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Adopt A Cat   last updated - 23rd Feb 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 across our volunteer foster homes at Catcuddles. 

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 and book you in for a visit. Please note that cats are hosted across a sizeable area of SE London, so visiting your kitties of choice may require two stops! 

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

Alice Paul

15 year old Alice is a volunteer favourite. A little on the tubby side, she looks like a big tortie pudding, and likes to climb onto laps and purr like an engine. Once she is on you, good luck getting her to move!
Though she's a senior girl, Alice has a lot of spark, and is very friendly to boot. Our volunteers especially like her 'mohawk' - a strip of fur on her back that tends to stick straight up.

Alice likes to stick close to people and is fairly laid back. Lounging on the sofa next to someone is a favoured pass time for her, and she could be happy in both a spacious indoor home or one with outdoor access. Because of the extra weight she is carrying, her food intake will need to be watched in her new home, to give her the longest, healthiest life possible. She's looking for a peaceful, easy going retirement home with people who can give her lots of strokes, but not TOO many treats!



 
  • Senior 10+
  • Sociable
  • Indoor only

Mary

4 year old Mary is a sweet, special needs girl who has endured a lot already in her short life, having originally come to CatCuddles from a shelter in Egypt with extremely poor living conditions. She will need a very understanding, very special home, with individuals who are not only looking to adopt a cat but to also change a cat's life..

Mary is a cat who is extremely eager for love and affection, but because of her traumatic past, can be a little unsure of new people initially. Often she will growl and grumble when they approach, however if you perserve with giving her strokes and attention, her unit wariness will fade and she will reveal herself to be quite desperate for love. We really want Mary to find a home where she can take this love for granted, as it will not take long for her to become a happy, well adjusted and friendly cat.

Mary also has special needs that mean she requires an understanding home. She has just three legs, the result of an injury when she was just a kitten and still living as a stray, and has a condition called Inflammatory Bowel Disease, or IBD. Whilst Mary's missing limb poses no issues for her quality of life - like all cats she copes amazingly well with it - IBD is a little more complicated. This is a condition that effects Mary's digestive system, causing symptoms such as diarrhoea and a fluctuating appetite. If un-managed, it can cause some symptoms that are difficult to live with, like 'leaking' of the bowels, however Mary is currently on daily medication that prevents this. We know that this will sadly cause many adopters to overlook Mary, but home there is a understanding, big-hearted person out there who is willing to manage Mary's condition and love her in spite of it.

Mary will need an indoor-only home as she is unused to navigating the British streets. Though we can't change how Mary's story began, with an amazing, loving home we can give it a happy ending.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Shy
  • Special needs cat
  • Indoor only

Filemon, for experienced cat lovers :-)

Sweet but scared 3 year old boy Filmeon has just been rescued from a tough life on the streets, coming to us with multiple scratches on his face as a result of attacks from other cats.

He is now healing, both physically and from his time spent homeless and alone. He is still very shy and defensive at present, and confused by all the sudden changes in his life, however he is making small improvements, gradually learning that our volunteers mean him no harm. Once he feels safe with someone, he comes out of his shell a little and reveals some of his sweet, tentatively friendly personality.

We will be working with him in upcoming weeks to make him more confident and comfortable around people, though ultimately he needs to find an experienced, accepting forever home to patiently and calmly teach him to trust again. Cats do not rush anything!



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Shy
  • For experienced homes
  • Street savvy

Scrappy

Scrappy is a 4 year old boy who was discovered living as a stray; clearly abandoned by his original family. After being cared for by a kind person for some months, he is now in the care of CatCuddles and ready to find a loving new home.

A friendly boy who is a tiny bit shy around new people but warms up to them quickly, Scrappy will be happy with some outside space in his new home, but would equally as well be happy in a spacious multi-level indoor home with a terrace or balcony. Scrappy is not adventurous if he has his own place to call home.

He is also not anything like his name; he is looking well, pink-nosed and shiny-furred!



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

Poppy

Poppy is a healthy, chatty, active twelve year old girl, with beautiful tabby blobs decorating her white fur. In her former home she was quite an adventurer and loved roaming the back gardens during the day, though she'd always return at dusk to nap close to her human companions. She is an inquisitive, friendly girl who is fond at meowing at our volunteers, and who likes to be scratched under the chin. Because of that explorers' spirit, she will need a safe garden in her new home, and adopters who she can 'chat' to to her heart's content!



 
  • Sociable
  • Ideal first cat
  • Senior 10+

Rufus, a veritable activity ball

Beautiful mini-tiger Rufus is very friendly, interactive and vocal. He craves human companionship and likely missed it very much whilst he was living as a stray. He enjoys strokes very much and shows his appreciation with loud purrs, and he will often 'chat' to our volunteers throughout the day.

We know that Rufus had a home once because he is just so sociable, but sadly believe that he was abandoned. At the moment he is especially desperate for attention as he likely believes that at any moment he could be left alone again; we can't wait until he finds a loving home and realises that this is not the case.

Be prepared for an active, intelligent feline who will need your interaction and play indoors and time to safely explore the gardens around home as well. An independent, yet interaction-thirsty youngster; you have been warned!





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

Taz

Taz is a beautiful, friendly boy of 7 years old who has come to us with a sad story. He has been loved for the duration of his life but recently, his owners' health has been failing and he is now in need of a new home where that love and care can be continued.

We expect that his good looks will attract many enquirers, but he is also extremely sweet and friendly cat who enjoys being around people, being touched and played with.

He has not appreciated the company of other cats so much in the past however, and would likely to be best suited to being a solo cat. He likes to venture outside occasionally and will need a garden, however he is not overly street smart so it would need to be in a fairly safe location. Because he is such a friendly boy, Taz could share his home with older children but prefers a quiet, laid-back home to match his laid back attitude.

What's not to love about Taz? he is friendly and gorgeous, and like all cats, he deserves a happy and comfortable life.



 
  • Sociable
  • Solo cat
  • Good with children
  • 2-10 years

Maxwell

17 year old Maxwell is looking for a relaxed adult-only retirement home where he can be lavished with love and affection for the rest of his days - he LOVES to be stroked and petted and often chirrups and meows to ask for more for attention. Like a great many senior cats, Maxwell has renal disease, however this is easily managed with a special diet of renal-only food, which is available online, from the vets or at many Pets At Home stores. It's also a small price to pay to have a gentle and loving cat like Maxwell in your home.

We will consider both indoor only homes and those with very safe outdoor access for Maxwell, though he has preferred the indoors for much of his life, choosing stick close to his human companions. He does enjoy however, gazing out of windows from comfy spots, and though he is an older gentlemen he will still occasionally enjoy some play time - toy cars are his favourite.



 
  • Senior 10+
  • Sociable
  • Special needs cat
  • Indoor only

Waldo

Waldo is a 16 year old Burmese boy with the beautiful chocolate fur typical of the breed - his photos cannot do his striking colouring justice. In addition to his handsome appearance he is also incredibly sweet, gentle and friendly.

Sadly Waldo was surrendered at a vet for euthanasia when his owner became too elderly to care for him, but this vet contacted CatCuddles instead as Waldo is perfectly capable of living happily and comfortably for many more years. Waldo deserves a second chance and we plan to give it to him.

Waldo does have renal disease, extremely common in older cats, but this is easily managed by feeding him special renal food, which is not difficult to find. He is a little on the skinny side so we're working on feeding him, whilst giving him lots of love and fuss. He is extremely friendly and likes to sit quietly with our volunteers, head butting their hands gently to request strokes and purring. He's a lovely boy, and being so laid back and keen on human companionship could be happy in an indoor-only home.



 
  • Senior 10+
  • Sociable
  • Special needs cat
  • Indoor only

Vittoria

Vittoria is a gorgeous, extremely friendly girl who was surrendered at one of CatCuddles' collaborating vets in Greenwich. We will have more information on her soon.



 
  • Sociable
  • 2-10 years

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.



 

    Needed - Homes in Rural Locations!

    Felines 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.



     
    • For experienced homes
    • Good with cats
    • Street savvy
    • Shy
    • Under 2 years
    • 2-10 years

    Our Guidelines For Adopting A Cat

     All cats coming to be adopted via Catcuddles are fully vet-checked, neutered, microchipped, fully vaccinated, flea-treated, de-wormed quarterly and microchipped. If necessary, we also run further checks, such as FIV/FELV test, urinalisis, geriatric blood tests etc, Some cats also need dentals or more invasive ops, to ensure they are fit and healthy before being prepared for adoption. No cat is unadoptable! 


    It is important for the Rescue, Welfare and Adoption Teams to ensure we are giving these felines the best possible start to a healthy, or at least comfortablw and pain-free future with their newly adopted family. Adoption donations are invited 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! Cats coming to us for rehoming are also sponsored by the originating family who can no longer look after them but are happy to support their upkeep while with us. 

    Before adopting a cat a routine home visit is always carried out by one of our volunteers or by virtual tour (eg. facetime), as soon as the prospective adopter reserves a Catcuddles feline. Post-adoption visits are also likely, and facebook/email updates by the new family are required for at least the first 6 months of adoption, so we can make sure your cat is settling happily in his/her new home and its humans are happy too. Catcuddles offer help and advice for anything relating to the welfare and care of a Catcuddles kitty for the duration of the cat's life. As we like to say, "once a Catcuddles cat, always a Catcuddles cat"!

    We are also available for advice, should somoene need help with any behaviour(s) perceived as strange, unwelcome or unexpected, so we can help make sense of them and help provide a solution. This is a donation-based service and is also subject to availability of the more experienced key volunteers to advise as well as our most experienced resource, our founder. A trusted vet should always be the first port of call with clinical/medical issues and emergencies, so we always advise registering with a vet as soon as you adopt a cat. We also advise that you know who your nearest emergency vet is; it is often impossible to make sense of Google results at 1am with a poorly cat...

    Finally, we also strongly recommend that pet insurance should be a serious consideration for your cat; every Catcuddles cat adopted leaves us with a Petplan insurance leaflet, and a clear idea of the reasons why we know insurance can save lives.

    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. Please let us know at the point of donating (eg. via Paypal) that you exclusively wish to have your donation used towards neutering. 

    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 and will soon be offering donation-based neutering at our North London Cat Clinic. 

     

     
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