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Adopt A Cat   last updated - 23rd Jan 2017

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! 

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. 

Tuttie & Fruittie

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.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • Street savvy

Gina - a special home needed

Gina came to us as an extremely shy cat, exhibiting some of the behaviour of a feral cat, often hiding or fleeing from people and being scared to be touched. She is currently in an experienced foster home where she is gradually being rehabilitated and has come a long way already. She will still not stay still to be stroked, but will feed from a hand, which is a huge improvement, and is happy to play with string and spend time with humans on her terms.She also appears to interact well with other cats and enjoy their company.

It is still going to take time and only in the long-term, in a forever home, will we see a full transformation.

Gina is going to need a very special adult-only home with experienced adopters who are understanding, open minded, and out to change a life. A rural home may be ideal for her with eventual access to a safe outdoor space for her to explore.

She may never be a cuddly 'lap cat', but like with most cats that come to know the kindness of humans late in life, once the trust and the bond are forged, you will be having a loyal friend for life.



 
  • Shy
  • Challenging behaviour
  • For experienced homes
  • Special needs cat

Spanner & Sprocket

Spanner (black, male) & Sprocket (tabby, female) are 6 month old kittens who came to us very tiny and very frightened. They had been born on the streets to a stray mother, and had never had any contact with humans before their arrival at Catcuddles. Our volunteers had to earn their trust very gradually and through lots of one-on-one contact, stroking them and handling them until they learned to like it!

Today they are vastly different kittens than the small, frightened bundles first encountered by our volunteers, though they are still easily startled and take time to trust new people - they still have a little further to go when it comes to trusting people. Once they have become well acquainted with someone, they are very affectionate, with Spanner in particular loving cuddles and lounging on laps. When his sister is being stroked, he will compete for attention, even sitting on top of her to make sure he takes centre stage! Sprocket on the other hand we feel has a more independent nature; she's a clever girl who is also a big purrer.

They will need an experienced adopter who is willing to continue their socialization, handling and touching them as much as possible and not allowing them to hide away from interaction. They may be shy and unsure at first but will gradually emerge from their shells as they have done with our volunteers. They have the potential to become incredibly loving, affectionate companion cats, and they are already on this road, though they may always be a little bit shy. We hope there is someone out there who is willing to change their lives.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • For experienced homes
  • Good with cats

Totos, an arms' length cat for the most accepting cat lover

Totos is in need of a special, understanding home, somewhere where he can do his own thing without people expecting him to like them. He is not convinced we have anything to offer that he appreciates, except for food. Alternativey, a safe countryside setting where he can potter about safely and be back indoors (sheltered and fed), with no danger from busy roads may also be a good option for Totos. He will ideally have access to a house via a cat flap, but will likely spend much of his time at arm's length. We need to stress that though young Totos is fine with other cats and dogs that he lives with, he is unsure and afraid of people, meaning he tends to develop relationships with them only from a distance.

Initially vary fearful of strangers, he will gradually learn to trust them, seeming to tolerate and even accept their company, but he is unlikely to ever become fully comfortable with being touched and stroked. This is the result of being born on the streets, and having traumatic early experiences with people in his early months of life, at an age that is pivotal for socialisation.

Totos should not be deprived of a home because of this awful start in life. We hope there is an understanding person or family out there who is able to offer him the right environment and is willing to change his life. He is too young at 18 months to be branded "unadoptable".



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy
  • Challenging behaviour
  • For experienced homes
  • Good with cats

Alice Paul

Stunning 15 year old Tortie Alice Paul is a new arrival and a lovely one at that! She's very affectionate, friendly and loving, and we don't expect her to be with us too long. Though she is a senior cat, she still has plenty of spark and is very interactive and interested in people, though she is also easy going and fond of lounging in cosy spots. She has a funny 'mohawk' on her back that our volunteers are fond of; a patch of fur that is prone to sticking straight up!

Alice is looking for a peaceful, adult only retirement home with a laid back pace to match her laid back nature. She could be happy in a home with outside space or in a spacious indoor home, perhaps with access to a cat proofed terrace or balcony.

Alice does have pancreatitis, a condition that is fairly common is senior cats and that is managed with daily medication, and she's a little on the tubby side. This is not unusual for her a cat her age and does not hinder her quality of life or her friendly personality.



 
  • Senior 10+
  • Sociable

Della & Gracia

Della (short-haired, three legs) and Gracia (long-haired) are a rambunctious pair of 9 month old boys who could not be more loving or affectionate. They are perpetually hungry for attention and fuss, and it's impossible to resist giving them what they want! They love to sit on laps, to be held and cuddled, to have their fluffy stomachs stroked and to climb onto our volunteers shoulders. They are both very energetic and though Della is missing a leg, this does not hinder his mobility at all - he zooms around!

We'd ideally like Della and Garcia to be homed together and to a family who are often home and therefore able to offer them the attention that they so crave. Because of Della's mild disability but high energy level, the pair will also either need an extremely safe garden in a quiet location or a very spacious indoor only home. Whoever takes this beautiful duo home will be very lucky indeed; they are the friendliest cats imaginable.



 
  • Sociable
  • Good with cats
  • Indoor only

Jonty

3 year old Jonty is a cheeky tom cat with huge white whiskers and an adventurous streak. He is confident around new people and does not hesitate to greet them, allowing himself to be stroked all over and particularly enjoying having his chin scratched. He's sociable and full of character.

Sadly, Jonty was discovered living as a stray, and he can't seem to believe his luck at being rescued; he enjoys dozing under his heater and eats everything that is given to him with tremendous gratitude and enthusiasm. And though he very much enjoys these home comforts, he is also active and interested in everything and would enjoy a garden to lord over in his new home.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Street savvy

Gretchen & Duchess - RESERVED

Duchess (long-haired) and Gretchen (short-haired) are two pretty tabby ladies who are looking for a home together.

Though the pair are both friendly and very eager to greet our volunteers in the morning, Duchess is more confident than her sister, purring like an engine the moment she meets someone.

Gretchen takes a little longer to become acquainted with new people, but earning her trust is well worth the time. One thing we love about her is that she often looks as if she is smiling - she has the most contented facial expression. Perhaps this is because she is grateful to be safe, warm and fed, as sadly these sweet cats were living as strays before coming to CatCuddles, and were deprived of these basic things. They were likely abandoned early in their lives, and a kind individual fed and watched over them for several years before bringing them to CatCuddles.

Duchess and Gretchen will need a home with some outside space. Being new arrivals, we will have more information on them in upcoming weeks.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Street savvy

Kurt Russell - RESERVED

Kurt Russell was a stray before coming to CatCuddles, most likely after being abandoned. He is purry and friendly but also a little timid and unsure, the result we feel of being left alone on the streets at such a young age - we believe he's around 2 years old. He obviously craved human company during this bleak time as he sought it out, finding his way into a back garden. He is a very handsome boy with a vibrant coat, and he has grown in confidence since his arrival, as he tentatively learns to trust our volunteers. He will now shyly approach them, sometimes winding around their legs, but will become a little jumpy when being touched for the first time, before gradually relaxing. We expect he will become increasingly more comfortable around people in upcoming weeks, though a secure, loving home will embolden him like nothing else. He is looking for an indoor only home.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Shy
  • Indoor only

Poppy & Cookie (Cookie RESERVED)

We're still getting to know new arrivals Poppy (Tabby & White, 12) and Cookie (B & W, 11), two shy but friendly girls who are ideally looking for a home together.

Though both girls can be initially shy with new people, they become braver as they get to know someone, allowing themselves to be stroked and fussed over. Cookie in particular is quite timid, but underneath she actually craves love and attention - in her former home she would climb on laps and follow her human companions around, she simply needs to feel comfortable with someone before she can reveal her full, loving personality. Poppy is more of an adventurer, she is inquisitive and interested in everything and loves roaming around outside in all weather.

We will have more information on the girls in upcoming weeks.



 
  • Senior 10+
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Shy

Annie

2 year old Calico girl Annie has just arrived at CatCuddles, and we will have more information on her as we get to know her in upcoming weeks.

However it's already very obvious to us that she's a friendly, laid-back girl who could potentially share her home with another cat, including Oscar, who is also up for adoption at CatCuddles.
Annie is so lovely and gentle that we feel she will also react well to children, providing they're kind to her and treat her with respect. She really is a wonderful cat who is easy to love. She will need some outside access in her new home.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Good with cats
  • Good with children

Oscar

2 year old Oscar is a very friendly, laid back chap. He has recently arrived at CatCuddles and our team are still learning about him, though it's clear that he's a lovely, gentle boy who is capable of befriending both people and other felines - he could happily be a companion to another cat, or could be adopted as a pair with Anne.
Oscar will need some outside space in his new home, as he enjoys mooching around the garden, especially in the summer months. We will have more information soon on this young, sweet boy.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Good with cats

Needed - Homes in Rural Locations!

Kittens 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.



 
  • Shy
  • Special needs cat
  • Good with cats

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 £90 and £125 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.

    A note on Neutering, the most important activity of any cat charity 


    We are happy to accept donations of any size that will be stipulated specifically to neuter stray and unwanted cats.

    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 within the Borough of Greenwich. 

     

     
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