Our search for alternative homes for cats in Kent
We're hopes to find outdoor homes for nervous cats in places as diverse as smallholdings, garden sheds, warehouses and even a recycling centre! We have renewed our appeal to find outdoor homes for cats in Kent as we have become overrun with semi-feral cats.
Many of these cats don't cope well at all in a cattery
Our Canterbury branch has been working with the owner of a smallholding in Kent to help rehome a number of semi-feral cats. So far, 18 cats have found homes but there are still ten more moggies looking for a smallholding, farm, warehouse or shed to call their own.
Tara Luxford, deputy manager at our Canterbury branch, said:
"We're overrun with semi-feral cats who have been living on a smallholding in Kent. Many of these cats don't cope well at all in a cattery environment so we¿re very keen to find alternative homes for them very soon. The homes don't necessarily have to be a smallholding or a farm, they can be as simple as a shed at the bottom of the garden, a warehouse, or even a recycling centre where we recently rehomed an outdoor cat.
"The Canterbury branch has been working with International Cat Care consultant Vicky Halls with a rehoming pilot which aims to spot the signs that a cat is not suited for a rehoming centre or home environment so that they can go directly to an alternative lifestyle home. The hope is that this can then prevent these cats becoming very stressed in a cattery and find them great, alternative homes much more quickly.
The right kind of home for these cats are 'few and far between'
"Sadly these kinds of cats, who aren't going to be really friendly and want a fuss when people come to visit, end up being with us for much longer and the right kind of home for them are few and far between.
"Anyone who is interested in having a cat lodger and can provide them with food, water, shelter and veterinary treatment when needed, please get in touch with us."
- Bungle is one of four kittens who are around 16 weeks old and have been living in a feral cat colony.
- Hamlet is a two-year-old ginger male who has been a stray for many years and is seeking an outdoor lifestyle.
- Ronnie is a four-year-old black male cat who arrived in our care from a multi-cat household. He didn't get along with the other cats and spent two years of his life locked in the bathroom. He's not coping well in the cattery and is in desperate need of an outdoor home. These are just a handful of the many outdoor cats looking for homes in our centres right now.
Farmland can make a good alternative for these cats
Our cat welfare expert, Alice Potter, said:
"Wherever possible, we'll help to find homes for outdoor cats like these - who are now so used to fending for themselves they wouldn't be suited to a typical domestic environment.
"Farmland can make a good alternative for these cats as it gives them the space they need to roam around while providing a safe environment away from busy traffic.
"It also means they're provided with shelter and a food source without the stressful confines of sharing a home with people."
These are only some of our animals looking for a home
For more information, or to offer any of these cats a home, please contact our Canterbury branch on 01227 719113.
Alternatively, you can browse all of our animals who are looking for a home at Find a Pet.