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  • Cat Ollie in his new home with owner Katie Dahlstedt in East Sussex.

Ollie was just two weeks old when his mum rejected him. The little grey and white tabby kitten couldn’t fend for himself and was completely helpless.
When he came to us he needed nursing day and night and slowly he began to get stronger.
Ollie was too young to be rehomed so one of our foster carers took him home, bottle feeding him every three hours and using baby wipes to keep him clean.
Six weeks later Ollie was unrecognisable from the timid little kitten we first met and he had grown into a strong, healthy – and rather huge! – chap.
When his foster carer, Karen Pettet, took on another little hand rear kitten, Ollie took her under his wing and even taught her how to play.
His story featured in one of our marketing campaigns last year and Ollie has now been adopted by Katie Dahlstedt and her family in East Sussex.
Katie says: “We’d talked about getting a cat for a while and when we met Ollie we loved him straightaway and decided that night we wanted to have him.”
Ollie joined Katie, her husband Timo and their two children Amelia, four, and Ella, two, in April last year.
Katie says: “It’s been lovely to see him grow up and get bigger every week. He’s extremely playful and he’s very loving with Timo. At night when we’re watching TV he comes and curls up with him. He’s a daddy’s boy.
“Ollie loves being outside – he goes out first thing in the morning, comes in for a nap and then he’s outside again for the rest of the day. He goes round to all the neighbours’ houses and hangs out with them. We have a playground nearby and if we go there he tries to follows us. He doesn’t like to be left out of the family activities.”
Having Ollie around has really helped Amelia learn to be comfortable around animals too. Katie says: “She’s really frightened of animals but as she’s got to know Ollie her confidence has improved.
“The girls love him and he can be very affectionate. When I was poorly with a stomach bug I was in bed for two days and he snuggled up on the bed with me and kept me company.
“He’s definitely become one of the family.”

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