Help us rehome these cats!

Fred and Frieda do not usually like having their picture taken but on this occasion Frieda didn’t mind saying ‘cheese.’ Both tabbies, they are the best of friends and are to be homed together. Both from a multi-cat household, they are not used to direct human contact, although they will tolerate being around people and the occasional stroke. They are best suited to a quieter home where they can come and go at their leisure, with a garden and shelter. They are used to a cat flap and coming in for their food, also laying in front of the fire during the winter. Fred and Frieda, who came into the Centre in April last year, will in time feel more comfortable and confident and settle down with their new owner.

Frieda (1)

Star was born in a multi-cat household and rescued from the poor conditions by an RSPCA Inspector. At first Star was nervous and defensive with staff but he has improved greatly. He loves his food and this has been a great way to build up his trust—he now enjoys a quick cuddle at mealtimes!

Star (2)

Last summer staff introduced a friend to Star to keep him company, Sapphire, a young female who was brought into Southridge in March last year by one of the Inspectors after being found outside in a poor state looking after a litter of very young kittens. Sapphire was not used to being handled and it was when her kittens were weaned that she joined Star.


Star and Sapphire, who must be homed together, are just two poor cats who through lack of handling are now paying the price of being unwanted among their many cute and cuddly companions.

Poor Coco was abandoned with a group of other cats and left to give birth in someone’s garden. Understandably she’s very nervous and not used to lots of people around her. Coco is now friends with Blossom, who was also pregnant and came from the same place. They are to be homed together.

Coco and Blossom 3
Coco & Blossom

Danielle Lockwood, Cattery Manager at Southridge, said :”It is cats like these we have the most difficulty finding homes for, the ones that are not used to being handled.

“They either come from multi-cat households where they have been left to overbreed and grow up with little individual care and attention,or they have grown up in an outdoor environment with little human contact, often a litter of kittens born to a stray mum. This results in domestic cats that are too afraid to interact with people but who are also dependant on people for their daily needs. 

“These cats need a quiet and calm home, with a little space to call their own while they settle and adjust to a normal life. They need kind and understanding owners. Many quickly learn to trust their owner and start to enjoy being handled. A few may always keep their distance but lead a happy and content life. It is important that anyone considering these special cats is happy with either outcome. These cats are generally very good with other cats, usually fine with calm dogs, but not suitable to live with children.”