C-L-A-W-S Success Stories
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.
STOP PRESS !
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 !
Boris soon after arrival
Boris playing with Sophia
A cat had been coming into the garden of one of our supporters from time to time for about a year and more recently had taken up permanent residence, even sleeping in one of their cat’s outdoor beds. The lady thought it might have been abandoned when the people two streets away moved away..
This caused their cat and them a great deal of stress so they got in touch with C.L.A.W.S. to ask for help.
We leant them a trap and a few days we received a phone call to say "He’s in the trap” and within a short while they brought him over. They had called him Boris !!
We put him in a pen and left him to settle down. He was very nervous and hid behind his bed popping up to hiss at us when we went in to feed him. Gradually he began to calm down and let his carer approach him and even stroke him before retreating behind his bed.
We took him to Alma to be neutered and given a thorough MOT. His chest was slightly congested, probably because he had been living "rough” for a long time, but it soon responded to an antibiotic injection. Apart from that he was in good health. The vet thought he was about 7 years old. Subsequently he has been micro-chipped and vaccinated
Whilst Beverley is recovering from her knee operation Cat Nannies have been coming in twice a day to feed the cats.
Boris took an immediate shine to Rikki. He launched a charm offensive and as a result won a new home. He prefers to spend time playing with her than eating his food ! Who could resist ? Certainly not Rikki. It was love at first sight ! She carried him round making a tremendous fuss of him. She brought her daughter over to meet him and they got on well too. It was then that the possibility of offering him a home was raised.
Rikki’s husband was happy to welcome him to the household.
Their garden was enclosed and had been fitted with Pet Protect (see photo) which meant that he could not escape. A home check was arranged. It went well.
So on 15th February (a particularly auspicious time as the next week was half term which meant they could all spend lots of time together) Boris went to his new home.
Boris’s determination was rewarded and we wish him a long and happy life with his new family.
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Jemma, Rikki’s sister and the other half of Cat Nannies, arrived the following morning with great news !
He shouted all the way home in the car, hopped out of his basket and had a mooch around. Jumped up on the sofa for a snooze then went upstairs and played with Rikki’s daughter on her bed.
A friend came round to meet him She sat on the sofa and he jumped up on her lap and rolled over to have his tummy tickled.
All this was recorded by Rikki on her phone. As she said "It’s as if he’s always been with us”
Each day the news gets better and better. What a charmer !
When Mandy, her owner, went to university BOO, aged about 9 years, stayed in the family home with her mum, Lucy,
Lucy worked full time and with the imminent arrival of her first grandchild, Mandy would need to be on hand to help with the new arrival which would mean frequent travel and time away from home. As a result, Lucy decided that BOO should be re-homed so contacted Mel and asked if she could help her with finding a new home for Boo and she said "Yes”.
Boo has been in care for 8 months. We were keen to re-home her, particularly as she preferred to be an only cat and didn’t feel "at home” with the other resident cats. She is a beautiful, playful and affectionate girl who would benefit immensely from a loving home.
Recently Mel was approached by a lady from the local stables who was looking for a cat.
She lived in a cottage with a lovely garden with a studio at the bottom in a rural location and the only other member of the family was a 90 year old tortoise which had been passed down through the family for a number of generations.
Nikki came to meet her. It was love at first sight and she offered Boo a home there and then. ! A home check was arranged which went well.
And so Boo went to her new home. She jumped out of her carrying case and shot under the sofa – but she wasn’t there for long. She emerged to explore and play with the toys (and eat the treats) her new owner had thoughtfully distributed round the house. There was even a box with her name on it !
Later the same evening we received the first update. Boo had worked her way up stairs, jumped on the bed and was fast asleep.
We are so pleased that this sweet cat has found a loving home.
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Mel saw Nikki at the stables and she is absolutely thrilled with Boo. She purrs all the time, plays and sits next to her on the sofa.
When her owner died POPPY, aged 14, was homeless, underweight (only 2 kilos) and arthritic. Poor Poppy !
We took her in and it wasn’t long before she was exploring her new surroundings and letting us stroke her, always returning to her "secure place” behind a chest of drawers ! She is a friendly little girl and was soon rolling on her back for us to tickle her tummy.
We took her to the vet for a thorough MOT who prescribed pain relief for her arthritis (which we mix in her food daily – it disappears in no time as she is a good trencher cat !) ) and said she had rarely seen an elderly cat in such good shape.
The appointment of another vet at Alma, whose specialism is pain management, including acupuncture, prompted us to ask if acupuncture might help Poppy. Yes, it might. One of our supporters, who had benefitted from acupuncture herself, offered to fund the treatment. It has made a great difference to Poppy. Although she still "limps, the vet says her muscles are more relaxed which reduces the pain level. She now has a treatment every 3 – 4 weeks.
She became a firm favourite at Alma and caused great amusement as she had no sooner been lain on the electro-magnetic mat and the first needle placed than she lay down and went to sleep – the perfect patient !.
It was during these visits that one of the nurses got to know her and grew very fond of her. We were delighted when she offered Poppy a home where we know she will be very happy and much loved.
It was with mixed feelings that we said "Goodbye” to her – pleasure that she had found a wonderful home tinged with sadness as we shall miss her.
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Less than 24 hours after she went to her new home we received the first bulletin. She had slept all night in her igloo, was eating well and settling into her new home.
Wonderful news ! She is such a sweetheart !
Sasha and Cooper
COOPER AND SASHA GO TO THEIR NEW HOME
It was late one Sunday afternoon when the door bell rang at Bear Cottage. Who could it be? When we opened the door we were delighted to see Sally and Don, long time friends of C.L.A.W.S., who had adopted a number of our cats over the years, the most recent being Jet and Darcy.
Sally explained that they "only” had 6 cats (10 is the norm !) at the moment, having lost a couple lately so thought they would come to see if we had any suitable candidates. We introduced them to Cooper and Sally was immediately smitten. Then we took them out into the pens and Don said he liked Sasha (and Sasha liked him !) "Well, that’s OK” said Sally "we’ll take both of them, won’t we Don” ? And he agreed.
We are thrilled as they will have a wonderful home – caring, experienced owners and a large, three storey house and large secure garden and lots of playmates !
Sally and Don were off on holiday in October so it was agreed that the boys would stay with us until their return which would give us time to complete their vaccinations and continue with Sasha’s treatment for dermatitis.
As a first step we transferred Cooper into the pens with Sasha so they could get to know each other before meeting their new house mates. Initially we kept them separate although in adjoining pens but gradually introduced them to each other. At first Sasha wondered what had hit him as an exuberant Cooper just couldn’t wait to make friends and nearly knocked him off his paws. Things calmed down and they became friends.
Don came to collect them and as we watched them set off to their new home we had mixed feelings – we were delighted but knew we would miss them very much : they are delightful boys.
The latest report is that Cooper bounced straight out of his carrying basket and dashed off to explore and play with his new friends. Typical Cooper ! Sasha, always the shyer of the two, was unsure what to make of this strange new place and all the resident cats so he made his way upstairs and sought refuge in the wash basin in the bathroom which remains his refuge. He has started to come downstairs so given time we are sure all will be well
Mary was abandoned by her original owners when they moved so she "adopted” a gentleman some years ago. Subsequently he moved and couldn’t take her with him so she came into care. She is a sweet natured cat and soon settled into her new surroundings.
We thought she was about 8 years old but when we took her to the vet for a check- up and her first vaccination he thought she was younger – possibly about 5.
We featured her in Pets’ Corner in the Maidenhead Advertiser and had a good response. She needed a quiet home without children and an owner with plenty of time to spend with her as she likes company and being made a fuss of.
We took people on a "first come first served basis” and the very first home check proved to be successful.
So now Mary has a lovely new home with a lady who is also called Mary !
The day after she moved in her new owner sent us an E-mail : -
"Mary has settled in so well. She’s drinking, eating, playing and sleeping well.
She has inspected all the rooms and furniture in the bungalow! She’s a delight and more than I could have hoped for. She’ll be looked after and loved so much.
I’ll e-mail again soon and thank you so much.”
We are delighted and wish them many happy years together.
ANGIE was awarded a red rosette for reaching her target weight.
She was unimpressed by this but her eyes lit up when she was told she could have an extra half a pouch of wet food a day !
She lost 700 grms in 7 months, a total of 20% of her body weight.
She was very good throughout bearing in mind what a little spit fire she had been (and still is occasionally !
Casper aka Domino
The help line rang : it was the owner of a local cattery asking for our help in trapping a cat that had turned up at his premises. He suspected it was a feral from a local stables where it had been placed to control the rodent population.
It was trapped that same day and, as a temporary measure, was put in a pen at Bear Cottage pending its onward transmission to a farm.
It soon became apparent that it was not a feral but yet another abandoned domestic as within a few days it was out and about in its pen making friends with its carers. We gave it time to settle and then took it to the vet to have an MOT and to see if it were chipped : it wasn’t. It was a young unneutered male about 2 years old, fit and healthy.
We called him DOMINO.
Over the past few months he has settled in and made friends with the other cats : he is an engaging lad , very vocal and full of mischief. He loves to chase Ziva. She takes refuge on the top of her scratching post with Domino hovering at its base. You can almost hear her saying "Now what are you going to do ?” !
He has learned to play and likes toys that involve interaction with his carer. He is particularly fond of a brightly striped "snake” of material attached to a handle.
We thought he would benefit from a little longer at C.L.A.W.S. but when a couple rang asking if we had an indoor cat and seemed "to fit the bill” for the type of home we wanted for Domino we decided to proceed.
They came to meet him and, after retreating to his bedroom for a short time, he emerged and allowed the lady to stroke him and even rolled over on his back to have his tummy tickled ! They were captivated by him and said they would love to offer him a home.
We did the home check next day and it went well.
So off he went to his new home and to celebrate he was given a new name -CASPER.
We are sure that he will be much loved and very spoiled !
Recently we received an update from his "mum” : -
" Casper is fine, he’s loving his food and sleeping on the bed. He’s still very chatty and loves attention.”
As well as finding loving homes for cats and kittens, C.L.A.W.S. also provides life-long care for cats that cannot be re-homed because they are too old, unwell or have been abused.
VIOLET was the most seriously abused of the 20 cats we brought in in 2014. Nothing much changed for the next couple of years (she continued to cower behind her igloo in the furthest reaches of her bedroom - hence her name "shrinking” violet !!)
The breakthrough came when she and 2 other cats were transferred to the new enclosure. She was a changed cat – spending most of her days outside enjoying her new found freedom.
Recently she and Joules (collectively known as the chalet girls) have been transferred to the golden oldies home. She now jumps for joy when she sees her breakfast coming (fish !!) and comes to the fence to receive a gentle stroke.
It is so rewarding to see this badly damaged cat come into her own.
If you would like to make a donation towards Violet’s care and other cats just like her please ring SUE on the C.L.A.W.S. helpline 01189341699
THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN PETS’ CORNER IN THE MAIDENHEAD ADVERTISER ON 27 DECEMBER+
15 cats were found in a house – unneutered, interbred and un-socialised. C.L.A.W.S. was asked to help and that is when ANGELINA came into our lives.
We called her Angie. She is a tiny little tot, still under a year old, but with a BIG personality. She was a "force to be reckoned with”, squaring up to cats twice her size. Her mood was not improved because she was on a diet which she considered the ultimate insult.
Fleur, who had been fostered by Sue for the last year, was also on a diet.
Therefore it seemed logical for them to be together so in a moment of madness Sue asked Beverley what she thought of Angie coming to live with her and Fleur. She said YES and the rest is history.
Sue takes up the tale : -
I had arranged for a "screen door” to be installed between the kitchen and the lounge which meant that they were secure when people came and went via the back door and it gave me peace of mind.
I took her carrying basket into the lounge and released her – and waited with bated breath ! Nothing daunted she marched round the lounge to see what was going on. Fleur’s face was a picture – what was this little whipper snapper doing on her territory? I had already explained to her that Angie was only a little girl that had had a rough start in life so she had to be kind to her – umm !!!
Of course, we have had a number of spats (and spits !!) but on the whole the transition has gone much more smoothly than expected (Beverley and I knew it was a "high risk strategy” but thought that the benefits of success far outweighed the possibility of failure)
Fleur likes to sit on the back of the sofa so she can look out of the window. The sight of her tail gently waving is too much for Angie – she just has to jump up and catch it. On one occasion she leapt so high she knocked Fleur off – what a kerfuffle !!
She also lies in wait behind the curtains and leaps out at Fleur as she passes by. She has so much energy !
She knows when she has pushed her luck and rushes to the far end of the lounge and leaps on a chair, out of harm’s way ! We now call this the "naughty corner” !
There is still a long way to go but the prospects are looking good. Angie has been good for Fleur who is learning to "stand her corner” and Angie is becoming less combative as she realises she is safe.
A tiny little tot with the heart of a lion – you just have to love her !
Monty went to his new home on 1 December – a wonderful start to the festive season for all his friends at C.L.A.W.S.
You may remember that MONTY is a youthful 13 year old who won all hearts with his loving nature and winning ways.
As a kitten he was homed by C.L.A.W.S. in 2005. In 2018 a change in domestic circumstances meant that he could no longer stay in the home where he had spent 13 happy years. Poor Monty !
He returned to C.L.A.W.S. in July 2018. He has been such a good boy settling into his new environment with the minimum of fuss.
A lady was looking for a cat for her elderly mum. She went on to the C.L.A.W.S. web site and spotted Monty. She thought he would be perfect for her mum so rang the C.L.A.W.S. help line for more information. "All he wants is to be made a fuss of” Sue told her and "All my mum wants is a loving companion”. She downloaded Monty’s photo and said she would show it to her mum and tell her all about him when she saw her the next day.
She rang back to say her mum was interested so a home check was arranged. The lady lived in a sheltered housing complex in a very quiet area which backs on to a golf course. The manager of the unit was very supportive – there were several other animals there and she herself had a little dog.
It wasn’t long before the phone rang again. It was the lady’s daughter to say that her mum wanted to offer Monty a home.
Beverley carried him into the lounge and lifted him out. He announced his arrival with a few of his trademark "rusty” shouts, walked round, went under a chair, said "Hello” to Beverley and I in passing and jumped on his new "mum’s” lap and started to purr.
And he was still there when we left half an hour later. We were amazed – neither of us had seen a cat settle into new surroundings so quickly ! Happy owner ! Happy Monty ! Perfect !
We wish them a long and happy life together.
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We received an E-mail from Monty’s owner’s daughter who wrote : -
"Mum is delighted with him and he has settled in brilliantly – last update was that he is now venturing upstairs in the morning.”
When ABBEY, about 5 years old, came to C.L.A.W.S. in the summer of 2014 she was deeply traumatised. She had had no interaction with the human race and rejected any attempt to connect with her.
Over the last three years there had been some improvement but she remained very shy.
Recently she had to have a dental, and so she could have peace and quiet to recover, we put her in a pen on her own.
The change was amazing ! She started to greet her carers when they came to see her and then she extended her neck for a stroke and pushed her head into their hands. It wasn’t long before she was out of her "bedroom” and taking an interest in what was going on around her.
Then we had an enquiry from a couple who had seen her photo and details on the web site and were interested in offering her a home. The home visit went well and they came to meet her. They got on very well and offered her a home straightaway. Several more visits followed and then the day came when she went to her new home.
After just a few days we received an E-mail from her owners : -
"Abbey is eating well has found and used the litter tray, has located her bedding on the armchair as well as trying out other locations. She uses the scratching post and has had a thorough search of our downstairs area. The search included not only floor level but scaling all furniture (no problem for us). She has also been playing with the peacock feather that we brought home with her as well as a mouse and two balls which we had at home.
Dreamies (not too many) have played a part in the settling in process but she really is a lovely girl and a 'bit of a character'. We are allowing her to approach us and her progress only over a couple of days shows great spirit and courage on her part.
A few days later there was more good news : -
She has continued to settle in and is now familiar with the whole house. She went upstairs for the first time on Saturday morning and has thoroughly explored it. She particularly enjoys running up the flights of stairs and jumping onto the window sills in the bedrooms to watch the world from a height Having determined for herself that she is the only occupant (other than the two of us), Abbey seems to recognise the house as her territory.
She climbs across us in bed to jump onto the window sill at night. She clearly isn't worried by us in any way (no running away and hiding) although contact is on her terms.”
Abbey has been allowed to settle in at her own pace – very important when a cat is being introduced to a new environment - and is making excellent progress. We are so pleased that this gentle cat has found the loving home she so deserves.
Cat Lovers Animal Welfare Society
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PO Box 1646, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 3TL
Telephone 01189 341699