Hard to home cats – we’d rather be looked over than overlooked

Swansea Cats Protection with Lyn Gardner

Lockdown has been hard – it’s forced us to behave differently, think differently and to face difficulties we didn’t even want to imagine. Thankfully life is beginning to feel more hopeful for many of us and here at Swansea Cats Protection our volunteers are looking to the future too. Homing cats has been a more challenging process during the past year and sadly a number of cats have been overlooked by potential adopters during that time. But we haven’t given up on them! Recently we had a week-long campaign to introduce people to some of these lovely, lonely cats. And our efforts were rewarded by the successful adoption of 3 cats, with another being offered foster care. Yet sadly we still have a number of harder to home cats in our care and are actively looking for the right people to adopt or become a short/long term fosterer.

Some of the cats have had a tough time before they came to us and now need kindness and care to build their trust and confidence. If you choose to foster you would be provided with food and litter for the cat, and importantly any veterinary care would be cover-ed by Swansea Cats Protection too. We use

Gibson and Jones vets in both Gowerton and Llanelli, plus St James Vets Group. You’d need to be able to transport the cat to vets if needed and to pick up supplies. You’d also need a separate room for the foster cat if you have your own animals. So, are you interested and would like to know more? Great! Let’s introduce you to some of the lovely cats who need your love and care.

Do you recall the rescue of the grossly neglected cats we undertook some months ago? Well, meet mother and son Pamela and Paddy, two of the poor cats we brought into our care. This darling pair have been through trauma that no animal should ever endure. Yet they still trust, still purr, still snuggle up despite all they’ve been through. Pamela is so cuddly and has such an endearing character you’d find it hard to pass her by. Paddy is still a little shy, bless him, but slowly coming out of his shell. They have received extensive vet treatment and limitless tender loving care from our volunteers and thankfully have thrived and survived their ordeal. Paddy and Pamela will need a very special home where they can spend their days in safety, kindness and care. They must be homed together and to a household with no other cats because Pamela is FIV+. Cats Protection would of course provide ongoing support and advice about their care in addition to covering care/vet costs as needed if fostered. These poor dear cats deserve the chance of a happy life.

This lovely boy has been with us for just over 6 months now and although we absolutely love his company, he desperately needs a proper home of his own. Darling Pandacat was taken into our care when the couple who were caring for him as a stray found he just didn’t get on with their female cat. This was probably due to the fact he wasn’t neutered back then. Not surprisingly, since being neutered he is a much more mellow chap. He’s always been very loving and affectionate with people, just not so keen on other cats, so would be best homed as the only cat in the household. Life in a cattery pen has taken its toll on this poor boy – he’s a country cat and loves to explore. Sadly a few months ago he developed diabetes, which can be brought on by stress, so he needs insulin injections twice daily. But his carer says he is such a good boy, he doesn’t even notice the injection at all…he has it whilst eating. The other good news is that in some cases the diabetes may be reversed once the cat is no longer stressed…we’re hoping that this will be the case for Pandacat. Once in a proper home and he’s back exploring the big outdoors, dozing in the sun or climbing a tree, he may no longer need diabetic care at all. But in the meantime, Cats Protection will cover all the costs of his care if he’s fostered and provide ongoing support and advice. This darling cat really needs a safe, caring home.

Izzy and Mylo

This sweetheart bonded pair must be homed together, side by side they’ve been through a lot. Although heading towards their twilight years they are still active, alert and ready to explore…even if it’s just to the end of the garden! They were found straying just a short distance from home but couldn’t settle once brought back as their owner now had dogs and they were afraid of them. Darling Izzy and Mylo have had a difficult time lately not quite knowing where home is anymore. Since being in our care they’ve proved to be firm favourites with the volunteers…they are gentle, loving and affectionate. Izzy is full-on friendly and ever-ready to say hello, whereas Mylo saunters up to you like a cool cat, but just as eager for fuss. They’re looking for a quiet, forever home preferably without other cats and definitely no dogs…just love and a lap.

Why not get in touch?

Adopting or fostering a cat isn’t a decision to be made lightly and you’d need to be certain you can meet their needs. So, think it over. Then please get in touch and arrange to come and meet these lovely cats and consider adopting or fostering Pandacat, or Izzy and Mylo or sweethearts Pamela and Paddy. Mae West famously said she’d rather be ‘looked over than over-looked’ and I’m inclined to agree! They’d love to meet you and be ‘looked over’…and you just might like what you see.

Thanks to all our wonderful supporters, adopters, fosterers and volunteers…we simply couldn’t do it without you.

If you’re interested in adopting or fostering one of our rescue cats or kittens please get in touch. IMPORTANT: we are keen to match the right cat to the right home, based on our knowledge of the cat and the information you provide. However, due to the high number of applications we’re sorry to be unable to respond to unsuccessful applicants. Please remember we are ALL UNPAID VOLUNTEERS trying to do our best for the rescue cats and kittens of Swansea.

We can be contacted via our Helpline 0345 2602 101 or email us at swanseacats@hotmail.co.uk

Please note our helpline is answered by a messaging service and we will respond as soon as we can.

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