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!
At least 20 kittens at Catcuddles are here looking for their forever homes...
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 wanting to adopt 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.
1 year old Marta is a live wire and always makes our volunteers laugh. She is vocal, playful and interactive, and a tiny bit nuts! She is an absolute character and for anyone lucky enough to adopt her, life would be much more interesting.
Being so full of life and friendliness, you would never guess that Marta had such a rough start in life. She came to us with three kittens, and getting the feline family into the safety of the sanctuary was no easy task for our volunteers - as, in an attempt to shield her babies from danger, Marta had created a home for them inside a fox burrow. Complicating things even further was the location of the burrow, which was dug into the base of a block of flats. It was completely unreachable. It took a total of eight attempts - which consisted of setting up traps around the borrow and simply waiting for several hours - to finally get all four safely settled at CatCuddles. Work that will be absolutely worth it once Marta and her babies are all adopted into forever, loving homes. Marta, like her kittens, will need access to a safe garden in her new home.
Considering how difficult it was to get Marta into the sanctuary, she seems remarkably happy to be there now! Free at last of the burden of caring for both herself and her offspring in a dangerous and harsh environment, Marta can finally enjoy being young, loved and fed. We are quite saddened by how long she has been with us, suspecting that it is because of her all black fur, as black cats are often overlooked in shelter environments. To us Marta is stunning, a silky black panther, and besides, the best adopters will choose a cat based on personality, rather than looks, and Marta is absolutely overflowing with personality! Anyone willing to delve a little deeper could not help being enchanted with this girl, full of character, energy and potential.
This is Skylar, a very 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 she didn't get much opportunity for one-on-one attention. For this reason she is shy and tentative and often runs from new people, and she will need a lot of understanding and patience from an adopter. 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. She will need to be homed in a pair, with one of her relations.
In the right home, we believe that Skylar would overcome her past, becoming a well-adjusted and loving companion cat. She is a bright spark with lots of potential.
The beautiful Irene is 5 years old and moved into CatCuddles after her owner was very sadly evicted. The transition has been a little tough on her and she was a bit unsettled at first and wary of new people, but with a lot of love from our volunteers we expect that a transformation will be on the cards.
In her former home, she was an independent girl who formed a strong attachment to her human companion, and had very little time for anyone else but her beloved owner! She very much loves being groomed and seems to absolutely relish treats and her food, despite her small frame. While we expect that she will soon settle and find comfort in the company of her new human, she would be best suited to someone who is experienced and very adept at winning over cats, in an adult only home that is not put off by the odd hiss! We have no doubt that Irene is well worth winning over, she is full of spark and has among the most striking eyes we've ever seen.
A garden and safe outside are will be a must for the new home, to give her a chance to stretch her legs every day and spend some of her energy exploring.
Special boy Tibsy is 13 months old and full of youthful energy and pep. He lost his front leg and tail in an unknown accident - returning home injured - but this seems to hinder him little as he loves to chase balls, wrestle toys and hunt butterflies in the garden.
He requires lots of stimulation as without it his high energy level can tip over into boisterousness, and so will need to be in a home with responsible teenage children or adults only, and have access to a very safe garden environment. His at times rough play needs to be kept in check; the CatCuddles behavioral team can advise on how best to do this.
Having socialized with neighborhood cats in his former home, Tibsy shows potential as a companion cat, and could be homed with other felines with similar bold and dominant personalities. He is a special boy who would benefit from a home that offers lots of stimulation and play.
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, dedication and patience, and the best place for her to receive such loving treatment is in a forever home. At present Celeste can flee from new people and is unsure about being stroked, and prospective adopters need to be prepared to work with her. She is a very energetic young lady who is great with the cats that she co-exists with, and so would be happiest adopted alongside one of them, and if she can just overcome her shyness, she will be a typical raucous and curious young cat.
Anyanka is another of our beautiful mother cats who will need a loving home after her four kittens are adopted. She first came into the care of CatCuddles when we received a call from a very concerned member of the public, who informed our volunteer that she was giving birth - in an outdoor storage box! We rushed her to the sanctuary where she could deliver her babies safely, and in the first days of her stay she guarded them carefully and regarded us with uncertainty. This melted away within a few weeks of strokes and affection from our volunteers, as soon as Anyanka realised that she was safe and loved at CatCuddles - having lived as a stray for an untold amount of time, this was likely a new feeling for her. We are now looking for a caring, dedicated adopter for her, who can continue that love for the rest of her days. She is stunning and sweet and keeps our volunteers entertained with little chirrups and meows; she loves head scratches and a lucky person may even get a glimpse of her fluffy belly, as she rolls on her back to reveal it when enjoying strokes. She will need a home with access to a safe garden.
Penny (Tabby & White), Lisbon (All black), Cleo (White & Black) & Matilda (Black and White), are four beautiful 12 week old girls who are looking for homes in pairs.
They will need access to a safe garden environment once they are of age and adopters who realise that kittens, though adorable, can be lots of work! Their adopters will need to be home for much of the day, and able to devote lots of time to stimulating them with love and play. They are all energetic, playful and of course very, very sweet.
Lolita is a six month old girl who was found wandering the streets - she may have become lost, or may have simply been abandoned.
She is a typical kitten, friendly, inquisitive and playful, and she has a gentle nature. She could share a home happily with another similarly sweet-natured cat, particularly one of a similar age who would make a wonderful playmate for her.
She will need access to a safe garden environment in her new home, and will need to be provided with an abundance of warmth and love to help heal the hardship that she has seen so early in her life. No kitten should be on the streets, so lets see Lolita in a forever loving home.
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.
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 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. He can be a little fearful when meeting new people, and needs to be treated with a little understanding.
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. We would love for him to be homed alongside one of his family members, as all are close and extremely used to sharing their homes with other cats.
Monochrome beauty Mischief is six years old and is a very friendly, human orientated cat. She can be a little bit shy when she meets new people but is always sweet and placid and always accepts strokes. With kind, patient people, she gains her confidence quickly.
To the dismay of our team Mischief's previous adoption fell through. She has now waited far too long for a forever home and so we are seeking out the perfect adopter for her, someone able to offer her stability and love for the rest of her long life. She will need access to an outdoor space as she enjoys having a garden to roam and watch over, and could likely share an home with another gentle-natured cat. At six she still has lots of energy, though as you can see from her picture she is also partial to lounging around the house! She's an overall easy-going, sociable girl who has waited to long for a family able to offer her forever.
13 year old Henry Sr is highly sociable though also independent, and laid-back though not without his energetic moments. He is a very balanced, confident, and well adjusted boy who is also fit and healthy for his 13 years, a simply perfect senior who could be homed in a spacious indoor-only environment or somewhere with access to a safe garden. He is comfortable with new people and not particularly shy, and he loves lounging around the house and receiving strokes and attention in equal measures. He is a truly a rare gem of a cat, very easy to love and very generous in loving his human companions.
12 week old Art and his mum Newey were living in a weed and rubbish strewn alley for an untold amount of time before their life at CatCuddles began. Guarded by tall walls and completely inaccessible, the alley was view-able from a London office, and workers there observed the pair for many weeks, growing increasingly concerned by their living conditions and the approaching cold weather. After contacting CatCuddles, a rescue operation ensued, which was made difficult and long by the inaccessible spot. Eventually the perseverance of volunteers paid off and Art and his mum made it safely to the sanctuary, one after another.
After weeks of recovery the pair are cleaner and healthier and looking at a future in the warmth and security of a home, rather than in that dismal alley. As Art was presumably born there, he had very little opportunity to interact with people at all, so potential adopters need to understand that this is all very new to him and he is entitled to be a little scared. Nevertheless, he is making huge progress - bit by bit he is shedding his fear of our volunteers, and though he will emit the occasional hiss - hardly intimidating from such a tiny little bundle - once put on a lap he will relax, enjoy strokes, and settle enough not to try to run away and even purr. He is going to continue to improve until he is a cuddling, purring machine, if the attention and love that he receives at CatCuddles is simply continued in a forever home. His adopter will not only be offering him a home but a transformation.
Though Art and his mother have been through an awful lot together, they do not show a great deal of emotional dependence on one another now safe, nor any anxiety about being separated. For this reason we will consider homing them both as a pair and separately, though Art, due his young age and need for socialization, will require adopters who are often home and able to offer him lots of attention. He could be homed as a companion to another, friendly cat, and will need access to a safe garden environment once he is of age.
Shy, gentle Newey came to us with her baby Art, who she raised in a rubbish-cluttered alley on the busy streets of London. She is a very sweet, placid girl who though shy, enjoys strokes and attention and will come out of her shell further once in a safe and loving environment. Having lived a very difficult existence for a long time, she seems to be very appreciative of the little things, like a warm bed and full bowl, that every cat deserves at the very least. At times she looks luxuriously comfortable curled up in her bed at the sanctuary, and all the more content when she receives scratches behind her ears! She is brimming with a gentle energy.
We're looking to home Newey either individually or with her 12 week old son Art. Due to her very relaxed demeanor, if adopted on her own we will consider both a home with a garden or a spacious indoor only environment for her, possibly with access to a cat proofed terrace or balcony.
3 year old brothers Plato and Socrates may look like twins, but in reality they are in perfect contrast to one another.
Whilst Socrates is a daredevil, highly outgoing, adventurous and playful, the shy and gentle Plato would rather while away his hours gazing dreamily out of a window.
Nevertheless they are both loving, good-natured boys who are nothing but affectionate towards people, and each other. They are the best of friends - sleeping curled up together, washing one another, and engaging in the occasional wild wrestling match. They will absolutely need a home together, ideally one with access to a very safe garden.
Who wouldn't want to sit down of an evening with each of these beautiful boys by their side?
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.