Five month old sisters. These kittens were rescued as part of a group of 20 stray cats and kittens living in garages and back gardens. When they arrived in our care they were malnourished and suffering with cat flu.
They have been treated for flu, neutered, microchipped etc. The cat flu that this group had was one of the nastier strains which cats can be vaccinated against - calicivirus. Many cats that catch calicivirus make a full recovery with no lasting effects but some develop problems with their gums - chronic gingivitis and if this happens they will require treatment and usually lose their teeth young, however toothless cats to continue to manage well with eating. Some of their siblings have developed ginigivitis. If this becomes a problem for Virginia and Vicky we will provide any related treatment at one of our London veterinary clinics.
Virginia is also on treatment with steroids for an eosinophillic granuloma (skin lesion) on her vulva. Virginia does take her medication easily by mouth or in food. We will continue to provide veterinary care for this condition until resolved by one of our London veterinary clinics.
UPDATE A biopsy has been taken of Virginia's eosinophillic granuloma on 20th Jan as our vets are a concerned that this is not responding well to treatment and is unusual in such a young cat. Update on this to follow as we have more news.
Having been born outdoors they were initially very shy but have been responding well to staff and can be stroked and handled but their adopters will need to continue their socialisation.
They are seeking a new home as a pair and will a cat experienced adult home. We would consider a spacious indoor only home or a home with eventual access to a garden via a cat flap.
CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 SITUATION and cat adoptions.
Following Government Guidance our Homing Centres are closed to visitors but we are able to rescue and rehome cats whilst following regulations.
The coronavirus pandemic does mean that we have had to alter our usual homing procedures. 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. We have 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.
Following a successful home assessment we match cats and homes and will suggest suitable cats to you. We can provide photos and short video's of our cats and discuss them in more depth, in which case if you wish to go ahead we deliver the cats / kittens to your home as a door step handover. Adoption paperwork is completed as far as possible in advance over the phone. You then adopt the cats or kittens on a trial adoption basis. Despite this being a new and unusual way to adopt cats we have so far found that adoptions are successful.
We are prioritising homes that are local to our centres. 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.