The purr-illiant name game!

These cats creatively named after other animals are looking for their forever homes

The RSPCA rescued more than 30,000 cats last year and with thousands of cats across its centres and branches at any one time, the charity’s staff have to be creative when giving them names.

This means there is a surprising trend of cats being named after other animals from birds of prey to primates which certainly helps them stand out from the crowd with these paw-some names…

Black and white cat Penguin is at RSPCA Southall Cattery in London. He was brought into the centre on October 6 after he was found roaming around Lewisham. He had taken to hiding in gardens after his original owner had died. A neighbour noticed him limping and brought him inside to feed him and contact the RSPCA.

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He first arrived at Putney Animal Hospital to treat his leg injury before arriving at the cattery.

Eight-year-old Penguin is a chatterbox with a big personality who loves being the centre of attention. Penguin is in desperate need of a home with a family who is experienced with cats with lots of character. He loves to brush himself against you and appreciates someone with patience who can approach him slow and steady so he does not become frightened. He will flourish best in a female-only household as he seems to be a little scared around men.

All Penguin really wants is a lap to curl up on and lots of love from someone who will accept him for what he is.

If you’d like Penguin to chill with you email or call 0300 123 0746.

Wolfie may have a bold name but the ten-year-old white and tabby cat is actually a little shy. He came into the RSPCA Ashley Heath Animal Centre in Hampshire on October 5 from Bournemouth.wolfie

His owner had passed away and so Wolfie needed to find a new forever home. He can be a little shy at first but is gaining in confidence each day. He can be very affectionate once he gets to know you and enjoys sitting on your lap and purring.

He may be able to get used to another cat but despite his canine name wouldn’t suit living with dogs. He will also need to live with adults or older children. The staff think Wolfie may have a mild allergy to flea bites but this can be controlled with regular treatment. It does mean he has suffered from patches of alopecia but this has improved now. He also has a mild heart murmur which is actually very common in cats. The centre can supply more information and advice on this.

If you’d like Wolfie to join your pack please contact RSPCA Ashley Heath on or call 0300 123 0749.

Two-year-old Monkey is also at RSPCA Ashley Heath Animal Centre. The black cat was living in unsuitable conditions in a house in Bournemouth and came into RSPCA care on August 8.


Monkey is quite a timid cat and will need time to settle into her new home. When she becomes more comfortable she comes out of her shell a lot and loves a fuss. Monkey has lived with other cats before but would prefer not to live with dogs. She’d also like to live with a family who has older children.

If you think you can give this cheeky Monkey a home contact RSPCA Ashley Heath Animal Centre on or call 0300 123 0749.

One-year-old tortoiseshell Falcon is a calm and gentle cat. She arrived at the RSPCA Middlesex West branch in March after she was found as a stray in Kenton.

Since being in RSPCA care, staff discovered that Falcon is actually epileptic which means she requires daily medication to keep her seizures in check. However, since starting her medication four months ago, Falcon has not had any fits at all! Her medication can easily be mixed with her wet food and any future treatment will be covered by the branch.

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Little seems to faze this beautiful cat and she copes extremely well with the hustle and bustle of normal family life at her fosterers’ home. She’d prefer to be the only cat in a home and will need to be able to go outside and explore as she loves chilling out in the garden.

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If you can take Falcon under your wing contact the RSPCA Middlesex West branch on or call 020 896 69688. 

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Cat-titude! Give shy cats a chance

Shy cats can often get overlooked but just because they are quieter in the cattery does not mean they won’t make the perfect companion.

A cat can be shy or timid for a number of reasons, they may have been through a trauma, they could still be very young and learning the ropes, or maybe they are just waiting to find that special someone who can bring them out of their shell.

At the RSPCA Southall Cattery there are currently some timid cats who are looking for purr-fect homes.

Aneel Odhwani, animal care assistant at Southall in London, is urging prospective owners to give shy cats a chance.

He said: “All cats personalities’ are very unique, some might be feisty and some might be quieter but they could all make a great companion.

“Unfortunately this is quite a common problem which we see all over the country. People just don’t give shy cats a chance.

“People walk through catteries and don’t notice the timid ones as they pass through because they don’t go up to strangers immediately. The confident cats who stroll up to people are much more likely to catch someone’s eye.

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“It is such a shame as just because a cat is shy in a cattery doesn’t mean they don’t make loyal, sweet-natured and often playful companions once they have settled in a home and have got to know their owners.

“Some might say that this extra bit of a challenge makes the bond between owner and cat all the more unique.

“The shy cat won’t go up to any old stranger with their love – it would be especially for you.”

Two year old Sindy was hit by a car in February and brought to Harmsworth Animal Hospital as she was unable to walk.

The black and white cat was found under a car by a passer-by in Brent and brought to the RSPCA for treatment.

No owner was ever found and so after a month of treatment she was back on her feet and arrived at Southall in March looking for a new home.

Aneel added: “She has recovered from her ordeal now but Sindy is a very shy cat. She’s not going to be anyone’s lap cat but she does want to make friends.

Besty“She would suit a quieter, adult-only home with a more experienced owner who understands her need to do her own thing.”

Three-year old Betsy is another cat who needs a little patience and lots of space.

She came in to Southall in March from a multi-cat household in London where 10 cats were living in total.

She shies away from the staff at the cattery and would rather be running around a field or out and about.

She would suit a home on a farm where she can have plenty of space to run around and be herself.

ParisnewParis and Andie are two timid foster sisters who are bound to come out of their shell soon.

The three month old kittens were brought in separately in April but have become foster sisters during their time at Southall.

Paris was found as a newborn with her mum in a back garden in London whereas Andie came in at about two weeks old without a mum. The pair have since become thick as thieves.

They are still quite timid but staff are sure they will grow out of this and will benefit from lots of company.

AndieThey will need a home with adults-only or older children who are used to cats. The new owners will also need to be experienced with cats as the pair are flu carriers.

Aneel added: “Shy cats can take some patience but in the end we’re sure it will be worth it.

“Southall Cattery is at full capacity and this isn’t a rare occurrence. We’d love it if more people took a chance on quieter cats and gave them the loving home they deserve.”

To rehome Sindy, Betsy, Paris or Andie, contact Southall Cattery, Hounslow, London on 0300 123 0746, or visit

Or visit the national website at

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit: or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).

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How can you make your cat feel more at home?

RSPCA's South Godstone Animal Centre Supervisor Liz Forbes-Dale gives us a look at the ways we put cats in our care at ease, offering some inspiration for how you might be able to help your own feline companion feel more at home.

Cats arriving at RSPCA centres can be frightened and confused. They may have been in several places before arriving, or they may have only lived in their owner’s home until now.

Click this link for Leona’s (pictured above) adoption page

Cats are often seen as the ultimate control freaks who find any change in their routine and environment very difficult to cope with.

Domestic cats are very similar in their behaviour to their wild ancestors, so some of the measures we take help to allow them to follow their instincts in what is an unnatural environment for a cat.

The cattery at South Godstone has 40 cubicles in total, each with both an indoor pod and outdoor run.

Pictured left: A view of South Godstone cattery’s indoor pods, complete with feline resident.

We often know in advance when new cats are arriving, so we will set up a cattery pod with a number of different things in preparation:


Covered beds or cardboard boxes both inside the cubicle and in the outdoor runs give cats the chance to hide away from people if they choose to do so. The beds and boxes are filled with warm comfy bedding, sometimes partially covering the top so the cats can peek out. (Cats mostly prefer to be warmer than cold, so we try to make them as comfortable & warm as possible.)

Click this link for Moana’s (pictured right) adoption page

We try to keep very new cats away from the public viewing areas. Like many catteries that the RSPCA run South Godstone is open for the public to view the animals, and this can be quite upsetting if the cats have just arrived. Cats are often more comfortable with new faces and experiences once they are familiar with and confident in their environment.

Comfy fabrics

Our pods are made from lovely, easy to clean plastic: very hygienic but not very stimulating for the average kitty! Rugs, duvets or mats add another element and texture to their limited environment.

Feline pheromones

Cat laying comfortably in his bed © RSPCAWe spray the bedding with Feliway Classic. This contains an artificial facial pheromone (scent) that cats naturally produce. Normally a cat will rub this around their environment so that it smells familiar and they feel that they have been in this place before.

Large litter trays

Sometimes we have pairs of cats that will need a litter tray each, plus a spare one. Toileting for cats is a time when they will feel vulnerable and, like people, they often do not like to be seen while doing their business. We try to give them some privacy from the other cats alongside them by giving them enough space, and offering covered trays.

Scratching spots

Cats like to scratch for 2 reasons: it helps to maintain the health of their nails, and allows them to scent mark an area using scent glands between the pads on their paws, making it familiar, and leaving a message for other cats. Some cats prefer to scratch vertically & others horizontally, so we offer both scratching posts and carpet tiles.

Boredom busters

Cat playing with toy rope © RSPCAConfinement in the cattery can be very boring for cats and they can become frustrated, so we aim to keep them entertained. When the cats first arrive we do not play with them as it may be overwhelming, but we leave toys in their pods so that they start to become familiar. When they are ready and settled, both the staff and volunteers will engage in play sessions with the cats if they are interested.

Grooming tools

We like to groom all the cats in the cattery. Sometimes the more nervous cats will let us groom them where they wouldn’t let us pet or stroke them. The brushes are left in the cubicles for when the cats are settled enough to allow interactions, leaving the brushes inside also allows the item to become familiar to the cat.

Drinking bowls

We put one water bowl inside the pod and one in the back run.Cats are very sensitive about where they drink, and may prefer this to be away from feeding areas. As space is at a premium inside, we we give them an extra bowl outside. Plastic bowls can taint the taste of the water so we try to use other materials: glass, metal or a ceramic.

Food boredom

Once the cats have settled we consider how we can help to mimic some of the cats wild behaviours. One of the easiest way is by getting them hunting!

Cat Danaerys seeks out biscuits hidden in pyramid toy © RSPCAHunting is a natural behaviour which is not solely linked to hunger. Cats in the wild will go on hunting adventures up to 40 times a day and may catch something 10 to 20 times, so with this in mind it must be very boring to have your dinner served in a bowl! As well as play, we try to use alternative feeding methods which simulate this search for food.

Pictured left: Danaerys tackles a toilet roll pyramid: the rolls are all glued together with biscuits hidden inside, meaning the cats have to seek out the hidden treasures!

We hope a few of these tips and trick from our cattery will come in useful if you’re hoping to welcome a new cat into your household soon, and may even help your existing feline feel more at home!

Still searching for the purrfect pal? Take a look at all the cats in need of new homes on our Find a Pet pages

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