Streetkatz

Rescue

 Homing Policy & Area we Cover

As many of our cats have come to us through unhappy or unsafe circumstances, we naturally want to make sure as far as possible that they are being rehomed to people and places where they will be happy and contented for the remainder of their lives.  For that reason, we do insist on doing a home check before you adopt the cat or cats you are interested in.  However, it may be possible to view the cat you are interested in prior to a homecheck.

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 At the moment our area of operation is mainly confined to around Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Wadhurst, Crowborough and Heathfield (and all villages in between).  So those are the areas we can easily home check and support our cats in the settling in phase. 

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All our cats are vet checked, fleaed, wormed, neutered if old enough, microchipped and will have at least the first stage of the vaccination done.  This all costs a lot so we do ask for a financial contribution towards this.  Our current Adoption Fee is £55 per cat/kitten unless otherwise stated but if you can spare a little more, it will go to help bring in another cat off the street.

Our helpers are all volunteers, giving of their spare time to rescue and rehabilitate our cats and kittens.  All the money we raise therefore goes where it is needed - to help the animals.

Please note that we do not have a sanctuary or centre.  All our cats and kittens are fostered by volunteers either in their own homes or in purpose-built cattery pens in their gardens.  So you need to make an appointment to view at a mutually convenient time. If we haven't homechecked you beforehand we do require some basic info, at the very least a full address and telephone number, preferably landline, as we will be sending you into someone's home. 

To view specific cats you may be interested in, please email streetkatzinfo@gmail.comPlease leave a landline telephone number if at all possible.

Rehoming kittens:  we prefer to rehome young kittens in pairs or a mum with one kitten. They settle in more quickly, are less stressed and fearful, play and sleep together and are company for each other if you are out at work all day. 


Website last updated: 12th January 2021


New Lockdown UPDATE: Closed for Rehoming unltil further notice.

Oh - and it's not the kitten season!


 

Hollie, our Hedgerow Cat


Hollie (was Flower) was brought to our attention by a kind lady who was feeding her along with another couple of neighbours.  She was concerned about her as she had taken up sleeping under a hedge in her garden and it was becoming cold and wet.  Once picked up Flower was scanned for a microchip and we found she was still chipped to a lady who had rehomed her.  Unfortunately, Flower's new owner had moved away and had not taken Flower with her or apparently made arrangements for her care.   Flower has now been signed over into our care and is in a warm foster home in Rusthall.

According to the chip, Flower is 9 yrs old and is neutered.  She has now been fleaed/wormed, vet checked and has had stage 1 of her vaccination.  She has been renamed Hollie by Emma,her fosterer, who says the following:-

"Hollie has been an absolute pleasure to look after. Her confidence is growing every day and has settled really well. Her favourite things are Dreamies (which she will gently take from your fingers), belly rubs when she’s sleepy and she loves playing with her catnip toy. She eats well, isn’t fussy and won’t pester you for food. She is very happy to snuggle up in her bed or under a blanket (yes she will get right under) and will be very affectionate to her human once she trusts you. She can be a little jumpy with new noises or strangers, but settles quickly. She got used to the fact I will shower her with kisses and has absolutely no issues with her paws and belly being touched. She’s a big girl, but she really is a gorgeous, gentle natured cat who I’m sure will make a great companion."

We think Hollie would be best with a single adult or couple working from home.

Foster location:  Rusthal


Gorgeous Gary



Gorgeous Gary was originally Grumpy Gary before he discovered his inner loveliness.  Gary was signed over to a vet in Bromley by his owner who could no longer cope with his daily vomiting.  He came to us with a diagnosis of "probable ibd" but we soon twigged it was pancreatitis.  His vomiting cleared up and he had long settled periods with the occasional flare-up.


Two years later, Gary is a very happy chappy, loves going outside and has even learned to tolerate other cats although they are put in their place if they dare to eat from the same bowl of biscuits at the same time as him!  He has put on a lot of weight and is not on any special foods or meds.  Gary will always need a little care food wise so he can't be fed rubbish but good quality food will give you a very healthy cat.  


Gary is 11 yrs old now and is neutered, chipped and vaccinated.  He is very chatty and we think has something oriental in his genes.  He is one of those cats when you look at him you don't see a cat but a wise old soul.


Gary deserves a home of his own and so we have finally put this special boy up for rehoming.  Direct access to a safe garden is essential.


 

Hobo the Ancient



Hobo, aka Hobo the Ancient, is a true street cat.  He survived many years as the village stray, unneutered and a fighting tom.  Hobo, however, started to become noticeably frail as the years went on and eventually a kind lady decided it was time for Hobo to move into a retirement home.  


Hobo was picked up and taken to our vets for neutering, chipping and blood tests.  Lots of blood tests.  Poor Hobo has no teeth (although he gives good gum) and was found to be hyperthyroid and also FIV+.  We were worried how well Hobo would adapt to being indoors but he loves it although he definitely would like a safe garden to potter about in and catch some rays in due course.


It has taken a couple of months to get his hyperthyroidism under control but it is now well in normal level.  He has survived many years being FIV+ without a problem so his immune system seems to be in reasonably good shape!


Because of Hobo's age and issues, he will be eligible for our Golden Oldies Scheme whereby we cover the cost of all age-related veterinary treatment and meds at Culverden Vets (branches Tunbridge  Wells / Wadhurst / Crowborough).  Please email us for more info.


We would love Hobo to have a retirement home to call his own.  He can live with another cat as FIV is not passed on unless they fight (Hobo isn't interested in that any more!).  Hobo is a very sweet cat with the large jowls of an unneutered tom which give him a face full of character.

Bagheera - little black panther


Please note we have had several enquiries about Bagheera and are working our way through them to find her the purrfect home!


Bagheera is a very sleek black panther, aged about 15-18 mths old.  She came into us with another cat from the same household as they were very bonded.  Hmmm, well they were for about 5 minutes but we had to separate them after that.  It may have had something to do with Bagheera not being spayed and in season ...  Needless to say that little detail has been sorted!!


Bagheera is something of a Houdini so her new family will have to be extra careful of doors and windows being left open.  She will be out and gone. We have learned this by bitter experience, ahem.  Fortunately, she seems able to find her way back fairly well. However, for this reason she will not be rehomed anywhere near a busy road. 


Bagheera is very playful and will chase her tail and toss her toys up in the air.  She is friendly and affectionate and would make a great family pet in a calm household. The empasis is on calm!! Even our vet said she needed a quiet house!!!  We think now she is spayed she will be fine with another cat.  She is also chipped and has had her first stage vaccination..

Felix - sweet little black & white kitty



Felix is a very sweet 13 yr old cat who is quite independent and chatty.  She loves to have access to outside so a safe garden is essential.  Felix is spayed, chipped and vaccinated.


Felix is rather nervous around other cats so would need to be the only cat in the household.  Untried with dogs.  Definitely no young children so preferably an adult only household or a family with older children.


Felix is unusual in that she will come to her name when called - no selective deafness here!! So we would recommend keeping her name at least until she has settled with you and will come to your voice when you call her.


Please read our Homing Policy at the top of this page and all enquiries for preference by email to streetkatzinfo@gmail.com 

Brooke - tabby/tortie with catitude



Brooke came into our care from another rescue in Essex.  She was a long term stray, thought to be around 15 yrs old and was quite matted and thin.  She was picked up because she was having difficulty eating and was dribbling and drooling.  An emergency dental ensued and most of her teeth were removed.


Brooke has recovered very well with us and her coat is lovely and shiny soft.  From being a fearful and reactive little girl, she has relaxed into being a typical tabby/tortie - a pussycat until you don't do things she wants you to do!!  She can be a lapcat but only when you really don't want her to be eg using a laptop in bed.  She likes to help... She will however sleep quite happily and peacefully at the foot of your bed and so far hasn't requested breakfast at 4.30 a.m.


Brooke enjoys her food and her lack of teeth don't prevent her eating biscuits.  She is chipped and vaccinated.  Her spay status is a little unknown - we have had her shaved up but there is no spay scar.  However, in the months we have had her she has not come into season nor does she have any nipple development.  So we think she must be done. 


We feel Brooke is younger than 15 now that she is cleaned up a bit.  So perhaps in the 10-12 yr age range. 


Brooke would like an adult only home with no other pets.  In due course she would love a safe garden to soak up some rays.




Kink - a street cat relearning domestic habits


What can I tell you about Kink?  So it seems that he was abandoned some years ago, unneutered, possibly with another cat called Moonface, in the High Brooms area of Tunbridge Wells.  Both cats were brought to our attention together with another cat we have called Boris.  Boris is (or was!) a bit of an unneutered beast and constantly attacked Moonface and Kink, both of whom were being fed by a very kind lady.  Over several months and with the help of some of our supporters, Moonface and Kink were trapped and neutered but put back on the streets as we had no space and they were being well looked after.


In Lockdown things changed and their feeding station became more fraught for both the cats and their feeder.  We are very happy to report that the feeder has relocated and adopted Moonface who is now once more a very happy domestic cat.  Kink has also now come into our care and is relearning life as a domestic.  He is such a superstar and is doing really well but is a bit of a work in progress and would benefit from a rescue friendly adult.  He is starting to love strokes and will be a cracking cat with loads of character in due course.  He seems very healthy and we will be vet checking him and starting his vaccinations of course too.  We think he is 7-9 years old but that is just an estimate based on local info on his abandonment.


All enquires streetkatzinfo@gmail.com and check out our Homing Policy above.

BOY CAT - does what it says on the tin!




Boy Cat and his sidekick, Girl Cat, were left behind when their owners moved away.  Both were unneutered.  After some time, kind neighbours contacted another rescue who neutered both but had no room to bring them in.  Neighbours continued to feed them but Boy Cat appeared one day limping badly and it was thought he had been clipped by a car.  One of our volunteers picked him up and took him to the emergency vets but fortunately nothing was broken although he continued to limp for a while.  Needless to say, we took him into our care.


Boy Cat is a very sweet puss cat, quite independent although he doesn't mind the other cats around, he just does his own thing.  We think he is probably around 3 or 4 yrs old.  He is neutered, chipped and vaccinated.  


Boy Cat loves to be outdoors and is currently enjoying a lot of rural space to explore.  So a safe location with direct access to a garden is a must.


Boy Cat would love a family of his own where he will be fussed over and fed lots of lovely food!

BOOTSY - Maine Coon X with catitude



Bootsy was found injured under a car and sustained a nasty fracture to her leg.  Her owner was eventually traced to Spain where he had relocated, however he paid for her initial x-ray before signing her over to another rescue who paid for her surgery before she came to us for R&R.  Initially she was unable to walk but her leg has healed fairly well in that she can walk but has difficulty jumping so has to pull herself up onto things. This continues to improve (Nov 2020).


Bootsy is already spayed, chipped and fully vaccinated.  DOB  21 July 2014


Bootsy really dislikes other cats so must be the only cat in the household.  Untried with dogs.  She occasionally can have a hissy fit so we think she would be best with an older family or adult only household

Nancy - from Rags to Riches








As you can see from the picture on the left, Nancy came into our care as a grossly neglected cat - thin, heavily matted and full of flu.  Once she was dematted she weighed only 2.2 Kg.  It has taken several months for Nancy to recover and for her fur to regrow but we are pleased to say she is now well on the way to full health and ready for a new home.

Nancy is approximately 9 yrs old and is spayed, chipped and fully vaccinated.  As a longhaired cat, she needs to be regularly groomed and for that reason we are suggesting an adult only home that is not too busy and there is time to give Nancy a brush.  The only other requirement is that her new guardian needs to report regularly with photos to her fanbase on Facebook!!!

Our Homing Policy is at the top of this page. 

UPDATE:  two years on Nancy is doing very well but does have a couple of ongoing health issues which flare up from time to time.  But she is such a sweetie and would love a home of her own.  

 

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