several concerned people encountered him wandering their gardens, filthy and desperate for food during the bitter winter months. He is currently being cared for by a kind person who, although not in a position to keep him long-term, felt compelled to spare this gentle cat from the daily hunger and suffering made inevitable by a life on the streets. He is an extremely sweet boy of around six years of age, with a friendly, sociable temperament and a gratitude for life's simple pleasures - a warm lap, a full bowl, a garden to roam - all of which have been absent in the difficult past weeks of his life. He is appreciative of both feline and human company, and could likely be homed happily with another cat. Since we are completely dependent on support from the public to rescue cats like Alberto, he is due to join us at the sanctuary once we have secured some space and funding for him - or ideally, once we have found someone wonderful to adopt him. So if you could find a place for Alberto in your heart and your home you would not only be gaining a loving companion but also doing something wonderful; you'd be making a truly positive difference to a cats life.
Amber has arrived at Catcuddles via a string of unsuitable homes. She was rescued and brought to us by a keen supporter of Catcuddles. Amber was born on the street of Cairo, Egypt where a young girl tried to keep her as a pet - her father would not allow it and gave the kitten to an animal shelter. This Egyptian shelter turned out to be poorly run and the future looked bleak for Amber. She is one of the lucky few animals to survive that shelter as she was starved and denied water for weeks before being rescued. Thankfully said shelter has now been closed.
When our supporter rescued Amber she was in a poor physical and mental state but has now been nursed back to full health and seems no worse for her tragic experiences. Our kindly supporter fundraised in order to bring Amber to the UK where she would be more likely to find a forever home. She was then homed alongside Loki to an English family but the resident cats would not accept the new additions so Amber has now arrived at Catcuddles where we are certain to find her a home which is nothing short of 100% perfect!
Calico girl, Amber is 1-2 years old and stunning, inside and out. She is very playful and loves to run around either hunting her toys or playing with other cats, she's a tough cookie and does enjoy some rough and tumble with her friends. She would be homed as a companion to an equally high energy young cat. Amber is bold and confident and will certainly intimidate shy and reserved cats. She can happily be a lap cat once she's looking for a spot to rest, by the way.
Amber would be a good addition to a family that can give her time and space and would live with children well. It would be great if there was someone home part of the day to spend time with her., or someone working from home. Amber will need to be with a family who are willing to cat proof their garden as she must have access to the outdoors but does not have the street savvy to be allowed access to streets with traffic. She is active, curious and adventurous so we cannot take chances. Alternatively, a rural location, or very quiet semi-rural spot away from busy roads would be just as safe.
This little gem is going to be a Big character and a fantastic feline companion to the right home.
Gloria is yet another cat that CatCuddles rushed to accommodate during the festive period, after she was found dumped in the stairwell of a housing block just days before Christmas. Small-framed and only around one year old, she would not have fared long in the freezing weather.
Having been removed from this terrible and dangerous predicament, Gloria is ready for her new life to begin. We believe that she is very versatile in regards to where she could be homed happily and will consider for her environments that have older children, garden access or that are indoor-only. She enjoys strokes and play and alternates between being an attentive companion and an independent girl capable of occupying herself. Most likely due to her rocky start in life, attention can sometimes overwhelm and over-excite Gloria and cause her to play somewhat roughly; but this is a problem easily rectified and our experienced team can guide any adopter through it.
Her last owner was undeserving of her companionship and let her down in the most unforgivable way. But now an opportunity is open for a worthy someone to take the lovely Gloria into their heart and home.
At Catcuddles we not only rehome unwanted pets but also do a lot of work rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming stray and abandoned cats. Here is a wonderful senior boy who is being fed by a local supporter of the charity. Peter is due to join us once we have secured some funding and space for him. We have already started on his vet care (neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, flea and worming treatment etc).
Peter is a friendly stray who is currently being cared for by local supporters in Charlton. He is a lovely boy of 6 + years who is calm and gentle through and through. With the weather increasingly harsh and freezing, we are desperate to get him off the streets, where he is completely at it's mercy. This sweet soul wants for very little in life, a regular meal and somewhere warm to rest. All you'll need to offer is a quiet, calm home environment lots of time for cuddles. Indoor-only spaces will be considered for this undemanding boy.
We are always fundraising so that we can rescue more abandoned cats - each one costs us in excess of ?150 in vet care, and upkeep so even if you cannot offer a home, a small donation will help with our continued street cat work.
Olivia is from a family of cats and kittens that we at CatCuddles have come to know as the 'Belvedere 5'.
A young man living in the Belvedere area had allowed his two female cats to roam outside unneutered, and as is inevitable, they had multiplied. Unexpectedly, and in part due to his large number of cats, he was ousted from his flat share and, along with the 5, made homeless. He put the entire feline family into a dog crate, placed the crate in a supermarket trolley, and came, of course, to CatCuddles.
Already full and with a long waiting list, it was very difficult for us to accommodate this entirely unprecedented and rather large admission of cats, both financially and in regards to space. However, the the sight of them trembling on the pavement in their crate was enough to prompt our immediate action, and this is how the Belvedere 5 - and Olivia - came to be apart of the CatCuddles Sanctuary.
Their far from ideal start in life has unsurprisingly, left all of the family with some issues when it comes to interacting with people. They do not understand the intentions of the humans that approach them, and this can manifest in fear and defensiveness. During their time at CatCuddles however, all 5 have all made great progress in overcoming this, and Olivia in particular will become a changed cat in the presence of a calm person armed with treats and a gentle hand, and has already shown that she can bond with our volunteers. She simply needs someone to show her that her defensiveness is not necessary, that we people do not offer harm but food and affection. Those inexperienced in cat socialization may be unable to see the wonderful companion that she could become with a little patience and work, and so we are looking for someone with a mature, knowledgeable and undemanding approach to cat care to adopt her. She would do best in an adult-only home, and we would consider both indoor-only environments and those with garden access.
It is our greatest hope that one day, the image of her trembling in a dog crate on our doorstep will be replaced with the image of her happy and content in her new loving home.
One year old Roguie is a relative of Olivia and another member of the 'Belvedere 5'. Like much of her family she has some socialization issues and can sometimes exhibit defensive or fearful behaviour in the presence of people. It takes time to gain her trust, and her new owners will need to be well-versed in cat care, able to offer both an adult only home and patience and dedication in drawing her out of her shell. Her issues are symptoms of an unfortunate start in life, with improper attention paid to her behavioural and social needs; she has been failed by people and is now owed the opportunity to become the happy and well-adjusted cat she should always have been. She has already made huge headway in overcoming some of her fears about human contact, allowing herself to enjoy the company of our volunteers, and their strokes and treat giving. She can be swayed by both food and toys and these will be very effective tools for her new owners in teaching her to trust. She stands out for being somewhat feisty, but also protective and nurturing toward her family, giving a clue to her true loyal nature and big character. We will consider indoor-only homes for her, and are certain she will thrive under the care of anyone willing to offer her love.
Nori is a typical mischievous Tomcat, a big-charactered 5 year old boy who likes to roam and keep watch over his territory. Unfortunately this tendency landed him in some trouble in his previous home, as he got into spats with neighboring cats. This is something that his new owners will need to be mindful of, and he is best placed perhaps in a home with a spacious cat proofed garden.
Friendly and outgoing, Nori is far more accepting of human company, even that of young children - he has proven to be a wonderfully patient companion for kids in the past. If feeling unappreciative of their loud play, he will simply remove himself from the situation - and all cats must be allowed this option when interacting with children. He is inquisitive and active, capable of occupying himself whilst also enjoying and seeking out affection. For anyone willing to offer him a home, a life with Nori in it promises to be little brighter and a little more interesting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Molly would love to meet you!
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.