Battersea Old Windsor’s ‘Golden Oldies’ looking for the greatest Christmas present of all - a family

22 DECEMBER 2016

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Old Windsor is asking people to consider giving an older cat a home in time for Christmas. 
Battersea Old Windsor is concerned that its older feline residents are being overlooked in favour of younger cats and kittens, especially in the lead-up to Christmas.  
Battersea Old Windsor Cattery Team Leader Caroline Shilton says: “Kittens are undoubtedly cute, but older cats have so much going for them and taking one on can be extremely rewarding. Anyone thinking of adding a furry friend to their family should definitely consider giving a more ‘mature’ feline a home. Rehoming an older cat is so rewarding and they make the purr-fect pet for many people.  Older cats are generally less demanding than youngsters and need less supervision, and they love a lap to curl up on with regular food and affection. 
“Cats regularly live into their late teens, so most of our golden oldies will have many years of life and love to give a potential owner. At Christmas- as with any other time of the year- it’s important to remember that even an older cat is a long-term commitment and they’ll be with you for long after the festive season.” 
Battersea Old Windsor currently has the following older felines who are looking for a home.
Teeny: Battersea’s oldest resident, 14-year-old Teeny was brought into the shelter as her owner sadly fell ill and could no longer take care of her. This tortoiseshell adores being fussed over and she could happily live with older children. These days, this snuggler prefers the sofa to the great outdoors and doesn’t mind staying inside for most of the day. Teeny still has so much to offer and will make a loyal and loving companion to whoever is lucky enough to take her home. 

Bella: Lovely Bella has come into Battersea twice now, as family members in both her homes turned out to be allergic to cats. But the staff and volunteers at Battersea are hoping it will be a case of third time lucky for this black beauty. This nine-year-old is a sweet and sensitive soul, so her new owners will need to give her a bit of time to adjust to her new home. Once Bella feels safe and trusts you, she is an affectionate girl who loves being stroked and groomed. She’s a perfect companion cat and loves to sit with you and have a fuss. 
Millie: Beautiful eight-year-old Millie’s long, tortoiseshell coat certainly makes her stand out from the crowd. Through no fault of her own, this is Millie’s second time at Battersea. She was brought back to the shelter because her owners’ circumstances changed and they were no longer able to look after her. Millie enjoys being stroked and groomed, but also likes to have her own space- preferably in a nice sunny spot! This lovely cat will be a great addition to any home. 
Sushi: With her gorgeous green eyes and distinctive black and white coat, it’s impossible not to be captivated by Sushi. This beautiful 14-years-old was brought into the Home as a stray, so we don’t know much about her history. However, she clearly loves people and she’s looking for someone to snuggle with in her twilight years. 
Harry: Sweet nine-year-old Harry hasn’t been lucky in life so far. He’s been passed around through numerous homes and his unstable upbringing means he can be a bit shy around new people. But once he gets to know you, this black and white puss has lots of love to give. Harry’s looking for a calm, quiet home where he can relax and enjoy a steady pace of life. 
If you can offer any of Battersea Old Windsor’s ‘Golden Oldies’ a home in time for Christmas please call 01784 494460 or visit Battersea Old Windsor is open throughout Christmas and New Years, but closed for rehoming on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.