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Seymour (aka Chops)

Seymour          Seymour

Towards the beginning of last autumn one of our supporters rang Beverley to say that once again, she had a stray cat in her garden.!!!! Her own cat did not want it in the house and told her in no uncertain terms !!!!!

Luckily at that point CLAWS did have a few spare pens, so Beverley went round to pick him/her up.   What confronted her was a beautiful, big British shorthair. By the size of his face and his smell he was an unneutered tom - hence the name Chops.   All of the way home Chops chatted to Beverley and let her  know his feelings about being in a basket and  then being put  into a pen. 

He is a lovely natured cat, always wanting a fuss, and always chatting to you.  Beverley then booked him into the vet  to be neutered.   When Beverley took him down the vet that she saw Alex who thought that he was wonderful. Her fiancé had always wanted a British shorthair and kept talking about it. 

So she took some photos of Chops and showed them to her other half. "Yes we want him”. So Chops now has a fantastic home to go to. This is the sort of re-homing that Beverley likes. Swift and to people that she knows. 

Sadly Alex’s elderly cat had to be put to sleep a couple of weeks ago but the good news is that SEYMOUR has gone to his new home and is settling in well.


Sheba        Sheba

You would be so proud of her. She really has settled herself right in with the minimum of fuss.

She was a little bit timid on the first day but when we came down the following morning it was like she had made her mind up (just like Mau Mau did) and decided that this was her new home, we were her new humans and she was happy and safe. 
She now walks around with confidence, doesn't pull away from us at all, loves her cuddles, tickles and belly rubs. 

She joins us on the sofa in the evening, loves a good play session and is generally eating and pooping just fine. She's not as much of a piggy as we expected. She's getting through a pouch and a half a day of food, and a ration of biscuits, and she always has a little drink of water. 

Hope this is nice for you to hear. I know you were both a bit worried as to how much her trauma would have a lasting effect on her, but so far, she seems happy and relaxed and well aware that she has won the cat lotto.


at the sanctuary

Dolly   Dolly   Dolly
in her new home

We don’t often have a cat that comes in and is adopted within the span of a newsletter (3 months) but we did this time.

A lady was feeding a cat that was running  free  in Slough.   She called her Grace.   She asked for help in trapping  her.  It was then that one of our volunteers contacted Beverley and asked if there was a space at the sanctuary.  Fortunately there was and that was when Grace re-named DOLLY  came to CLAWS.

She  is a dear  little girl.    She settled in and quickly made friends with the carers and other cats, We took her to the vet and she was neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.

At about this time friends of the couple who had adopted Trefor and Maisie got in touch.  They were looking for a lap cat so we thought of Dolly.   They came over to meet the cats up for adoption and immediately fell for Dolly.  She made a great fuss of the whole family particularly their little daughter,    A few days later they rang to say they would like to give Dolly a home   A home check was arranged which went well and it wasn’t long before they came to take Dolly to her new home.

Her new mum takes up the tale : -
" The lovely Dolly has settled in perfectly!!  She is definitely part of the family now.  Willow was a little nervous of Dolly at first but now they are the  best of friends and over the past week Dolly has been venturing into the garden with Willow during the day for little walks around the garden.  They seem to like playing in the leaves together.
Dolly is slowly but surely gaining weight and she loves getting groomed with her new brush. 
We are all so happy that Dolly has come to stay with us.


Arthur      Sid

At the Sanctuary
Arthur   Sid
at their new home

You may remember ARTHUR. He was the cat that arrived on Easter Monday evening. He had been living with a local lady and her son since before the first lock down but sadly they could no longer care for him so they had brought him to CLAWS in the hope we could take him in and, of course, we did. He was a full tom with the trademark "chubby chops” , a badly scratched nose and numerous lumps and bumps all over his body. He has obviously been through the mill but despite this he is a friendly, loving chap.   He inter-acted with the other cats and likes to be made a fuss of.

We took him to the vet for an MOT and he was neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. It wasn’t long before one of our cat cuddlers met him on one of her regular weekly visits and took a fancy to him. She brought her partner to meet him and he was smitten too. The home check went well and it wasn’t long before he was off to his new home

At much the same time a lady who had been a supporter of CLAWS  for a number of years rang to say that another cat had taken up residence in her garden, it was the lady who had rescued Norman.   It looked so bedraggled that she had to take him in.   Beverley took a trap round and the very next day the lady rang to say that the cat was in the trap so she brought it round that very afternoon.

He was in a poor way with large bites, inflicted by dogs, on both his shoulders, one particularly deep and very large and both very inflamed.
Beverley put him in the isolation unit and gave him some food and left him to settle in and went straight  into the cottage to make an appointment at the vet.  The wounds were thoroughly cleaned and a long lasting antibiotic administered and then it was a case of letting nature take its course.  
He is about 4 years old and basically strong and healthy as the scabs soon began to form and in time broke up until now they have disappeared.  He has been  neutered, vaccinated and microchipped.  Despite his frightening experience with the dogs he is a friendly lad and  allowed Beverley and another  volunteer to stroke him.
It wasn’t long before he was transferred into one of the enclosures where he got to know Arthur and they became good friends, the occasional spat excepted !

It was then that the couple who were going to adopt Arthur decided that  they would like to adopt him too. Sid as he is now called settled in straightaway whereas Arthur kept fretting to go out into the garden. 

His new "mum” bought him a harness but it was never used as Arthur managed to slip through the door and race round the garden !     He was soon back in.  We think being out in the big wide  world frightened him.

Since then they have settled down together and are enjoying their new home..

Bou        Bou

In the summer of 2021 the helpline rang,   It was Carol.  There had been a fire in one of her neighbours’ houses which had left it uninhabitable.

The lady was taken to hospital and subsequently transferred to a care home.  In the meantime Carol had been visiting the property twice a day to feed BOU

She was about 10 years old – a moggie / oriental / tortoiseshell overlaid with grey  - tiny and very vocal.

The relatives of the lady got in touch to say that unless the cat was removed from the house by the coming weekend they would either throw her out or have her put to sleep.

So that was when Carol rang CLAWS.  She would have been happy to adopt BOU but she already had 4 dogs, 4 cats, a guinea pig and some chickens so it wasn’t possible.

Fortunately we had a space so Carol brought her over.

Next day she had hardly got her paws "under the table” when the phone went.    It was Carol to say that BOU’s owner had returned home and was desperate to have her back so home she went.

At the beginning of May 2022 Carol rang again.  Sadly Bou’s owner had become very ill and had been transferred to a nursing home with no hope of returning to her house.  This left Bou homeless.

Fortunately we were able to accommodate her in a pen in the run of six.  She took a while to settle in, hiding behind her bed.

When the new enclosure was completed in May 2023 she was one of the first cats to enjoy the freedom and fresh air it provided but to start with she did this from the vantage point of the roof of her cat cabin. but wasn’t long before she came down interacting with the others and  playing with their toys .

At much the same time a supporter of ours,  who had adopted cats from us in the past, contacted us saying she was looking for another cat.   When we asked what sort of cat she was looking for she said  "The  one that nobody else wants – one eyed, three legged or the one that has been at the sanctuary longest”

Immediately we thought of Bou.   Despite our best efforts  and the help of 2 ladies from the Siamese Cat Society, she was still with us after more than a year/

We arranged  for her to come and meet our residents.   "What lovely cats you have” she said and went away to make her choice.   A few days later she rang to say she would like to adopt Bou.   We were delighted.

The home check went well and she soon returned to take Boo to her new home.

The last we heard Bou was busy helping her new "mum” choose her favourite food !


You may remember that FRANKY came to CLAWS when we were asked by a gentleman in Wokingham to trap and take in a cat that had been living in his garden for some long time.
It was a beautiful ginger boy and once he had settled in we took him to the vet for a check up. He thought he was about 6 years old.   He had been neutered but not chipped and needed a dental.

He is a gentle boy and soon made friends with the other cats.

When visiting the sanctuary a supporter of ours, who had adopted cats from us before, took a shine to him and offered him a home. It wasn’t long before he was off to his new home to join Chrissie, the cat from Cliveden, and the two other resident cats.

Sadly he didn’t get on with the other cats so he came back to CLAWS. So then we started looking for a home for him where he would be the only cat.
A lady had been looking at our web site as her mother had recently lost her beautiful 16 year old ginger cat.  She has spotted Franky and thought he might fit the bill.    We chatted about him and she went back to her mum who thought he sounded lovely so a visit was arranged.
Although a little reticent at first he soon made his way towards his visitor and introduced himself.   She was smitten !   A couple of days later she rang to say she would like to offer him a home.

A home visit was arranged.   It went well.  What a lucky boy to have such a lovely home with a beautiful garden, backing on to playing fields with woodland beyond.

He stayed with us until after Halloween and Bonfire Night and then went off to his new home.
A few days later his "mum” rang to say he hopped out of the carrying case, had a mooch about and then settled down in the front of the fire for a snooze.

Franky in his new home

Franky   Franky  Franky



At CLAWS we are very lucky as we have our own isolation unit (purchased with money raised by a specially organised fund raising event).

In the summer of 2020 we received a call from a local cat rescue group that had an injured cat needing to be isolated and were unable to take him in.

That was when GREGORY, as we named him, a beautiful big ginger boy, came to CLAWS.  Sadly he had deep puncture wounds in his back and thighs, inflicted by a dog.

We put him in the isolation unit with an igloo, food and water and left him to get used to his new surroundings.    During the following days he settled in quite well – eating, drinking and sleeping.   Slowly but surely the hissing and spitting stopped and his pupils did not dilate when he was spoken to.

 After four weeks he was transferred to a pen in the run of six. He came on in leaps and bounds allowing his carer to stroke his chin and head and then one day he put his head in her hand and purred.  We were elated !

In September 2021 we noticed his left eye was weeping so we took him to the vet.  The eye was cloudy and had a slight cataract but a course of cream applied twice a day soon brought the infection under control and he has been fine ever since.   The left eye remains cloudy but the right one is fine.

About this time we had a phone call from one of our supporters.   Not long ago her mother had lost her beloved cat to cancer.   She was feeling lonely and was looking for a feline companion to keep her company.   Had we a suitable candidate ?

We thought of GREGORY,   He is a gentle boy, and although shy, we felt with time and patience, he would settle in and become a loving feline companion.

So we took him over and introduced them.   He had a quick look round and then went behind the sofa and that is where we left him.

A few days later the lady rang to say that he was doing OK although he did spend a lot of time behind the door.  

The next update was very encouraging – if he was lifted on to his "mum’s” lap he was content to stay there.   She feels sure it won’t be long before he jumps up of his own accord.

Little Rosie

Little Rosie
Little Rosie

A TNR (trapping, neuter and return to site) exercise was in progress in Slough.

Three cats had been trapped.   A helper realised that one was not feral but yet another abandoned domestic.   None of the people involved in the trapping had room for her so they rang CLAWS and we were able to take the cat in.

We took it to the vet for a check-up.   It was a female about a year old and in good health.  We arranged to have her neutered and vaccinated,

We called her "LITTLE ROSIE” to differentiate her from resident cat Rosie.

What a little spitfire !   She marched up and down the run of six pens spitting at all the other cats when all they wanted was to be friendly.   She likes humans and enjoys her cuddles and playing with her toys.

We hadn't considered re-homing her until one of our volunteers tòok a fancy to her and asked if he and his family might adopt her   Because we weren't  certain how she would react to a normal domestic environment it was agreed that she would be fostered first of all.

All went well so she was adopted 

Her new dad takes up the tale :-

"Once she'd been micro-chipped she began to explore the garden.

She is so happy in herself - the change over the last few weeks has been lovely to see.   She has taken over the radiator bed and now sits on our knees.  

She and Athena take turns to creep up on each other  -  it is funny to watch and helps to burn off their excess energy.”

What a transformation !  We are delighted.  It just shows what can be achieved given time, patience and lots of TLC!


Kyra is about 12 years old and has had a very sad life, 8 years of which were spent living in a shed.   Her owner fed her but did not allow her in the house.

When the owner died a gentleman who lived in a nearby property offered her a home but she does not like other cats and therefore did not get on with the resident cat.   So once again she was "out in the cold”.

She was trapped and C.L.A.W.S. was asked to take her in.   What could we do but say "Yes” 

She had been deeply traumatised by her treatment and sat behind her bed in her cat cabin refusing any human contact.    Then she started to peer through the cat flap and eventually ventured out into the pen itself.

It still took a while but gradually she became more confident and relaxed.  

We started to look for a home for her.  It would have to be with an experienced person who would give her time and space and allow her to settle in her own way.  Eighteen months had passed and the right person had not come along.

A supporter who had taken cats needing a special home in the past had recently had to have her beloved companion put to sleep.  She was devastated but said she best way to remember her was to offer another cat a loving home.

Had we such a cat ?    We immediately thought of KYRIA.

A few days later we took her to her new home.  We let her out of her carrier and she immediately disappeared upstairs.   Only a few hours later she came down to have a look round and within 24 hours it was as if she had always been there.


Helen, the lady who looked after Nancy when she was at Cliveden, rang. She was very concerned as she had learned that a couple were leaving shortly and had made no arrangements for the cat they had been keeping an eye on for the last 5 years or so.

Was CLAWS able to help ? What could we say but "Yes ? Beverley went to collect her the day before the couple were due to move.

Chrissie (so called because of the Cliveden connection !) is a beautiful tabby tortie. We think she is about 10 years old.

She soon settled in and made friends with her carer and the other cats.

We took her to Alma for a thorough MOT. Her general health was good but a blood test showed that her blood sugar levels were high, a possible sign of diabetes. We were relieved that when she was re-tested two weeks later it was within normal parameters.

We were delighted when Chrissie found a new home. We had scanned her – there was no chip so we took her to the vet to get her chipped.

When the vet scanned her prior to inserting the microchip, he found that she was already chipped, it was behind her left front elbow.

It had never been registered so we were able to use it to transfer her to her new owner.

She soon settled into her new home, getting to know the other cats and exploring the garden. She spends a lot of time sitting on her mum’s knee which gives them both a great deal of pleasure


In  the spring of 2020 a TRN (trap neuter and return to site)  campaign was launched in Slough. One of the cats that had been trapped and taken in for neutering had cat flue so needed t be confined for two weeks so a course of antibiotics could be administered.  After that he would be transferred to another rescue. 

One of he helpers suggested CLAWS should be contacted as they had an isolation unit.  They rang Beverley, she sad "Yes”and he arrived the same evening. 

We put him in the isolation unit with food, water, a cosy  igloo and litter tray and left him to settle in. When we went to see him next morning he was sheltering behind his igloo, scared but not feral.  His eyes were bright and there was no mucus - we didn’t think he had cat flu but continued to give him his medication.  After a few days we transferred him to a pen in the run of six.

He is a lively lad, but a bit of a rascal as initially he had a tendency to "square up” to the other cats but he soon settled down and began to enjoy life.   

We took him to the vet for a check up,  He was about 3years old and in good health  We called him BRAD.

Earlier this year Sally and Don came to see us.  Recently one of their cats had been put to sleep - that meant they only had six  (at one time they had had 10!) "So we thought we’d  pop in to see if you had any that might suit us”  We took them out to introduce them to the residents.    Sally liked Brad and Don liked Panda.”That’s alright isn’t it Don ?   We can take both of them”  can’t we”  As they had done when they adopted Jet and Darcy and  Cooper and Sasha.

Due to previous commitments they were unable to take them until June.   So just the other day them came to collect them.  We watched  BRAD (now called MISHCA - which means Little Bear in Russian) and PANDA set off to their home with mixed feelings.  We were delighted they had such a wonderful home but we would miss them.

STOP PRESS   Mischa and Boots were taken to their own room which had been prepared for them.   Sandra kept a watchful eye on them and a good job she did as they disappeared up the chimney !  She persuaded them to come down and Don blocked it off.

They are settling down and beginning to explore the house and meet the members of their new family.


In July 2020  VALERIE., a long time supporter of CLAWS got in touch.  Over the years she had rescued many strays that had made their way into her garden. She would have been happy to offer a home to the latest one but unfortunately  the elderly resident cat (a feisty  tortoiseshell diva) had other ideas.  The new arrival was not welcome.

She took him to the vet for a check up and had him neutered and then , reluctantly, because she had grown very fond of him, rang CLAWS and we agreed to take him in.

She had called him PANDA a beautiful big black boy about  6 years old and very, very friendly - so friendly that when our photographer tried to take his photo all she got was his nose on the lens !

He soon made friends with Brad and they became best mates, even curling up in the same bed.

Earlier in the year Sally and Don had come to see us.  Recently one of their cats had been put to sleep - that meant they only had six  (at one time they had had 10!) "So we thought we’d  pop in to see if you had any that might suit us”  We took them out to introduce them to the residents.    Sally liked Brad and Don liked Panda.”That’s alright isn’t it Don ?   We can take both of them”    As they had done when they adopted Jet and Darcy and  Cooper and Sasha.

Due to previous commitments they were unable to take them until June.   So just the other day them came to collect them.  We watched  BRAD (now called MISHCA  which means Little Bear in Russian) and PANDA (now called BOOTS) set off to their new home with mixed feelings.  We are delighted they have such  wonderful home but we will miss them.

STOP PRESS   Mischa and Boots were taken to their own room which had been prepared for them.   Sandra kept a watchful eye on them and a good job she did as they disappeared up the chimney !  She persuaded them to come down and Don blocked it off.

They are settling down and beginning to explore the house and meet the members of their new family.


Do you remember Bruce ?

He was one of the "feral” cats C.LA.W.S. had helped trap with the idea of relocating them to a local farm.   When we went to collect them one was in a cage, wild as can be, whilst one of the nurses was carrying the other one around in her arms – he was on his back with his legs in the air !   "You won’t put this one on the farm will you ? " There was only one answer to that wasn’t there ?   "Of course not”   So where did he go ?  Bear  Cottage.

We called him BRUCE and think he is about 10 years old,   His general health is good – he weighed in at a healthy 5 kilos   - but is blind in one eye.

As time went by we became increasingly concerned about it.  It looked "angry” so we took him to the vet for a check up.  And just as well we did as, when examined under sedation, it was found to be badly infected and full of puss.   He was put on a course of antibiotics and surgery delayed until the infection was under control.

Rather than "waste” the anaesthetic the vet carried out a dental as Bruce had a number of teeth which needed attention.
He had his rescheduled operation at the beginning of January.   It went well and he made a good recovery.   When he went for his check up the vet, who had not met him before, was very smitten as he purred loudly throughout the consultation.

The phone rang   It was Peter who has been a friend of C.L.A.W.S. for many years.  You may remember that he lost his beloved Ginny last year.   She was in her 21st year and they had been together for 12 years.   At that time he felt couldn’t bear to go through such an awful experience again.

We kept in touch and sent him copies of our newsletter.   It was in the December 2019 edition that he spotted Bruce and he felt attracted to this dear boy.

Not wishing to rush into anything he waited until early February to get in touch.
We invited him to come round and meet Bruce.   He arrived carrying a cat basket !   We told him as much as we knew about Bruce and then took him to meet him.   They got on well and Peter was all set to take him home there and then.    However, it was agreed that we would deliver to him to his new home in a few days time once he had been flead and wormed.

The day came and we put Bruce and all his paraphernalia into the van and set off on the short journey to his new home.   Peter was there to meet him.

We took him into the lounge and opened his carrier.   He made no attempt to get out but sat there surveying his new surroundings with interest.   Beverley lifted him out gently and he made his way behind the sofa in a leisurely manner and stretched out for a rest.
So we left them to get to know each other and are hopefully that Peter will be in touch with good news soon.

Peter rang "Bruce is settling in nicely – far quicker than Ginny did.  He sat on my knee the first evening he was here.”

He then added "He’s being having a go at the back of the large sofa but I am sure that the scratching post that Beverley dropped off will sort that out”   We do hope so !

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