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Special Needs


Caring for "special needs” cats is a very important, but less well known, part of the work we do.

Cats suffer in many different ways which can be caused by deliberate cruelty, neglect or ignorance.

Rehabilitating these animals demands great skill and patience, often over a long period of time.

For example, in 2014 we took in 12 cats, aged 18 months, from the same house.    Although physically well looked after, they had not been handled as young kittens so were not used to human contact and therefore very frightened.

Two years on the results are varied.   Some are now ready to go to a new home whilst others need more work to bring them round.  A few may never recover sufficiently to be re-homed and they will stay with C.L.A.W.S. in a special enclosure that will provide them with an environment similar to a domestic household.  

 

     
Tula
Tula

TULA had a tough start in life.    She was living rough and trying to look after her kittens when she was rescued – and she was only about a year old !

Just when she thought she had reached a safe haven she came face to face with the 5 dogs which belonged to the owner of the shelter she had been taken to.  She was terrified and became more and more agitated and so C.L.A.W.S. was asked to take her into care. 

The tranquil atmosphere was just what she needed and very slowly she began to relax.

She emerged from her igloo and sat on the shelf in her pen.   Then she started to take an interest in her surroundings..   She has begun to respond when one of the other cats approach her pen to make friends and is learning to play with her toys.    

She now waits expectantly for a treat (or two !!!) when she sees one of the carers approaching. She is even brave enough to eat from her hand but any attempt to touch her and she flinches and rushes into the corner of the pen.    What trauma has she suffered to make her re-act like that ?

She needs peace, security and love so she will remain with C.L.A.W.S

 


     
Ronnie
Ronnie

RONNIE was rescued from a supporter’s garden.   She thought he was a feral but, although he was very frightened, it soon became obvious that he was an abandoned domestic that had been living rough for some time.

He is a beautiful ginger boy, about 6 years old, with a cast in one eye which gives him a somewhat quizzical look.

The peaceful atmosphere began to take effect.   To begin with he stayed in his igloo but gradually ventured out. He now sits on the shelf at the front of his pen and when feeling very brave stays there when his carer goes into his pen to feed him.  He is devoted to her and allows her to stroke his face.

We think that at heart he is a gentle giant that has been dealt some nasty knocks in his life and needs lots of time, love and patience to recover his confidence so he will stay with C.L.A.W.S.



 
     
Oliver
Oliver
 Beth
Beth

OLIVER and BETH, together with mum, Belle, came to C.L.A.W.S. in the autumn of 2016.   They had been living rough in a garden in Slough.   They are about a year old.

OLIVER was soon out and about and we were hopeful that he would develop into a confident young man.    And a lot of the time he is – but he is terrified of loud noises and rushes away to hide.     The raucous call of magpies really upsets him.

BETH is very shy and spends most of her time cuddled up in or behind her bed.   Only on one occasion have we seen her at the front of the pen "watching the world go by”.

We are still hopeful that they will come round but until then they will stay with us.


     
The Hooligans
The Hooligans

In the spring of 2015 we took in a litter of 5 kittens, then about 4 months old.   They had been living in a garden and had never been handled.
From the start the ginger boy was confident and friendly and we soon found him a home.
 
But his siblings, PENNY, PRU, PADDY AND YOGI, a loving and tight-knit family group, (collectively and affectionately known as the Hooligans because they are such scamps) were terrified of people.  
 
Their rehabilitation has been a challenge but since they were transferred to the new enclosure early in 2017 they have come on in leaps and bounds and are now friendly youngsters that enjoy being made a fuss of.
 
There are still days when they are nervous and for this reason they will stay with C.L.A.W.S. and continue to enjoy a happy, carefree life and the best of care.


These are the cats referred to in the introduction
Violet
Violet


Cassie
Cassie

Joules
Joules

A mum and her kitten were huddled under a hedge trying to survive the winter weather so we trapped them and took  them in.

Minstrel (mum) came round reasonably quickly and, although reserved, is ready for re-homing.   Tina (kitten) had obviously not been handled as a young kitten so was unused to human contact and is still very frightened.  We shall continue to work with Tina in the hope she will gain in confidence.    They will not be parted

  Minstrel   
Minstrel

Tina
Tina




Cat Lovers Animal Welfare Society
Registered Charity 1062244
PO Box 1646, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3TL
Telephone 01189 341699
Email info@c-l-a-w-s.org.uk