To be addicted to the Battersea cats needing homes page?

(74 Posts)
QueenStromba Sat 16-Mar-13 10:51:13

I got into the habit of checking it every day when we were looking for our girl. We've had her a week now but I can't stop myself from looking at it every day even though we definitely don't want another cat (not now anyway). I think I just like it when they get marked as rehomed. There are a couple of cats who are still there from when I started looking over a month ago and it makes me sad that they still haven't found someone to love them.

Aren't they cute?

owlface Sat 16-Mar-13 12:40:13

Yanbu, they are so cute! I want Lilliesmile I look at cats on Gumtree and won't be getting one for a year or so. No harm in some research!

Ooh no I love a browse of the CP rehoming pages, even though I can't have another. I like to see what I could have if Sparkling cat would let me. grin

RooneyMara Sat 16-Mar-13 12:46:00

Oh this has confused me. WHY do I want all those lovely cats when I cannot STAND the one we have had for 9 years?!!! grin

Poor old mog

I think it's because she pees on the bath mat and steals my dinner. And empties out rubbish bags.

I'm sure I used to love her. sad

RooneyMara Sat 16-Mar-13 12:46:53

Queen, don't let your cat find out. It's like people wot leave their profile open on even though they have found someone grin

And I watch this more than I should.

HoHoHoNoYouDont Sat 16-Mar-13 12:47:11

I would take them all if I could grin. Just wait til I win the lottery kitties! Yes, I will be a mad cat woman but I don't care grin

HollyBerryBush Sat 16-Mar-13 12:47:52

I've turned into a funny old cat lady - I love looking at pictures of kittens.

But I wont be admitting that in public any time soon grin

HoHoHoNoYouDont Sat 16-Mar-13 12:48:03

grin at Rooney

KittieCat Sat 16-Mar-13 12:51:47

HoHoHo sound sentiment indeed! We have three cats but with a larger home and a nice lottery win I could easily love more...

OP YANBU. I often while away time looking on there, too. I've weakened too many times, thorough - hence us havin three! It makes DH nervous when he sees my browsing history...

KittieCat Sat 16-Mar-13 12:52:34

Though. Not thorough. Darned auto correct.

asleb Sat 16-Mar-13 12:55:49

Oh my god, I thought I was the only strange one that did this!

I'm always checking our local rescue website to look at the dogs and there is one in particular who looks like he is a huge scruffy bundle of love (called Bruce!) and he has 'reserved' on him for a few days, then the 'reserved' word disappears again. It's happened about 15 times now so he must be difficult to rehome, but he looks amazing and I always feel sad when the 'reserved' disappears and his photo is still there. I am very odd.

Montybojangles Sat 16-Mar-13 13:05:18

Is there something wrong with me, I want that knackered looking geriatric ginger one?!
Which site is Bruce on asleb? Surely someone here might be able to take on his special needs.

QueenStromba Sat 16-Mar-13 13:06:25

I told myself that I was only checking to see if the other cat we could have picked had been rehomed yet. He went on Tuesday and I'm still looking at the cats.

QueenStromba Sat 16-Mar-13 13:08:26


Here is my local one. look at Pi. Sooo cute!!

Montybojangles Sat 16-Mar-13 13:14:12

Yes zebedee, he looks like my now in cat heaven old boy. Miss being woken up by a cat slap at 6am every morning!

I'm shock at the rehoming fees though.
£75 for a moggie - £130 for 2 kittens.

Now I know this includes neutering / injecting if needed (some of them would already have had this done, And they don't pay "high street prices" like you or I if we went to our vets)

But you can see why people are still tempted by Gumtree or the friend of a friends cat.

(When I got my moggie years ago it was from a rescue that concentrated on capturing and neutering ferals. I found out how much a high street vet would charge to neuter and gave that as a donation)

It's £50 at CP round here 70. That includes vaccinations, microchip transfer, month of pet insurance etc. And support if things don't work out.

But I know what you mean. Why pay anything if you can get one for free? sad And you don't need a home check either if you buy from Gumtree.

QueenStromba Sat 16-Mar-13 13:27:13

So it's not just my little furry alarm clock that is set to 6am then? Sorry to hear about your boy.

cozietoesie Sat 16-Mar-13 13:28:34

But would those people who get for free then go on to get chips, shots, check ups etc, sparkling. I think a modest charge is a good idea if it starts (or re-starts) the cat on the right path.

zukiecat Sat 16-Mar-13 13:29:22

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Exactly cozie. If they can't find the £50, then it's unlikely that you will neuter, vaccinate, deflea etc.

Sorry just reread my post and it looks like I am saying getting free cats is a good thing doesn't it? blush I meant the opposite. definitely.

DrHolmes Sat 16-Mar-13 13:32:11

I like Stevie on the Battersea page!

I have a rescue cat from CP (Scotland) my fee was £40 which inc jabs, some food, bed, and a bit of carpet he liked!
I put a box of food in the CP bin at Tesco's whenever i shop there.
I really want another but I live with my partners parents so don't think I can sad Love my little rescue cat though, he's a character smile

grin at 'bit of carpet' DrH. Bless him.

asleb Sat 16-Mar-13 13:35:26

Bruce is here Monty

He's changed back to 'reserved' today. When his picture actually disappears I will finally be happy! (I love Bruce) grin

Bobyan Sat 16-Mar-13 13:35:50



Sorry for the thread hijack smile

cozietoesie Sat 16-Mar-13 13:38:06

Bruce looks (and sounds) like a handful who'll need an experienced owner and a lot of serious exercise! Lovely beast though.


I am not a doggy person but Bruce looks very appealing.

asleb Sat 16-Mar-13 13:40:53

Yes definitely cozie! We have children under 11 and cats and me and dh jokingly said 'shall we get rid of the kids and the cats and just take Bruce home?' grin

I'm sure someone who has a lot of time for Bruce will come along eventually (until then, I shall check the website everyday!).

asleb Sat 16-Mar-13 13:43:03

He just looks so loveable doesn't he sparkling? Worse thing was he was crying at us when we were looking at him in real life, like he just wanted us to stroke him sad

Owllady Sat 16-Mar-13 13:46:50

I check the collie rescue pretty regular where we had our rescue from and I couldn't even possibly have another dog! so yanbu at all

QueenStromba Sat 16-Mar-13 13:47:31

£75 doesn't even begin to cover the cost of most of the animals stays. Mine had a lot of dental work and all of the cats are given a full MOT.

gordyslovesheep Sat 16-Mar-13 14:01:09

Bruce is LOVELY grin

I am addicted to the Cat Chat and RSPCA sites as we are planning to get another cat after our holiday in May

Montybojangles Sat 16-Mar-13 14:07:49

Bruce is a cutie.
I got my old cat from wood green asleb. I think they threw a party when we took him (he was falling to bits, rather). We went in looking for a kitten and they told us all about the home visits, checks etc. we then saw this battered old boy, said maybe we will have him instead as he looks so sad, and they literally shoved him in a cat carrier, gave us a few forms, hussled us out the door (and I think possibly doubled locked it behind us) before we could change our minds!!
He was a nightmare and a delight in equal measures. I will always get a rescue animal in future. Seems wrong to get a cute posh pet when so many are sad and lonely in their cages/kennels.
I don't think the cost is that much really, I doubt they cover the cost of keeping it there and all the checks, treatments etc. I would imagine its also there to make sure you are serious also. If they didn't charge you might be more likely to get one on a whim without thinking things through possibly.

HoHoHoNoYouDont Sat 16-Mar-13 14:11:27

Every moggy I've owned has turned up in my garden as a stray. I think word got out that this is the address to come to for food and love!

Off to the supermarket now and this thread has reminded me to buy some extra cat food for the local cats home.

MrsSonky Sat 16-Mar-13 14:12:25

I lost my old lady to cancer last month. I keep looking at the 'oldies' dog site. I really want some company - but not ready for cat company yet. No kitty can replace Sonky cat.

No one wants the oldies, but I do. Comfy bed - check. Slow short walk (not in rain!) - check. Underfloor heating - check. Tasty nibbley bits - check. I'll even take the one that has bad breath and gas. But DH needs some persuading... <sigh>.

It's a bit sad, I'm 'broody' for a flatulent old timer!

QueenStromba Sat 16-Mar-13 14:16:43

It's definitely worth getting a cat from a rescue. If you get a kitten then you don't really know what sort of cat they'll turn into and if they'll suit your lifestyle. Rescue cats get assessed for temperament so you have a good idea in advance about whether they would be alright left alone for the day, good with kids etc.

It also seems silly to encourage breeders to bring more cats into the world when cat shelters are full of cats looking for someone to love them.

Horsemad Sat 16-Mar-13 14:18:15

Pi is gorgeous Sparkling - reminds me of our little black cat who was pts last Sept sad I've just shown his pic to DH who said the same.

Want to dash to Worcs to get him smile

asleb my mum's dog is the spit of Bruce - I notice he's a pointer X and mum's is a German Wire Hair Pointer - as big as a donkey almost grin When they go out with their dog, it take hours as loads of people stop to fuss him! grin

I can never understand why black cats are hard to rehome Horse.

Horsemad Sat 16-Mar-13 14:31:49

Me neither - difficult to photograph well though, so maybe their pics don't do them justice?

Mine was a stray, lived rough for a month in the garden until I caved, grin already had a cat & wasn't planning another. Went to put stuff in bin one night & she was sheltering in some boxes out for recycling sad Boxes were due for collection next morning & all I could think of was what if she'd ended up in the crusher. sad
Brought her in and had her for 13 yrs grin

Current HorsemadCat arrived in similar fashion, lived rough in garden for a month until I caved again!!
Our black cat was on her last legs so felt guilty getting another but I'm glad we did 'cause it really helped having HorsemadCat2 when she was pts sad

asleb Sat 16-Mar-13 14:43:19

Oh did you monty? You did the same as us with our cats - we're always suckers for the hard to home animals grin. We got our 2 cats when they were kittens from the rspca and they were 6 months old but practically feral. We felt so sorry for them as they were struggling to home them because they wasn't 'cuddly' cats. 10 years on we still have them. They do let us stroke them now if we are lucky, but it has to be outside, and you have to wait and let them come to you!

Your mum's dog sounds amazing horsemad. I love the look of them, they do look like big soppy donkeys grin

Horsemad Sat 16-Mar-13 14:54:06

He is crackers asleb. He did £500 worth of damage to a brand new car when he was left in it for 5 - yes FIVE minutes [shocked]

Shredded the driver's seat and seatbelt - that was when they found out he has separation anxiety grin grin

My little black cat Coco was only with us for 3 months. She had a heart murmur. She went missing and was found dead. Not a mark on her, as if she had fallen asleep. One year old, and she had had kittens. sad

Horsemad Sat 16-Mar-13 15:00:23

Oh bless her Sparkling. sad

One if mine disappeared years ago, we never found her. My elderly neighbour searched for her for a couple of weeks 'cause he loved her too. sad
Hate it when that happens.

sad It was the not knowing that was horrible Horse. Although awful, I felt better when she had been found.

But because of that I get all stressy when Sparkling cat doesn't stick to her routine and scare me into thinking she's gone AWOL.

QueenStromba Sat 16-Mar-13 15:09:16

My childhood cat pulled a disappearing act too. He broke his hip so we had to keep him in while it healed. He really wasn't impressed with this since he was semi feral and just never came back once we let him out again.

OrangeFireandGoldashes Sat 16-Mar-13 15:40:45

Oh no, what have you done...? We lost one of our cats at Christmas to cancer and I'm just starting to think about a companion for remaining cat. So now of course I've been looking at the Wood Green cats, and I want Sooty. And Pudding. And Merlin. And Buffy. And Marble and Muffin. And Chunks. And...and...and...

QueenStromba Sat 16-Mar-13 15:49:18

My hope when I started this thread was to get at least one cat a new home - looks like I've found half a dozen a home smile

Horsemad Sat 16-Mar-13 15:51:53

I was supposed to walk to the shop 2 hrs ago to buy salad for our meal this evening and instead have been cooing over cats!!

catsmother Sat 16-Mar-13 16:34:27

Ha ha - I do this too. Have had all my cats from Wood Green over the past 16 years and now live very close to one of their branches so it's not just looking on their site - which I often do - but also "popping in" on a regular basis. In fact, it's my black cat here: when she was a kitten (obviously).

It's really sad to see the same cats "stuck" at the home though for months on end. Especially as it's so often the black ones. As for not photographing well, there's a picture of what that kitten looks like now on my profile. I wish more people would consider them.

mrsjay Sat 16-Mar-13 16:42:20

aww zebedeee on the homepage is an OAP yanbu they are cute I have to limit myself to twice a week ont he dogs trust website as im convinced jaydog needs company blush

mrsjay Sat 16-Mar-13 16:44:24

I cant bring myself to get a new cat jaycat was 18 when she died I still miss her sad

ProphetOfDoom Sat 16-Mar-13 16:52:54

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QueenStromba Sat 16-Mar-13 16:54:21

She's gorgeous catsmother! How on earth did you manage to get such a good photo of her?

mrsjay Sat 16-Mar-13 16:55:48

you could have housecats so they wouldnt bring anything home although Im not keen on the housecat idea mine liked to roam, a hamster what about a hamster matilda grin

Sparkling Cat doesn't catch birds. We get tiny voles and grass-snakes.

mrsjay Sat 16-Mar-13 16:58:14

and grass-snakes

shock I would faint or have to move house

mrsjay pic of grass-snake on my profile if you are feeling brave. grin

mrsjay Sat 16-Mar-13 17:20:08

Im fine with snakes when im expecting to see them but if 1 was in my house id move grin

ProphetOfDoom Sat 16-Mar-13 17:20:13

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someoftheabove Sat 16-Mar-13 17:25:38

So relieved to hear it isn't only me. I stalk the Celia Hammond pages because they often tell you a little bit about the cat's history. The have lots of cats with one eye, one leg, etc and I always want to have them all. If DH catches me looking he just gives me one of his special looks (we already have two moggies) and that's enough of a reality check!

Thanks Schmaltzing she really is lovely. smile

Horsemad Sat 16-Mar-13 17:29:19

catsmother your cat is bee-yoo-ti-ful smile - gorgeous pic.

Sparkling my DH has fallen in love with SparklingCat's pic grin

pansyflimflam Sat 16-Mar-13 17:47:09

God help me! I have spent 2 hours cruising cats on rescue sites and now on pets4homes.......... must stop but desperate for cats. Stunned that people charge £150 for a moggy kitten in France they give them away!!!!!!!!

CruCru Sat 16-Mar-13 18:00:17

What makes me laugh about the Battersea pages are the issues some of the cats have. A while ago there was one that couldn't have stairs, other cats, children, or where the new owners had jobs or went on holiday. An impractical cat. That's hilarious.

Aww thanks Horse I will tell her she has an admirer. grin

FairPhyllis Sat 16-Mar-13 20:18:39

Oh I do this too. And I like looking at the 'Happy Endings' pages to see lots of lovely pussies lolling around on people's beds and sofas looking totally spoilt.

catsmother Sat 16-Mar-13 21:16:32

Thanks everyone for the compliments about my cat - just a plain black moggie but I think she's sweet!

Have added the other two if anyone's interested!

Sparkling - just looked at your lovely grey cat. Beautiful girl. There's a grey cat near me and it always bemuses me that even their noses are grey!

As this is a "mad cat lady" type of thread, can I ask if anyone else can't walk down the street without having to try and entice any cat they spot over for a stroke and a fuss ? ..... I'll happily cross the road if I spot a cat!

I do that cats. Stood in the street squeaking at any poor feline i see in case it wants to come home with me.

All 3 cats are beautiful and fab photos of them. smile

QueenStromba Sat 16-Mar-13 21:22:22

You should volunteer at a cat rescue taking photos of the cats for the website. Those are really great photos. And gorgeous cats too.

Horsemad Sat 16-Mar-13 21:29:21

Great photos cats smile and yes to making a beeline for any cat when I'm out grin

I just HAVE to fuss them! When I was a kid I managed to always find stray dogs and take them home - then my dad would make me take them to the police station!! I was on first name terms with the local police shock

QueenStromba Sun 17-Mar-13 20:09:49

I found some puppies and kittens when I was a kid too. I was always really upset that I didn't get to keep any of them.

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