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Two Crazy Kittens

From one sedate and sensible old lady to two crazy kids. What a contrast! Our gentle, elderly Maisie found a home where we’ve heard she is keeping a younger moggy in his place. But within hours we had taken two 6 month old kittens into our pen – they were immediately climbing on our shoulders, demolishing cat toys, racing around and enjoying regular tussles with each other.

They are brother and sister but had not been neutered so, as cats can become sexually active at about 6 months, we took Gizmo down to the vets the very next morning to be castrated. We will wait a few weeks to see whether or not Lily is already pregnant, but we trust we caught the situation just in time.GL1

If Lily is not pregnant we hope that they will be rehomed as a pair together: They spend so much time playing together, grooming each other or curled up asleep and entwined. If Lily is pregnant she will have to be separated from Gizmo so that she can have her brood in peace. In that case, he will almost certainly find a home on his own – he’s a handsome boy. But it’s going to be a nail-biting few weeks.

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Sense and Sensibility

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Maisie was such a wise and sensible cat – unflustered by the wind rattling her pen and the rain beating on the plastic roof. She loved company and enjoyed a lap but knew when you needed to move – despite the fact that she was very dainty and not at all heavy. Fortunately she liked her pen. Before she came into CP she’d been spending most of her time in an unheated conservatory, with occasional visits from the resident small dog, so she seemed to find the size of her quarters very acceptable, warm and quiet.
Although 16 years old, she was very healthy: her black coat shiny and sleek, her temperament loving and laid-back. But we knew that, because of her age, she might take a long time to rehome so we tried to spend lots of time with her. But after a few weeks she was spotted on our website by a family happy to offer a golden oldie a loving home. Once delivered  to her new quarters, she set off exploring the comforts of her cosy living room.Maisie Big01amaisiedrawing1

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A Return VisitPearl3
Just occasionally a Cats Protection rehoming doesn’t take. This was the unfortunate situation with Pearl. As a pregnant stray, she’d come in to another fosterer earlier in the year, been cared for as she gave birth to four healthy kittens and when they were weaned she went to a new home. But unexpected things happen, and her new owner’s circumstance changed, so the Branch was asked if they could find another new owner.
Pearl was an adaptable soul, used to being in a pen and meeting different people, so she settled in within minutes and was soon jumping up on our laps. It can be very relaxing sitting in the garden pen in the company of a friendly cat – and she was certainly that.
As she had been chipped and neutered when previously in CP’s care, there were no vet visits to schedule. And as she was so loving and laid-back, we had a few weeks of just routine feeding, cleaning up and providing company.
Then the ideal owner contacted CP – a retired lady at home all day. Her cat had recently died and she missed the companionship. As soon as Pearl arrived she was playing with the cat toys, cuddling up on the sofa and in seventh heaven.

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George Clooney
Sammy the stray was about four or five years old and strikingly handsome (a George Clooney among cats). The kind lady who’d been feeding him would have liked to keep him but her own cat objected.
He was very frightened when he first arrived in our Cats Protection pen and cowered in a corner: we gave him a cardboard box with bedding in it so he had somewhere comfortable to hide. After about 10 days he started relaxing and would allow us to stroke him, so we felt able to take him to the vets.
First on our list for the vet was neutering Sammy. While he was anaesthetised he also had a chip inserted. Within days his fur was softer and he was friendlier, so when we took him back to the vet for his first flu jab he behaved beautifully.

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Back in his pen he was soon rolling around happily and demolishing his cat toys. That evening we added him to the Adopt page of the Branch website and in less than a week he was spotted by a couple looking for cat , they came straight round to meet him and agreed he was the one for them.

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We Won’t Fail You
We named her Josie after a Donovan song (“Josie I will not fail you”) because she was so very much in need of our care. A stray kitten, about 6 months old and in a terrible state – desperately thin, with bald patches and scabs, she had been handed in to a local vets who had scanned for a microchip but found nothing.Josie09a
Despite her condition and her troubled past, she was incredibly friendly – jumping onto a lap immediately. She ate, and ate, and ate – and soon her fur started to look better and her scabs began to heal. We took her to the vets for a check-up and flu jab and asked if they thought she was neutered – difficult to say was the answer.
That question was resolved a few days later when she came on heat: scary to witness but we were so glad that she was safe in our pen and not outside where she would have been able to get pregnant (she was such a tiny scrap). So her next visit to the vet was for neutering and microchipping. She recovered quickly, all the time looking more sleek and healthy.
Soon she was an elegant young cat – sweet and beautiful.

A family who’Josie20d been searching for just the right cat for a little while saw her on the Branch website, came to meet her and fell in love. Josie went off to her new home where her new owners said everyone adored her.

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The Master Mariner
Drake had been chipped and registered to Cats Protection when he was a kitten back in 2007, but he was handed in to a vet practice many miles away and appeared to be a stray. His original owner’s contact details must have been out of date and they could not be traced.
Understandably he was rather stressed at the longish journey to our pen, but he soon settled in and seemed philosophical about his situation. A sensible middle-aged gent, Drake was not really a lap cat (just as well as he was a big boy) but he was friendly and enjoyed sitting on our feet as well as lazing in the sunshine.

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But luck was with him and a couple who adored black cats adopted him after only a few weeks. Even better, the husband was a professional sea Drakeface2fisherman so Drake kept his nautical links and (we’d like to think) enjoyed the odd bit of fresh fish.

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The Smelly Boys
Lloyd and Lennie were 18 month-old brothers whose owner’s circumstances had changed so that she felt unable to keep them any longer. They were unused to strangers or being in carriers, so by the time they arrived in our CP pen they were very frightened, huddling together in the farthest corner, shaking and hissing at even the most tentative approach.
For more than two weeks we sat quietly in the pen, talking gently, and finally they accepted us, allowing us to stroke them. They’d not been neutered and in the confines of our pen this became very apparent – the distinctive aroma lingered on our clothes and hair. So taking them to the vet for neutering seemed like a sensible first step and within a few days of their op the smell had gone and their fur was softer.

Lloyd03What is more, they became a couple of big cuties, rolling over for tummy rubs. Flu jabs, HIV tests, chipping and a good check-LloydLennieover were all completed – so now we had two friendly, sweet-smelling handsome young cats, still a little nervous of strangers, but otherwise all ready to go.
It wasn’t surprising then that they soon found a new home with a young family, whose previous cats had died a few months earlier. Within a few weeks Lloyd and Lennie were venturing out into their new garden – but rushing back indoors if they heard a bee.

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