Updated on 31 October, 2014

Cats Needing Homes

last updated
31 October, 2014

The following cats are looking for homes just now, as well as many others in the Shelter. Some have had a difficult or fearful time before coming to LCR, so may need a quieter home or a patient, experienced owner. Our experienced staff are happy to advise on matching up the right cat to the right home.


Could you find a place in your heart and your home for any of these cats? If you are interested in any of the cats please contact the Shelter on 01875 821025 for more information and to check that they are still available. We usually have up to 60 cats in the Shelter, so do come along and visit as we may have just the very cat or cats for you and your family.

All cats are spayed, flead & wormed before homing.

Digby the cat

When their past owner in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian, became unwell black and white Lulu (below) and grey tabby Digby (above) came to the Shelter for rehoming. These two 5 year olds females have never lived with other animals, but they seem to get on fine with kids, though Lulu can be feisty at times, and both would appreciate a garden to go out in.

Lulu the cat

Tommy the cat

Tigger the catA lively inquisitive pair of 2 year old lads called Tommy (above) and Tigger (below) may be ok with children and cats, but would benefit from a calm household and getting out and about to let off steam. Tigger is tabby, and Tommy (who had eye trouble, but has now been successfully treated) is black and white. Their previous owner in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh was moving and unfortunately couldn't take them.

Growler the cat

Despite his name, Growler is a quiet affectionate tabby and white cat who probably just wants a comfy lap to sit on - he just has a growly voice! He'd appreciate getting outdoors sometimes, and came as a stray from Tranent, East Lothian. He seems to be ok with children and animals.

Leo the cat

Leo is a black and white lad with a wee white 'locket' who likes a conversation with humans! He came from Wester Hailes, Edinburgh where he was kept indoors, but he'd be better (like most cats) in a home with outside access.

Fluffy the cat

Wee Fluffy is 1 and a half, and gets on fine with children, but she was in a home in Haddington with 5 kids, and it was too much for this quiet wee purry soul who loves being stroked and cuddled once she gets to know you. She's a semi-longhaired tabby (looking a bit tattier than usual in the photo after LCR's regular flea treatment). She's never lived with animals, but, despite being indoors till now, a garden would be nice for her when she gets her confidence back.

Guinness the cat

Guinness is a big chunky black and white 5 year old who arrived at LCR very neglected when his owner in Penicuik no longer wanted him, so this laid-back lad with a really pleasant temperament who is good with children needs a new loving owner, preferably with a garden he can explore.

Rocket the cat

Rocket is a friendly chatty black male found as a stray at Carberry Towers Hotel I Midlothian. He's a bit scared in the Shelter, but may get on ok with older children and animals. He'd welcome getting out and about sometimes from his new home.

Hobo the cat

Hobo is aptly named, as this 3 year old tabby was a stray for many months in Tranent, East Lothian. He's a bit timid in a pen so would be best in a home without kids, but he's talkative, and appreciative of comfort, good food, and being petted, though he would need to get outside at times.

Lady the cat

A wee black and white female called Lady was straying in Wester Hailes, Edinburgh, when LCR retrieved her. She's a shy 1 year old but can be very affectionate on her own terms and should be fine with children, in a household with a garden, though not with other cats.

Major the cat

Major is a big black lad with a lot to say for himself! This friendly, miaowly cat, aged 3 or 4, was straying in Mayfield, Midlothian and may get on fine with older children and with other cats. He would need outside access from his new home.

Willow the cat

Willow is a tabby and white boy of 4 who is looking for a patient, understanding, female owner without kids or other animals, as he's very stressed at the moment, after having to cope with a new baby in an indoor situation in Bonnyrigg, Midlothian. As he's not been allowed out so far, a safe garden would be great for him when he gets his confidence back.

Felix the catFelix is a timid but friendly 4 year old boy who was rehomed by LCR , but was returned to us because he was spending more time outside that his owners were comfortable with. He does like human company, but is an independent soul and would probably prefer a quieter, adult only home - the business of the Shelter seems to upset him. He will need a garden in his new home.

Sierra the cat

Sierra, a tabby lady, came to us because her Mayfield owner is moving overseas. She came in with Tansey, but Tansey has now found her forever home. Sierra is friendly on her terms, but really does not like other cats and so needs to be an only animal in her new home. Now that she has the pen to herself we hope she will begin to relax a bit more. She would also prefer a home without children so that she can enjoy all the attention! She knows how to use a cat flap and would like to be able to get outdoors in her new home.

Cinders the cat

Cinders is a semi-longhaired black and white cat who was found straying with her kittens in the Slateford Road part of Edinburgh. She is a friendly cat who may get on fine with other cats and with children. Her kittens are now gone for homing, and 2 year old Cinders (now neutered by LCR) is ready for a forever home of her own where she can venture outdoors sometimes.

Pansy the cat

A shy but usually friendly tabby was found straying in Prestonpans, East Lothian, so has been named Pansy. She's 3 years old, and may get on fine with children and other animals, though she'd probably appreciate a fairly quiet household, and a garden to relax in.

Josie the cat

Josie came to LCR as her past owner can't look after her any more due to illness. She's a slightly overweight black and white 7 year old who is friendly, but on her own terms, so would be best in a home without little children, though she may be ok with other animals. Outside exercise would do her good.

click here to see Robyn, our special featured cat

Thankfully, the majority of the cats that come into our care very quickly find themselves loving forever homes. However for various reasons, some cats are with us for a longer stay. Click on the image above to see our special featured cat.

Mum cats being cared for in foster homes

We often have some mum cats whose kittens have been homed and are therefore ready to move to homes of their own. We try to home them directly from their foster homes to avoid them going through another stressful move to our Shelter, so if there is a phone number beside the picture of the cat you will know it is a mum cat.

Sidney the catSidney is a black cat aged 1 or 2 who had been straying for many months at Borthwick, Midlothian, when he was brought to LCR. Despite having been in the wars a bit, he's usually a laid-back friendly lad who may get on fine with cats and children. He would need outside access from his new home.


James the cat

We are looking for an owner with experience of Bengal cats who would give a home to James, who is 7 years old, with the exotic markings and blue/green eyes typical of his breed, and a good temperament. His owner couldn't keep him in Gorebridge, Midlothian, due to behaviour issues as he's not keen on other cats, so a home in the countryside (perhaps with older children) would be ideal for him.

Joey the catJoey is a semi-longhaired black chap of 10 or more years with a very loving nature and a squeaky old miaow, who needs a cosy quiet home for his latter years, after being found living in a back garden in Loanhead, Midlothian.




Rosie the cat

Rosie (above) and Pat (below) are two females of about 12 who came from different locations, so could be homed separately, but who are getting on fine in the same pen at the moment. Both would be best in homes without kids, but they're all right with other cats. Black Pat's owner in Lasswade couldn't cope when she got very overweight (losing a kilo or two would do her good!) and black and white Rosie's past fosterer is going abroad. Though Rosie has been indoors till now, both cats would benefit from outside exercise at times.

Pat the cat

Misty the cat

Misty is a very chatty, friendly dark tortoiseshell female, whose owner in Corstorphine, Edinburgh wouldn't let her into the house, despite her being 10 years old or more! A home without children or animals, but with a garden would suit this mature lass best.

Watson the cat

A shy but friendly little black and white cat with white whiskers and eyebrows was found hanging around in the Broomhouse area of Edinburgh. Watson is 2 or 3 years old and may be ok with kids and animals. A home with a garden would suit him well.

Shadow the catA wee black cat with semi-long fur, appropriately called Shadow, came from Wester Hailes, Edinburgh when her owner could no longer keep her. She's 5 or 6 years old and has been indoors till now (though she'd benefit from being allowed out sometimes) and she can be a wee bit grumpy, especially with other cats, though she loves having a chat and a head rub.

Buffy the cat

Shadow the catShadow and Buffy are a 2 year old pair from Aberlady, East Lothian, who are looking for a new home together after their past owner moved. They've lived indoors and are not used to animals, but they should be ok with children over about 12, and would benefit from getting out and about. Shadow is a black and white female, and Buffy is a black male.

Sammie & Terrie, two rescue cats

Sometimes LCR rescues cats born outside that may never make 'lap cats'. Sammie and Terrie (above), 2 tabbies from Granton, and Frankie (below) and Daisy (below Frankie), a grey tabby and a lilac tortoiseshell from Elphinston, are like that, and would be best living in a garden centre, farm, stables or other outside situation, though at only 5 months they may learn to trust humans gradually.

Frankie the cat

Daisy the cat

Sasha the cat

A friendly 6 year old black female cat came from Edinburgh to the Shelter as her owner's child was allergic to cats. Sasha likes to be stroked, but is not keen to be picked up at the moment, so should be fine with kids over about 12. She'd be best as an 'only cat', and would appreciate a garden to go out in.

Missy the cat

Missy is a sleek 5-year-old black lady who finds herself with us because her Edinburgh owner went into hospital. She is friendly but can be a bit unpredictable so an adult-only home would suit her best. She has lived with another female cat but they didn't see eye to eye so she needs to be an only cat. She would like a garden to explore.

Jake the cat

You'd never guess that big, strong and solid Jake is 15 years old! This good natured black and white boy finds himself with us because his previous owner from Penicuik has moved overseas and couldn't take Jake too. He is a friendly lad who enjoys a stroke, but is really just looking for a nice quiet adult-only home to snuggle up in this Winter. He would like a garden to lounge in on sunny days, and having never lived with other animals would probably like to be the only pet in his retirement.

Jess the catWee Jess is a 3 year-old dark tortie lady who was found straying in East Lothian.. A lady took her in but she wasn't seeing eye-to-eye with her existing cat and dog. She was rather stressed on arrival, but now neutered she is much calmer and is ready to find her new home. She is playful and likes attention but doesn't like to stand still for a photo! And she will let you know when she has had enough attention. As such a home without small children, with a garden, and where she can be the only pet would suit her best.

Maisie the cat

Maisie came from Morningside when her previous owner could no longer look after her. She's 3 years old, and white and black. She's never lived with children or other animals, but she has a pleasant, relaxed nature, and would appreciate a home where she can get out of doors sometimes.