Success Stories

Shy girl Nala comes out of her shell
Nala (was Elsa) came to us as a 2 year old semi-feral cat who had never had any human physical contact before. She was homed to a lovely lady who was aware how shy she was, but wanted to offer her a home. She would just about allow you to touch her on the head when she was homed, but still completely frozen stiff with fear most of the time. We have stayed in touch with her owner with advice for a while, and she has been introduced to the trust technique and she has obviously done a great job. Here is a very happy outcome of homing a very very shy cat with the right owner:
"To say she is part of the family is an understatement, she sits at night-time on my husbands lap, sleeps next to me, and spends a lot of her time guarding our garden from local cats, or chasing birds!! Here she is enjoying lockdown with her best buddy Holly."
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A very content Chalky
Handsome Chalky was sadly with us for quite some time. He was diabetic and so potential adopters were concerned with what looking after a diabetic cat entailed. Fortunately a lovely lady came along and fell for Chalky. She has sent us a message to let us know that he has settled in really well. She says that he is a very laid back boy and so loved. The amazing news is that due to his change in environment he is no longer diabetic!
 

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Update on Boe
From Boe's owners: "He is still as quirky as ever but is slowly getting over his jitteriness and is very affectionate. We both have found it so touching to see him feel loved - he barely leaves our sides when we are at home! He seems quite happy to do his own thing as well though, he plays on his own and also seems to have established his territory outside and got well used to the neighbouring cats and dogs. He comes and goes as he pleases and couldn't wait to stop using the litter tray!"

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Best Friends
Alan could offer an indoor-only home and as Mr Colbie showed no inclination towards venturing outside so it was the perfect match. Alan said: “I decided to adopt Mr Colbie just from seeing him on Twitter. Apparently I was the only one to show an interest, possibly because he’s black and a bit older, but his age was perfect for me. I wasn’t interested in a kitten shredding my curtains and causing havoc, although Mr Colbie does enjoy chewing my laces when I take my shoes off!” Alan was so sure that Mr Colbie was the cat for him that he didn’t even meet him before taking him home in December 2015. Likewise, Mr Colbie clearly knew he’d fallen on his feet as he behaved perfectly in the car and, after a brief inspection of Alan’s home, settled straight in for a snooze in the lounge. At first he was a bit timid of noises he didn’t recognise and would hide under the bed, but he soon got used to his new surroundings and became a confident chap. These days he reacts only slightly to people approaching the front door, as if indicating their arrival to Alan. Alan added: “Although he’s not a lap cat, he’s very affectionate and loves to be stroked. He particularly likes to sit with his paws on my feet and also sleeps on the bed at night.” In June 2016 Mr Colbie was diagnosed with diabetes, requiring two injections each day. This doesn’t bother him in the slightest, however, and Alan is easily able to administer these while Mr Colbie enjoys his morning and evening meals. Alan says Mr Colbie has had a positive impact in his life. “I live alone and also work shifts so often come home at different times but he always gives me a nice welcome when I get in. I love him to bits - we’re devoted to each other. He’s my best friend.” 

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Donut's a delight!
When we got Donut, we were told she was an indoor cat. We wanted to give her the opportunity of going outside. After a few weeks, we left the patio door open. She eventually put two feet out then was back in. A few days later, she put all four feet out, then was immediately back in. It took a few months for her to be comfortable about being out and now she can't wait to get out! 
We have now had her for one year. She enjoys playing, especially with our old boot laces. We did try to think of another name, as initially we felt a bit daft calling out 'Donut', but in the end we decided to keep it. Donut was rather aloof to start with, but over the year, she has become more engaging with us and now sits next to us on the sofa and on the end of our bed. 
Donut definitely seems to have settled in well now and we are very pleased with our choice! 

Sarah


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A happy retirement home for Emmy

When my husband and I purchased our first home we decided it was now the right time for us to get the cat we had wanted for years. We made the decision that we wanted to adopt an older cat as we knew it was harder for them to find homes, it suited our lifestyle and we loved the idea of providing a lovely home for a cat to enjoy their golden years. We decided to visit an older cat, Emmy, who was about 12 years old, we saw a video of her and she looked so sweet and very affectionate. When we met Emmy I fell for her as soon as I saw her; she was timid but showered us with affection. We visited on the Friday night and before we visited we had agreed that we would not make a decision on the spot and we would think about it over the weekend. But as we left I whispered to Emmy that I was coming back for her. I believe we had chosen each other at that stage. When we got her home we were prepared to let her settle in quietly and slowly but as soon as she came in she explored every room in the house and then settled herself in between us on the sofa! We were so pleased she seemed to consider this her home so quickly. Emmy has been with us for about three months now and every day she has grown in personality. Her favourite things are cuddles and being warm together. She loves a fuss and a lap, will chat to you all day long and has recently started to play. She is now very much the boss of the house! Everyone that meets her comments on what a gentle loving cat she is. People say to us that Emmy is lucky to have found her furever home with us, but we think we are the lucky ones to have found her. She truly is purfect for us! When we adopted Emmy we learnt she had spent the last two years living outside with no shelter due to not liking her owner’s new dog. The Cats Protection are an outstanding bunch of volunteers who without them it would not have been such a happy ending for Emmy. Adopting a mature moggie was the perfect choice for us and we would urge people to really considered doing the same.

Marie


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Bliss for Bruce

Understandably Bruce spent all of his first day with us underneath our sofa, so we've had a bit of a re-arrange so that all his needs are in one place where he feels safe. And soon after he felt happier enough to come out of his strawberry and eat his food in our company. Bruce has definitely come out of his shell in the last few days and is the most adorable lap cat anyone could wish for.

Louise