Meet our ‘Golden Oldies’

We have a number of ‘Golden Oldies’ and ‘long term foster cats’ – cats who cannot be homed either due to their age or medical issues.

Read their stories, below.

If you can help to ‘sponsor’ one of these cats (helping towards their food and vets bills), or if you would like to make a donation towards their care, please click here http://www.coventrycatgroup.org.uk/donate-new/sponsor-a-golden-oldie

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Mindy came about 4 years ago at the age of 15. A rotund little black and white lady, whose owners were leaving the area. She settled remarkably well and made freinds with others, despite having lived alone. About a year after she arrived, she started to loose weight, vomiting with upset tummy, the vet and myself thought the worst. She became very ill but nothing was obvious. Thinking it was a hidden tumour but not certain, she was given a chance and treated for an ulcer/inflamed gut. She immediately picked up and put all her weight back on, she became happy and contented again . My vet was amazed (as was I). However, she remains on treatment of steriods and antibiotics as this keeps her problems stable.
She is now ancient and loves the fire, my fish dinner juice, ice cream bowl lick outs and being spoilt. Mindy is slowing down due to her very senior years but loves curling up with the others on the sofa and lying with her head on someones knee. She sometimes has an “accident” whilst getting to the tray but we forgive her that, it’s not very often!

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Simba, Black, semi long hair, approx 14yrs. She is very affectionate, very persistent and came with her friend Disney, who was very old and ill and died a week after they arrived, about 4 years ago. Their owner had died. Simba loves people and also loves to get the other cats to wash her, which they do, surprisingly . When she arrived, she looked huge, but we quickly discovered that she was matted, some parts like paper mache. She let us dematt her without displaying any aggression We combed, cut, shaved, prised and brushed the matts out (using every grooming device known to man or cat for that matter) while she sat, gritting her teeth, maybe, but calm. That sums Simba up really, calm, never aggressive in any way. She is just getting to that age now though where age related problems may soon start.

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Miri, a black boy of about 12yrs onwards. He was one of our “founders” cats, who came into the shelter when she died. He started with weight loss and was diagnosed with Kidney failure, for which he needs careful monitoring and permanent daily tablets. So he came here. He was quite distant, poorly at first, but settled quickly and eats well, rules everyone. Loves the outdoors, but the fire more! A very affectionate “bad boy”!
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Billy.  A beautiful big black and white gent. who arrived before Christmas and settled immediately and it seems like he has always been here.  His carer had to give him up due to going into sheltered accommodation.. He thought he was 18yrs but had not always had him. On investigating his microchip details, he could be anything from 15yrs onwards.  He arrived with milinary excema, the vet treated him. It will be an ongoing problem as we don’t think it is flea related, but time will tell.  He is a lovely personality and  a friendly chap.

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Lottie and her siblings Lulu, William and Womble were born in August 2011. Their mother Lois had been made homeless whilst heavily pregnant when her owner died and no one wanted to take her in. CCG Trustee and Fosterer Nicky took Lois home and settled her into a kittening pen. Just a week later she gave birth to 6 small and very weak kittens. Sadly, two of them died within a few days. Three weeks later it became obvious that Lottie was developing very differently to her siblings. Her head swayed from side to side dramatically and she had trouble walking in a straight line. Angie and Judith were summoned, and a visit to the vet was arranged. Ross confirmed that Lottie had been born with neurological damage caused during development in the womb which was stable but not treatable. In his words, Lottie was worth fighting for but would either “thrive, or break your heart”. We decided to let nature take its course, and to our amazement she survived being weaned onto kitten food, and began to grow stronger. Her head sway became less obvious as her neck muscles strengthened, but when she was spayed the vet found that she has a heart murmur and also cataracts in both eyes. This made rehoming her even more of a task as she was not suitable for a home with children, and needed to be somewhere stable and quiet. It was decided that she would stay with Nicky long term as she was settled with her, and had other cats and the dogs for company. She knows the house and routine and is more than able to hold her own, explore and play. She still sways when she walks, and often circles whilst doing it as if she`s trying to decide what to do!Last May she had a freak accident one Saturday night in the house and broke and dislocated her back leg. Another trip to Ross the vet for advice meant 6 weeks on strict cage rest whilst it mended, as we felt major surgery was not in her best interests due to her disabilities. She soon adjusted to life back on the kitchen table, gourmet food on tap, with her friend Lily lying next to her for company. She`s back to normal now, able to climb and run just as before.

Lottie has a good quality of life, she has company, room to play and last summer was strong enough to go out into the garden under strict supervision for a few hours. She is not a lap cat, rather likes to watch from a safe distance and has a very determined streak. Her favourite toy is the ball track, she spends hours pushing it round and watching and waiting for it to come back to her. A remarkable little cat, strong in spirit and determination to get the most out of life.

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The lovely Friday, so called as he was found straying around TGI Friday’s in Binley! A gorgeous big cat, friendly and fussy, but unable to be homed due to his habit of pooping in his sleep – bless him! Now living happily with a long-term foster carer and supported by Coventry Cat Group.

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