All our cats are given a veterinary health check, neutered, vaccinated, treated for parasites and microchipped upon coming into our care.
Our cattery provides a place of peace and safety where the cats can recover at their own pace.
They have comfortable beds, regular food and treatment for their injuries and ailments.
The cats have access to a large, sunny outdoor recreation area.
It can take many months of careful TLC to gain the trust of a traumatised cat.
The process is never hurried. We adopt an initial “hands off’ approach with just kind words and tempting food until they gain confidence.
Gradually, the cats will come out of their shell – usually making tentative advances towards us at feeding time, weaving around our legs and eventually allowing us to stroke them.
And finally the very first purr ….. a beautiful moment of trust that makes the hard work so worthwhile.
A large proportion of the of the cats that come into our care are un-neutered tom cats.
They live a solitary life roaming the streets in search of females to mate with.
Food is scarce, fighting with other cats is common often causing, serious, long term injury. Tom cats create problems by entering into peoples property, territory marking (spraying urine ) scavenging food and fighting with domestic pets.
They are often subjected to cruelty from humans and this, in turn, causes them to become wary and antisocial towards people. They also face great danger, when roaming, of road traffic accidents.
Stray female cats have an equally difficult life. Often un-spayed they are hounded by un-neutered males and produce several litters of kittens each year. They give birth in quite places- within undergrowth, disused outbuildings and under sheds.
Rearing their young is hard with little food and all the dangers of the wild to contend with.
Left to breed indiscriminately large colonies of feral cats will quickly form. This results in nuisance to the public, the spread of feline diseases and numerous environmental problems.
Cat Welfare Sussex specialise in humanely trapping nervous and feral cats either individually, in small groups or large colonies.
We also assist with domestic cats that have temperament problems and show aggressive behaviour towards people.
Cat Welfare Sussex always require permanent, caring homes for our cats
We are looking for experienced cat owners with patience, understanding and a quiet home environment, preferably with access to a safe garden.
The cats (once neutered) get on well together and often form friendships with their fellow felines. When two cats become particularly close -we will always endeavour to re home them together.
Due to their past circumstances, our cats do not make good family pets for busy households with children.
We do not re home our cats into short term rental accommodation or multi occupancy properties.
Cat Welfare Sussex always require rural homes for our feral cats.
The charity aim to fully rehabilitate our cats into domestic homes, where possible, but some feral cats are just to wild to be tamed and would not adjust to living a domestic life.
However, these cats make excellent ‘Rodent Patrollers’ for farms, stables, smallholdings or similar where they can live a free and natural life in the countryside.
In exchange for regular food and suitable shelter the cats will carry out a useful job of work, keeping premises rodent free and reducing the use of harmful poisons and bait.
It is advisable to have at least two cats to successfully control rodents in a rural area.
The cats will need to be fed daily and require a weatherproof barn, stable or suitable outbuilding to reside in.
It is important that the cats are contained in a safe enclosed indoor area for approx three weeks, on arrival, whilst they adjust to their new surroundings.
If you can offer a home to our cats either domestic or feral or would like further information- Please telephone us on 01273 423861.
If we are unavailable please leave a message with a convenient time for us to return your call. Please note -we do not enter into adoption requests via email or other forms of social media.
Visits to our cattery are by appointment to approved adopters only.
Whilst we do not participate in Work Experience or Voluntary Schemes, at our cattery, volunteers are always needed to assist with fund raising.