They are the most overlooked cats in Sussex, but animal rescue staff are determined to find new homes for five lonely moggies this Christmas.
Timmy, Tori, Daisy and two called Poppy are among the longest-staying pets at Cat Protection’s national cat adoption centre in Chelwood Gate, near Haywards Heath.
But staff say they are hoping their luck will change and new homes will finally be found for the five.
Having been at the centre since May, seven-year-old Poppy is the puss that has spent the longest time looking for a home, but all have been at the centre for at least two months.
Adoption centre deputy manager Karen Thompson said: “We work really hard to make every cat’s time with us as comfortable as possible. We have volunteers that come in to fuss the cats, rotate toys and try to provide an interesting and stimulating environment for them.
“But whatever we do, there is no substitute for a home of their own, and these five cats are now desperately in need of that special place.
“It is always heart-breaking to see lovely cats with great personalities be passed by time and time again by prospective owners. But it’s especially hard at Christmas to think of these unwanted cats having to wait even longer to meet the right owner.”
The five lonely cats include six-year-old Timmy who has been at the centre since September when he came in because he didn’t get on with another cat in the household. Centre staff say he is a shy puss that can be nervous but will lavish love and attention on anyone who spends time coaxing him out of his shell. He would suit a quieter home with no other pets.
Tori is a stray who was handed in to the centre in September after being found wandering the streets. Thought to be five-years-old, she enjoys being fussed and is very playful. She needs a home where she will be the only cat so she can soak up all the attention, say staff.
Daisy is a tortoiseshell who has been at the centre since June when her owners moved and could no longer keep her. She is five-years-old, very affectionate and playful. Say staff: “She has a great sense of fun and her new owners will need to remember to keep the bathroom door closed as is very keen on playing with rolls of toilet paper.”
Black-and-white Poppy, 7, has been at the centre since May when she became unsettled in her previous home because it was very busy. She needs a quieter, calm home to relax, where she will be the only pet.
Eleven-year-old tabby Poppy was handed in because she was unsettled by a dog in the household. She has been at the centre since September and will need a home where she can be the only pet. She can be nervous at first but once she feels settled she is confident, friendly and affectionate.
To find out more about any of the cats at the National Cat Adoption Centre, visit the centre or get in touch email firstname.lastname@example.org