Sometimes, even after paying for food, wormers, flea treatments and veterinary bills, there may be some money left over for a particular sponsor cat - we hope you don't mind if we use any surplus money to treat another of our needy sponsor cats.
We found Shanzi as a starving, matted stray living under cars. She is incredibly friendly and loves cuddles so has obviously belonged to someone at some point but has not been cared for. Her upper lip and the tissue right up to her nose has all been eaten away by rodent ulcer (easily controlled by steroid tablets if caught early) and she also has sores on her hocks. She's been untreated for so long that now needs regular steroid injections and trips to the vet so is staying with foster mum, Tracey, for the rest of her life.
Chicken came in with her 'friend' Marble but they didn't get on at all and Chicken was always cussing and swearing at her. Unfortunately the bad temper also extended to any human who had the misfortune to be close by so several potential adopters left Chicken-less!
Marble was rehomed ages ago but Chicken's obviously got a long memory and an even longer reach with a well aimed right hook! So she's going to be staying with her foster mum as Jen appears to be the only person in the entire world who Chicken likes. She's able to stroke and cuddle her, but everyone else - beware!
Rosie is about 15 and has a beautiful fluffy coat. She came in with her sister who was rehomed quite quickly, but Rosie decided she liked living outside in the secure garden, with a nice warm bed in the pen. She didn't come back in the house for three years, despite all our attempts to persuade her. The apple tree was a particularly favourite place and she knew how to stay just out of reach at all times. This made meeting potential adopters very difficult, and even now she'll run from anyone.
Rosie's obviously decided she likes living with foster mum Jen and her friendly cats and is going nowhere now! She's also just realised that the conservatory is actually rather warm and snug and has the best beds ever!
Winnie came in with her siblings at 5 weeks old when they were found in a cardboard box and, in time, they all went off happily to their new homes. However, Winnie proved to be very unpredictable, with a bit of a temper, and having a noisy toddler in the home didn't help. It turns out that Winnie has fits, not often enough to warrant medication but they have left her with a bit of faulty wiring - she can be calm and very loving but when even remotely stressed, she gets very confused and attacks everything in sight - including her own tail and paws as she doesn't seem to realise they actually belong to her!
Her foster mum isn't fazed by her outbursts and has the scars to prove it so Winnie will be staying with her!
Izzie and her two brothers were little feral kittens who came in very sickly. Unfortunately, the boys didn't make it, but after three days and nights of round the clock nursing, Izzie pulled through. All that time spent with her foster mum obviously made her bond strongly because she was rehomed once but was absolutey terrified, attacking her new owner all the time. Once she came back home, she was as soft as butter once more. Izzie will never accept another owner now but has a forever home with her foster mum.
Beautiful feral boy born in a pub garden, Shady had never met a human until he was about 14 weeks old and has never learnt to trust them. He's very intelligent and very wary - a combination which has made it impossible to trap him to get him neutered; we even tried some tablets from the vet to sedate him a bit but he just ate all his food and left the pills behind!
He's a very gentle boy and luckily he's not a fighter, he just loves other cats but, being un-neutered and not vaccinated, we decided it was far too risky for him to be rehomed on a farm or similar with other possibly aggressive and/or infectious feral cats.
He's about 18 months old now and so happy with his foster mum and her own friendly cats, plus three meals a day and a lovely big garden to explore!