Fve cats have came into our care after their very elderly owner could no longer manage at home and moved in with relatives.
We had been involved with this man for over 10 years because he had lots of cats and kittens and came to our attention, he was against neutering cats and we had a struggle persuading him to let us neuter any of his cats. The conditions in his home were poor and many kittens did not survive - we concentrated on trying to get his female cats neutered whenever we could. The cats were poorly socialised as they were only used to him and would go in and out of a cat flap.
Once he eventually could no longer manage at home he moved in with a relative who contacted us to take in the last six remaining cats. One has sadly died since being taken in.
Clementine is the only female, she arrived underweight and requiring dental work which has now been done. Her blood tests showed no health issues and we estimate her to be 10-11 years old. She has gained weight and now looks well.
Ethan arrived as a still unneutered male and required dental work. Our vets have neutered and microchipped him. He also had a polyp in his left ear canal that has required surgery which has left him with some hearing loss in his left ear.
Harry arrived already neutered and is estimated to be around 10 years old.
Marvin the large male cat centre in photo arrived unneutered and required major dental work. He is approx 10 years old, he has been in lots of fights in the past and has old scarring on his face.
Matt also arrived unneutered, our vets neutered him, he is approx 8-10 years old and rather lacking in teeth.
These cats are shy, they were only used to their owner and he didn't give them much individual attention, just letting them do their own thing and freely go in and out of the cat flap. We can stroke them but they are not over keen and they will sit close to us but thats it. They may improve in a home or they may just stay like this.
They are seeking rescue minded adult homes as a pair and a trio (or the whole family) We will provide help with ongoing veterinary care for these cats via our Lewisham Vet Clinic. They just need foster or permanent home(s) We know they are not very appealing, will anyone take pity on them? Can any one help?
CAT ADOPTIONS: The coronavirus pandemic did mean that we have had to alter our usual homing procedures. We are now in the process of returning to 'normal' but this will take some time. Home Assessments: Pre-coronavirus we would meet potential adopters in their homes (home visit) this was an informal visit to provide advice about caring for cats or kittens e.g health care, feeding, settling in and also an opportunity for us to feel reassured that you could provide a good home. During the pandemic we replaced our usual home visit with a video call via What'sApp or similar to provide the same advice and so that you can also show us the cat relevant areas of your home e.g garden, location of a cat flap etc. We are continuing with the option of an initial video call home visits or an actual home visits.
Following a successful home assessment you are then welcome to come and meet suitable cats by appointment. For homes who initially had a video call we are delivering cats to their new homes to ensure are settled in with you and any further advice required is provided.
We are continuing to prioritise homes that are local to our centres - except for feral/ outdoor cats. Lewisham Branch Homing catchment area: All SE London and BR (Bromley) postcodes. Also N.Kent (Welling, Bexley, Sidcup, Swanley, Dartford), Croydon and SW London (SW8, SW9, SW2, SW11, SW4, SW12, SW16) If you can offer a home to a 'harder to rehome' cat we will consider homes outside our usual rehoming areas.