In Praise of the older, wiser cat – in memory of Sable
Throughout the summer months we home lots of kittens, usually leaving behind the mommy cats and older cats we have with us. This is for no other reason than they are not a cute and cuddly ball of fluff, which they won’t be anymore in six months or so. I cannot tell you the pleasure taking on an older cat can give you, even though it’s age is against it. You may not have it for 16 years but having taken on a 19 year old, the 2 years we shared together were unforgettable. The emotions I went through were unbelievable, to see this skinny, dull coated, sad and pathetic old thing settle down onto a cosy seat or lap; then look up into your eyes as if to say ‘thank you, I’ve really missed this’ before curling up and purring. Your whole being turns to jelly and your heart is stolen forever and when it’s time to say goodbye your heart will be broken but that little cat seems to say ‘now you can give your love to another like me’. We cry and mourn our special little friend, but in the end it’s not about how we feel, it’s about how you made some little cat’s last few years happy and full of as much love as you can give. Mel Booth
Please give some thought for our older residents as they can be just as loving, sometimes even more so than a kitten.
All our cats are neutered when old enough and given regular worming and flea treatments, where possible we vaccinate and microchip each cat / kitten this costs an average of £80
We update our list regularly, but e-mail us if you are interested in a particular cat to check we still have him/her, you are welcome to visit and see our cats by appointment only.
Some of our cats are not on this page, as they are not currently available for adoption due to undergoing medical treatment or assessment first. We sometimes help other cat rescuers and foster carers by listing cats they are caring for on our site – the description says when a cat is being looked after by someone else.
Most people who adopt a cat from us give us a donation of at least £55 this is not a fixed amount and it goes towards continuing our work so we can give future rescued cats a new life . Any money donations, or help with food, blankets, or cat litter, is greatly appreciated as caring for cats is very expensive. Medical care is especially expensive with the general rising costs today. Please go to our donations page if you can help.
Our Rehoming Policy exists to give each cat the best possible life in their new home. This policy is not set in stone, and we can make exceptions at times.
Kittens and cats that are not neutered and vaccinated because they are too young or for health reasons will be followed up in their new homes to ensure they are neutered and vaccinated at the appropriate ages or when they are well enough. We have an agreement for new owners to sign to say they will do this and this should be taken to the vet of your choice to be signed and returned to us when done. We use Southcrest vets in Redditch and can fully recommend them you can visit their website to find prices and contact details they also have a facebook page with lots of information and promotions.
Adopting a cat is a lifetime commitment. A cat can live for 20 years and like us can suffer health problems now and again. Make sure you are certain you want to bring a cat into your family. Too often we rescue cats from the streets that people have got fed up with.
Sometimes, someone may choose a cat or kitten we may feel is not suitable for them but there will always be a cat to suit every person and family and if you don’t like cats then you haven’t met the right one yet. We will do our best to match the right cat to the right person. As some of our cats come from terrible backgrounds some noises and sudden movements made by very young children can scare them, but some love all the hustle and bustle of a noisy household.
We require that the adopter can financially provide for the cat in terms of everyday costs and also veterinary treatment. Owning any pet can be expensive with food, toys and medical care.
Each cat has a different personality, background and health history we need to ensure the right cat is adopted by the right family.
Any new cat needs to be kept indoors for a few weeks, for it to adapt to its new owners and environment. Only once a cat has learnt a certain environment is its home, should the cat be allowed outside. Cats that are scared or very timid may need to be kept in one room until they are more confident, gradually being let around the rest of the home.