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Adopt A Cat   last updated - 4th Dec 2016

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. 

Cassiopeia - RESERVED

Beautiful girl Cassiopeia - Cassie to her friends- is around a year old and has come on in leaps and bounds at Catcuddles.

We discovered this petite beauty living as a stray young mum in a back garden, struggling to protect her two kittens, which are both now happily adopted. Sadly, just a kitten herself, it was months before anyone stepped in to remove this young family from the dangers of the streets.

Cassiopeia's adopters will need to be experienced with cats, committed to Cassie and patient at the beginning, and let her come to trust her forever family over the first few weeks. The reward, as her foster mum can confirm, is a thoroughly dog-like kitty that sits by you, sleeps by you and follows you around the home for company, 24/7. Not only that but she is super friendly with cats and dogs, so long as they are friendly back.

Cassie is best suited to an adult-only home with a private garden that she can be gradually introduced to when her confidence in her new home and with her new family is well established. She is a little gem of a cat, with budding lap cat qualities waiting to be nurtured!



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable
  • For experienced homes
  • Good with cats
  • Good with dogs
  • Street savvy
  • Baby-safe

Tinkerbell, activity ball with lots of play potential!

Petite sweetheart Tinkerbell is just six months old. She is entirely black apart from a few decorative white hairs on her chest and has almond green eyes. She is extremely energetic, bright and curious, like all young cats keen to explore the wider world.

When not racing around her foster home, Tinkerbell is affectionate and purry, rolling over to offer her tummy for tickling, but she is not yet inclined to sit on a lap as she is often too busy - playing and exploring.

Tinkerbell has been introduced to kittens of a similar age in the past, but did not seem to enjoy their company very much, so it's likely that she is best suited to being the center of attention and the only cat in her new home. Being so young, she will also need adopters who can offer her plenty of time and guidance, and access to a safe outside space once she is old enough.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable

Gina - a special home needed

Gina is extremely shy and exhibits some of the behaviour of a feral cat, often hiding or fleeing from people and being scared to be touched. It's possible for her to be rehabilitated and become more comfortable and relaxed around people, and we are working at this at CatCuddles, but it's 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.
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.



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

Captain & Mittens, streetsmart and gentle pair

Captain (male, left) & Mittens (female, right) were living as strays when a kind individual discovered them and brought them to CatCuddles. We wonder if they are father and daughter, because they stuck together when homeless, and look very much alike, though Captain is a big, strapping tom cat of around five years of age and Mittens is a petite, pretty, approximately 1 year old girl.


Despite Captain's big size he is very gentle, and is actually quite timid, often hiding his face bashfully when he meets new people. He's very laid back, very appreciative of a warm bed, and very sweet. We think he was abandoned some years ago and, having had to live outside for so long, is a little bit overwhelmed by the huge change in his circumstances. We have really seen ex-stray Toms like him thrive in loving homes, becoming incredibly cuddly and friendly once they have settled, and it has dawned on them that they will never be alone, cold or hungry again.

Mittens is far less timid, a purring machine who kneads blissfully when being stroked, winds around legs and pats our volunteers with her soft paws to request attention. She is an absolute angel, so friendly and sweet, gentle and loving.

The pair are of course street smart and could adapt well to most garden set-ups. Because they've stuck together for such a long time, we'd ideally like them to be homes together. We really hope that their family of two will expand soon - they've missed out on too much love already.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Ideal first cat
  • Street savvy

Spanner & Sprocket

Spanner (black, male) & Sprocket (tabby, female) are 5 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

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
  • Sociable
  • Shy

Buttersworth and Noggin

All black boys Buttersworth and Noggin are full of joy for life.

They love to wrestle, play, explore, and be cuddled. They're rambunctious, affectionate and interested in absolutely everything.

Each kitten will require adopters who are able to offer them lots of time throughout the day and would ideally be homed in pairs, or as companions to existing cats. All will need outside access once they are of age.

These beautiful black twins are all extremely sociable and easy to love and are waiting to join their human families.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable
  • Ideal first cat
  • Good with children

Disco

We love 3 year old Disco's magnificent ginger spots and pink nose. Disco is easy going and friendly, often purring deeply at the first sight of a human. He has an explorer's spirit and enjoyed roaming the garden in his previous home, brushing shoulders amicably with neighbouring cats. Though he has an independent streak, he still very much enjoys the attention our volunteers give him, arching his back and sometimes rolling over to reveal his stomach when being fussed over. Disco has a very gentle and calm overall disposition, he'll sit quietly next to someone as they stroke him, and return from his adventures outdoors to curl up at the end of a bed or sofa, next to his human companions. Disco would be best suited to an adult only home as he prefers a quiet, easy going pace, and he'd love some outside space.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Street savvy

Totos

Totos is in need of a special outdoor home, somewhere in a rural or countryside setting where he can roam safely, with no danger of busy roads. He will need access to a house via a cat flap, but will likely spend much of his time outdoors exploring.Though Totos is great with other cats and animals, he is unsure and often afraid of people, meaning he tends to develop relationships with them only at a distance.

Though initially vary fearful of strangers, he will gradually learn to trust them, seeming to appreciate their company and edge closer and closer to them as days go by, 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 no love or care from people for his first weeks 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 out there who is able to offer him the right environment and willing to change his life.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Shy
  • Challenging behaviour
  • For experienced homes
  • Good with cats

Kozmo

Kozmo is one of several striking tabby cats currently at CatCuddles.

He is an ex stray of approximately two years old and has only recently arrived so is still settling in, but appears gentle and friendly and quite vocal! He will need a home with outside access.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Shy

Earl - RESERVED

Earl will be arriving at CatCuddles in the next week, and we will have more information on him soon. He was rescued from the streets by a supporter of the charity, and we estimate that he is around six years of age. He's capable of being very cuddly and sociable, but he was initially very shy when first taken in, so may still have a little way to go in regards to recovering from his difficult past and learning to trust people again. We will be assessing his needs in upcoming weeks, including the possibility that he would be suitable for a spacious indoor home - he seems to prefer the warmth and safety of the indoors, and who could blame him after what he's been through?



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Street savvy

Puffin - RESERVED

Six month old Puffin is hungry for love and attention, after being discovered living as a stray. Being an older kitten, all Puffin wants is to be close to people, and is happy to be held, placed on laps and stroked all over. It's very sad that such a young cat spent time on the streets, especially one who so clearly craves companionship. She is a charming, sociable and easy going cat who would be a great feline friend for anyone. She will need some outside space and lots of fuss!



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Sociable
  • Ideal first cat

Ruby - RESERVED

Ruby is a very sociable, friendly 11 year old who recently joined us. We will have more information on her soon as we assess her needs and as she settles in, but we know her to be a sweet, laid back girl who likes lounging on sofas and beds, being stroked, and playing with feather toys. She is looking for an indoor only home, ideally with access to a safe/cat-proofed balcony or terrace.



 
  • Senior 10+
  • Sociable
  • Indoor only

Panda

Panda is one of three stray kittens who arrived with us unusually late in the season and is currently about 10 weeks old. Her brother and sister are already reserved, but Panda is looking for a warm and loving home with some very safe outside space, so that she can be carefully introduced to the outside world once she is of age. We'd also love her to have a feline companion in her new home, and adopters who can offer her plenty of time - kittens need huge amounts of company and guidance. She is a stunning cat and we're looking for a new family interested in giving her the right home for her needs, rather than just because of her good looks.

Because of her stray background Panda arrived wary of people and less cuddly than an average kitten, but after some weeks with us has begin to shed this uncertainty. She now purrs like an engine when stroked, loves attacking dangly feather toys, and does not object to being picked up. Despite her less than iudeal start in life, with lots of handling in her new home she will grow into a contented, sociable cat.



 
  • Under 2 years
  • Shy

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 all the chance a happiness they were deprived of 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 to a house via a cat-flap or into 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.

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 behaviours, 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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