Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Tabby's life transformed

Tabby-and-white Jess had a traumatic experience with her previous owners. She was stressed and nervous when she came into Cats Protection’s care.

Once under the wing of our Stockport Branch, Jess started to calm down and eat normally. She began to trust people again.

After many weeks of patient devotion, the branch decided that the five-year-old cat was ready for rehoming with an understanding owner.
With help from our Stockport Branch, Jess recovered from her ordeal

At the same time, local lady Janet Kiln had decided she'd like to home a new cat. Janet and her husband Nick were left catless when their grown-up daughter had moved out, taking her cat with her. Their home seemed empty without a feline friend.

“We were looking for a rescue cat, and an older cat, rather than a kitten,” she says.

On first meeting Jess, Janet could see that she was timid, but something about her sad past and slightly grumpy-looking face made Janet want to give her a good home.
Janet wanted to rehome Jess when she heard her sad story
She needn’t have worried. When Jess was delivered to Janet’s home last year, she soon shook off her timidity.

“The Cats Protection lady brought Jess to us and stayed for about an hour,” says Janet. “Within 10 minutes of the lady leaving, Jess had jumped onto the bed, where my husband Nick was!”

Jess quickly settled in with the Kilns
Jess is not a lap cat but likes to lay next to her owners, stretched out along the full length of their bodies. As she lived in a flat in her former life, she’s not much of an outdoors cat, but has started exploring the outside world in short bursts.

Jess has settled in to her new home so well that Janet says she’s the new head of the household.

“She has her own stool in the bathroom because she likes to be close to the bathroom radiator,” laughs Janet. “She also likes to drink out of the taps and will come and find you to turn them on!”

Janet’s daughter Jennifer Kiln took these lovely photos of Jess looking very relaxed in her new home. We hope you enjoy them.

Jess's sad past is behind her


  1. I am so so happy for beautiful Jess and her new family! Take care

  2. I love happy endings! My cat drinks from the tap too and definitely rules the roost :-)


  3. <3 Jess and kind owners xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx so pleased kitty has a new home <3

  4. What a fantastic story. Jess is a beautiful girl and well done to Janet for rehoming an older cat. I rehomed a 7 year old tabby and white CPL cat last year and she's the most loving, affectionate girl. Brilliant work by CPL as always - well done everyone x

  5. This is lovely, happy endings are not so common for adult cats. If it's inspired anyone close to County Louth in Ireland, there's a 9 yr old Mr Tiddles who has to find a home soon, presently at a vets in Dundalk (Avenue veterinary hospital) but time running out :(

    1. Seems that Mr Tiddles mght have found a new home - just in time

  6. So glad she is happy now. She looks like my Aslan that we also rescued from Stockport. He definitely rules the roost and jumps in the bath and waits for the tap to be turned on! They could be brother and sister..........

  7. The first cat I had from a local rescue centre was 15 years old and had had a terrible life. I'm so glad I gave him a home even though he was only with me for two years. He was so affectionate when I had earned his trust. It's so nice to see people giving older cats a chance because they've got so much love to give and I think can be more affectionate than a kitten that has always had a good home. Good on you Janet & Nick!

  8. It is so good to read a happy story. My cats are all rescue cats. 2 from Stockport, the only problem is that they all like my bed it's a bit of a squeeze but we manage to get fit in.

  9. Thank you for all your hard work!! I'm a fan from across the pond. So glad for all the success stories. The kitties are worth it.

  10. Thank you for all your kind comments. I am so glad we chose Jess as we all adore her, but thanks to Jackie and all at Stockport Cats Protection for letting us take care of her.
    The Kiln Family