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!
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 :-)
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.
Lubow is a 9 year old Norwegian Forest cat who has quickly become the sanctuaries teddy bear. He will climb on the first available lap and allow himself to be stroked all over, purring fit to bust. In his previous home he had an adventurous streak to compliment his friendly one, loving to explore the garden throughout the day, stalking through grass and chasing imagined prey, only to return in the evening and curl up on the sofa alongside his human companion. He will need a garden in his new home, and as he is a pedigree it will need to be extra safe and in a good location.
Lubow is quite simply a lovely, wonderful boy, with fantastic qualities. Anyone would be lucky to share their home with this fluffy character.
Gentle Wooster had been spotted several times socializing with neighboring cats around the sanctuary site, leading the CatCuddles team to investigate whether he was an owned cat or a stray. Collarless and with a fairly thin frame, we discovered him sitting in the rain in a neighboring garden one evening, and after setting up a trap and bringing him into the sanctuary, learned that he had no microchip and a ravenous appetite, indicating that he was indeed homeless.
After having him neutered, we're now looking for a home where Wooster need never go hungry nor be shelter-less in the rain again. He is a truly sweet, gentle soul who is very shy at present, but our volunteers expect to draw him out of his shell in upcoming weeks with plenty of love and kindness. He will need a gentle but persistent touch, someone that he can sit with to enjoy quiet and calm strokes, and really open up to. He is also great with other cats so could be homed as a companion to another feline. He truly is a gentle, sweet natured soul who just needs to be given a chance by someone.
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 :-)
This is Chewie, a beautiful and very big silver Tabby boy of 9 years old. Well-loved for the duration of his life, Chewie's family were emigrating and didn't want to subject him to this upheaval, and so decided to rehome him through CatCuddles. We're now looking for a fresh start for him, in an indoor-only home where this love can be continued for the rest of his days.
Initially shy when meeting strangers, Chewie responds best to those who introduce themselves calmly and quietly, allowing him to approach on his own terms. With his 9 years doing little to abate his energy, Chewie has little eruptions of activity and a good way to win him over is through toys and interactive games. Once he has warmed up to someone, he becomes sociable and affectionate. For the large part, he is a laid-back boy who loves to lounge around the house under radiators and on comfy furniture, and who wouldn't want this gorgeous streak of silver brightening up their home - and lives.
This ginger beauty is the 1 year old Henry. Having been rehomed repeatedly throughout his young life, Henry is struggling a little with the many changes that he has suddenly been faced with. As a result, he takes some time to warm to new people, and can startle easily and show wariness.
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, snuggling alongside his human companion, and we know Henry is capable of becoming that cat again, if offered stability and consistency in a permanent home, with a patient and knowledgeable someone willing to work with him through his uncertainty.
When cats have difficulty socializing, this is invariably the result of the treatment that they have received from humans throughout their life, and so at CatCuddles we believe they are owed the opportunity to overcome their issues.
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.
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, the result of spending much of her first year of life alone on the streets. 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.
This is Bartholomew, an approximately 1 year old, sleek black boy sporting the look of a pirate and an active, engaging personality. He has just the one eye but this hinders him little - Bartholomew has overcome an unbelievable amount of hardship in his young life, and has done so with a fighting spirit. He is sociable, energetic and playful, a typical rambunctious young boy who is interested in everything, especially toys and treats, but he does have his shy moments, attributable to his turbulent start in life.
Bartholomew's presence at the sanctuary is the result of an intensive rescue operation by CatCuddles, who entered a cat hoarding situation in Stevenage, where 27 cats had been breeding unfettered in increasingly poor conditions, to collect 12 cats and help with the rehoming and neutering of those remaining. Bartholomew, alongside his 12 relations, (referred to by our volunteer team as 'The Gorgeous 12'), are now available for adoption at CatCuddles, though it has required a huge investment of time and funds to get to this point, as each cat was traumatized and in very poor health, requiring extensive socialization and veterinary care.
Although Bartholomew was among the cats most used to human contact, his physical condition, specifically his eye, was in particular need of attention. After an operation to remove the severely impacted eye, and general vet care, good quality food and even better quality care, Bartholemow is healing physically and emotionally, and is ready, we feel, to have the home that he has always deserved.
Like Bartholomew, Grayson & co., Hudson is a member of the 'Gorgeous 12', a family of cats all rescued by CatCuddles from a hoarder scenario. These cats are very traumatized by the extremely stressful situation they have been subjected to, and haven't had sufficient human attention throughout their life. Beautiful blue boy Hudson is no exception; shy and unsure, he is prone to hiding from visitors, and anxiety is often apparent in those glowing yellow and orange eyes of his when in the presence of a human. But he is learning - treated with only kindness and patience by our volunteers, Hudson has begun to realize that people mean no harm, and the ones at CatCuddles simply want to give him chin scratches and treats! He will of course need patience, perseverance and a very knowledgeable adopter - someone who will tackle his anxiety issues head on and continue the process started at CatCuddles of breaking down his defenses and teaching him to love - and be loved. Like all of his siblings, Hudson is absolutely deserving of this - cats are only fearful because of how humans have treated them in the past, and so it is up to humans to rectify their fear. And we can promise that there is nothing more rewarding than the day you get that first purr. Perhaps you be the one to get the sweet young Hudson purring?
This is Skylar, a shy girl who is beginning to find her courage and open up to CatCuddles volunteers. Along with her relations, referred to as the 'Gorgeous 12', Skylar was rescued from a home that was densely over-crowded with cats, and didn't get much opportunity for one-on-one attention. This is why she is quite shy and tentative, though gentle nevertheless, and needs a bit of understanding and patience. She is a quirky character - prone to sudden random bouts of floor rolling! - and like many of her family members, is very small for her 1 years, with a pixie-ish face. In the right home, we believe that Skylar would progress very quickly toward overcoming her past, becoming a well-adjusted and loving companion cat. She is a bright spark with lots of potential.
Ezra is another member of the feline clan that we at CatCuddles have come to call the 'Gorgeous 12', all rescued from poor conditions in a cat hoarding environment.
In his previous situation, living in close proximity to over 20 other cats, Ezra had little opportunity to receive the human attention that he needed, and as a result he is quite a shy boy. Our volunteers have been working to build his confidence but he will need someone with an understanding outlook, happy to continue the good work of CatCuddles volunteers by spending lots of time with him, being gentle and patient all the while.
Nathaniel is another of the 'Gorgeous 12'; a group of 12 cats rescued by CatCuddles from a desperate hoarder situation in Stevenage. All 12 came to us filthy, terrified and underweight, and we have worked very hard restoring their emotional and physical health to ready them for adoption. That day has now come and we are looking for wonderful, loving environments for all of these cats.
The capacity of animals to forgive is astounding, and sweet-hearted young Nathaniel has always stood out among the 12 as exceptionally sociable considering all he has been through. Although understandably shy, Nathaniel has moments where he surrenders himself fully to strokes and human companionship. He has huge potential.
Nathaniel's story does not have a happy beginning. But with the right home, it can have a happy ending.
Please meet Grayson, so-called because of his beautiful blue and grey coat. His face, distinctive and offset by a pair of vivid amber eyes, is full of expression, perhaps betraying the sadness of his past. Grayson is a member of a clan known to CatCuddles volunteers as the 'Gorgeous 12'; all removed from a home that had descended into hoarding, they were over-crowded to a desperate extent and living in rapidly deteriorating conditions. Today they are moving away from this past, having made progress in terms of their health and their ability to trust humans - all were traumatized when they first arrived. Grayson is a little shy and timid, and he needs to be approached quietly and calmly. Once he has gotten to know someone he relaxes and allows himself to enjoy strokes, and he loves treats, to play and lay in the sunshine. His adopter will need to be understanding, someone with a big heart who wants to help a cat who has been through so much to heal and grow.
Little caramel-cream coloured Easton of the 'Gorgeous 12' is currently a very timid boy. Still recovering psychologically from the stress and clamor of the environment that CatCuddles rescued him from - where 27 cats competed for survival in a single home - Easton can sometimes be defensive if he feels overwhelmed in a situation. It's going to take someone with a rescuers heart to bring Easton back from the fearful place to which he's retreated, a process which our volunteers have already begun, that will need to reach it's climax in his forever home. The results wrought by kindness and patience are already immediately apparent in Easton; where he had an air of defeat previously, now he lays in the sunshine, wrestles with his brothers, and gorges himself happily on the high-quality CatCuddles diet, gaining much needed weight and strength. Like all of the cats that share his origins, he will need an experienced adopter with a hands-on, confident attitude, and a lot of love to spare.
This is Charlise, a roughly one year old girl with an unusual coat - all grey and speckled with tan - and an arresting gaze. Like much of her family at the sanctuary, referred to by CatCuddles volunteers as 'The Gorgeous 12', Charlise is small for her age and is very shy, the result of being rescued from a cat hoarder situation. With treats and gentle coaxing she is able to relax, but her adopter will need to be patient and consistent in spending time with her, to make her more used to human contact and earn her trust. In the residence from which she came, Charlise lived with a total of 27 cats - not allowing much opportunity for her to get the individual attention that every young cat needs. This is why she is now in need of a little help from a caring, understanding someone, in order the become the happy, laid-back cat that she should always have been - and lots of one-on-one attention to compensate for all she has missed out on.
Estrella shows such tenderness toward the feline clan that surround her - grooming and mothering them, she clearly has a lot of love to give. Her ability to show that love to humans has been hindered somewhat by the hardship that she's faced - rescued alongside 11 of her relations from a cat hoarder, Estrella never received a lot of human interaction and has become shy around people as a result. To lose this shyness and reveal the caring, friendly cat underneath, Estrella needs to experience the love and stability of a forever home, where she will learn, day-by-day, that she is in safe hands now, and need not fear people anymore. Still so young at roughly 1 year old, if given a bit of patience and understanding, her potential is huge.
We suspect that tuxedo girl Celeste is hiding a daredevil under her shy exterior, and that once she can let go of her in lingering fear - the result of growing up in a hoarder situation - she will reveal herself as a bold and inquisitive feline adventurer.
To get to that point, as with all of her family at CatCuddles, nicknamed 'The Gorgeous 12', she will need a lot of time and patience, and the best place for her to receive such loving treatment is in a forever home. She is a very energetic lady who is great with the cats that she co-exists with and is an avid appreciator of treats. If she can just overcome her shyness, she will be a typical raucous and curious young cat.
Salma is a stunning tortie girl who is currently co-habituating with her equally gorgeous cousins, sisters and relations at CatCuddles, after we rescued 12 cats from a single residence that had descended into hoarding. She is very shy indeed and being quite gentle at heart, prefers to hide rather than confront, so will require a lot of rehabilitation by our volunteers and ultimately, by an adopter. It's very heart warming to us the progress she has already made - going from a despondent, defeated cat to a blossoming young lady bathing in the sunshine pouring into her suite at CatCuddles. The person lucky enough to see her full transformation from shy to confident, will be very lucky indeed - there's nothing more rewarding than changing a life.
This plucky senior lady is Cleo, looking to start life over at 11 years old.
It's especially sad to us when a senior cat faces instability and stress in their life, as Cleo has in recent years. After her owner passed away, a kind person stepped in to care for Cleo, but was unfortunately unable to offer her the attention that she needed, leading to Cleo to becoming lonely and frustrated. It was decided that Cleo needed a fresh start elsewhere and CatCuddles stepped into help.
Despite being an older girl, Cleo still has lots of spark. She has the best qualities of a senior cat, being relaxed and laid-back, however she is also very outgoing, chatty and inquisitive - the only time Cleo shows any shyness is when she hears the vacuum cleaner! With little bursts of energy throughout the day and a keen instinct for hunting dangly toys, Cleo is a senior feline who overflows with character and life. She is a little plump at present and her weight will need to be kept under control with special low-calorie food - we're looking for a home where she can over-indulge on cuddles and strokes, instead of treats!
The beautiful emerald-eyed Mia came to be a CatCuddles resident after becoming frustrated in her previous home, having a lot of youthful energy but no access to an outdoor space. She is just one year old and is chock full of potential, being active, sociable and playful, whilst having her indepdent moments and being capable of entertaining herself. She's going to make a wonderful companion for someone.
Mia's frustration in her former home led to her developing stress-induced cystitis, so it's very important that her new adopters can offer her lots of love and attention and a safe garden environment to burn off any excess energy. Little Mia is a sweetie pie who loves to nudge you with her nose and enjoy a good grooming, and we don't expect it to take long for her to win over the right adopter.
Sardinia is beloved among our volunteer team as she is such a wonderful, friendly and attention-loving girl who has been with us at CatCuddles since giving birth to her six babies, the sanctuaries first litter of 2015.
Now that Sardinia's kittens all have wonderful adopters lined up, Sardinia, too, can finally find somewhere to call home permanently. She is approximately 1 - 2 years old and is a bold, confident character who pines for companionship - she loves to clamber onto a lap for strokes and can be quite chatty.
Living as a stray previously and rushed into our care just in time to deliver, Sardinia is long overdue a good home, and someone to care her as she has so lovingly cared for her own babies.
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?
A collaboration between CatCuddles and some kindhearted locals led to the rescue of Casablanca (Tabby & White)and Rita (Tan Tabby), two stunningly striped ladies who had been living on the streets of London for well over a year. We'd prefer that they were adopted together, but will consider homing them individually, as companions to another cat, if a wonderful offer comes up.
Having spent their entire lives without homes, this pair are very confused by their sudden change in surroundings, though certainly grateful for their warm blankets and regular meals. They've had limited contact with people and so are understandably very timid and scared in human company, allowing themselves to be stroked when approached by someone with a calm and gentle energy, but still being visibly anxious and feeling more comfortable when they can hide. They're going to need an adopter who is dedicated to earning their trust - someone who isn't just looking for a cat, but also looking to help a cat. Our volunteers will work tirelessly at socializing them, but ultimately their full transformation to well-adjusted, happy feline companions, will need to take place in a loving home.
Kitten season is the period between spring and autumn in which animal shelters are flooded with unwanted, abandoned or stray litters of kittens. This time is now upon us at CatCuddles and we have several litters available for adoption, and expect to have many more consistently in upcoming months. Very special consideration is needed when homing kittens, as their adorable good looks can lead people to adopting regardless of whether they can offer a suitable environment.
Kittens require huge amounts of attention, stimulation and guidance, and if you are contemplating welcoming one into your home, please first ensure that you can offer them the time that they need, and be aware that a young cat is potentially a 20 year commitment.
Because of their need for large amounts of company and stimulation, we do not place kittens in any home where they will regularly be left for over 4 hours a day, or where they will not have access to a garden once they are old enough to venture outside. We also prefer to home kittens in pairs or as companions to another cat, unless someone can be home with them for the majority of the day. All kittens that leave us do so on contractual obligation of future neutering, as the huge amount of homeless kittens that we see every year are the tragic result of a widespread failure to neuter.
For those able to meet their needs, kittens are a joy and a wonder, absolutely adorable and wanting nothing more than to play and be loved. If you think that you can offer one of CatCuddles beautiful kittens the right home, please get in touch.
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.
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 email@example.com. Molly would love to meet you!