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Adopt A Cat   last updated - 21st May 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! 

Corrie - RESERVED

17 year old Corrie is a shining example of why senior cats make such great companions. She is very loving, sociable and gentle, whilst also being placid and laid back. She was sadly surrendered at a vet surgery for euthanasia as her owner felt she could no longer look after her, and rather than end the life of a healthy, purry cat prematurely, the vet contacted us. She is a little on the skinny side, so we're concentrating on feeding her up, but is otherwise very healthy for her age. She is loving and sweet and very, very gentle and needs some TLC in a new home.

Corrie is quite shy when she meets new people, but all she needs is some gentle strokes and she will quickly gain confidence. She can be startled easily, but in general whenever showing any signs of shyness all Corrie needs is some fuss and reassurance and she recovers quickly. It's quite understandable that she would be a little unsure of herself, having been rehomed late in life - it must be very confusing for her. She is adapting very well however, thanks to her laid back personality, and she purrs the moment she is touched by our volunteers. A peaceful retirement home, which could be indoor only, would suit this gentle soul.



 
  • Senior 10+
  • Sociable
  • Solo cat
  • Indoor only

Lily & Lola - RESERVED

Lily (tabby) and Lola (tortie) are a striking, friendly pair of five year olds. Lily is a little more confident than her sister, quickly becoming comfortable around new people and enjoying strokes from them with purrs and headbutts. That doesn't mean Lola doesn't love fuss however, she just takes a little longer to become acquainted, but once she has warmed to someone she becomes a real purring machine. She is also a big fan of rolling on her back, particularly when being fussed over or in a spot of sunshine. Both girls are active, inquisitive and sociable - two great cats who'd make a loving addition to the right family.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable

Bruno

Two year old Bruno is a very friendly, panther-like new arrival who was sadly living as a stray before coming to CatCuddles. Like the majority of strays, he probably had a home once but was either abandoned or lost through neglect and carelessness, being unneutered and with no collar or microchip.

Despite the hardship he's endured Bruno is a sociable, human-orientated cat who cannot get enough fuss and strokes. He's more than ready to put the nomadic life behind him and settle into a spacious indoor-only home.

During his time spent homeless, Bruno did suffer a nasty bite from another cat on leg, which left without veterinary treatment developed into a limp. Though his adopters will need to be aware of this issue and willing to monitor this would carefully, we are hopeful that it will heal with antibiotic treatment.



 
  • 2-10 years
  • Sociable
  • Indoor only

Inca

14 year old Inca's favourite thing in the world is to lounge on a sofa or bed, curled up against her human companion.

She is a very sweet, chilled-out cat who sometimes purrs so hard when being stroked that she drools a little bit.

She'd very happily be an indoor cat, ideally in an adult-only home as she prefers a relaxed pace in life, and is generally friendly gentle, easy going and occasionally vocal, greeting visitors with chirrups and meows. She has beautiful black and chocolate colouring and may be a Burmese or a Burmese mix.



 
  • Indoor only
  • Sociable
  • Senior 10+

Trinny

Friendly and gentle Trinny was seen wandering in Plumstead for some time before CatCuddles collected her as a suspected stray. She is partially sighted and has three legs, so volunteers were very concerned for her well being whilst out on the streets. We're still attempting to eliminate the possibility that she has an owner but if none can be found after one more week, we will be pursuing rehoming for this sweet girl.

The name Trinny is short for Trinity - which is a reference to Trinny's three legs! At approximately ten years old she is a teddy bear, very good natured, laid back and cuddly, without a mean bone in her body. Her disabilities hinder her quality of life very little, especially in a safe, spacious indoor only home. She gets along just fine and still retains some vision. She likes to clamber onto laps and purr, and absolutely loves freshly washed laundry - she'll knead it all over.



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

A Very Special Foster Home for Zen

Rescued from Plumstead after years of living on the streets, Zen was quite obviously in fragile health upon arrival at our fostering hub, with a head tilt, a neurological symptom, and an elevated temperature.

We were hopeful however that Zen could be restored to relative strength with lots of comfort, warmth, good food, and fuss from our volunteers. But when his temperature did not decrease after a week of antibiotic treatment, we asked our collaborating vet to run further tests.
These tests revealed that Zen is suffering from Lymphoma, a form of cancer from which he will not recover.

It's devastating to us that after years of living on the streets, Zen's chance to have a loving, long-term home has been snatched by a cruel stroke of fate.

But while we can't cure Zen's Lymphoma, there are options for keeping his symptoms at bay that are non-invasive and non stress-inducing. If Zen responds to these treatments, our vet estimates that he could potentially have two years of comfortable life ahead.

He is, at present, eating well and enjoying strokes and attention, and occasionally bathing in the sun. And so while Zen is capable of being happy and comfortable, we want to find him a foster home for whatever time he has left, be that two years or several months. There are no guarantees with Lymphoma, and we do not intend to allow Zen to suffer once he is showing signs of being in pain.

We're looking for someone who can offer Zen a peaceful, laid back environment, with CatCuddles overseeing his veterinary treatment. We would need to work closely with this person to continually asses Zen's quality of life, and when the time comes, collaborate with them to make that final, difficult decision. He will need daily medication but is otherwise not a demanding cat - he just wants a full bowl, a warm bed, and lots of strokes, and is gentle and incredibly sweet.

To take on a cat with limited time is tough, and we know such a brave, kind-hearted person is a rare find. If you think you are such a person, and can offer Zen a place in your home to guide him through his final days, please get in touch.

We want Zen to experience what it's like to be loved and safe in a home before his time is up. We wish we could give him so much more than that.



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

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

    Sammy - RESERVED

    1 year old Sammy is so loving, cuddly and playful, we can't believe that he hasn't been snapped up already by an adopter. He is quite the favourite among our volunteer team.

    Sammy has very long legs and a big personality. He's active and loves to chase dangly toys, but is also incredibly gentle and fond of strokes and fuss. His good-natured personality means he could share space with kids, and he has also lived with other cats in the past too. He's easy going, confident, and as sociable as a cat can be. Because he does like to play and explore, some safe outside space would be ideal for him.

    Sammy is really an all round great cat who would brighten any home with his presence.



     
    • 2-10 years
    • Sociable
    • Ideal first cat
    • Good with cats
    • Good with children

    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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