Heartlessly abandoned in a cardboard box at a few weeks old, Smudge and China were rescued after a passerby heard their frantic mews.

Despite such a tough start to life, the brother and sister are very outgoing. Amazingly, they are so confident that even the vacuum cleaner doesn’t scare them!

They are an incredibly inquisitive duo. If their fosterer opens a door; they’re through it and if a cupboard is unfastened; they are on hand to help inspect the contents!

As well as playing and exploring, Smudge and China just love cuddles. They enjoy snuggling up on your knee and have the loudest of purrs. The friendly pair also get on with children and other cats.










Smudge is the leader of the pair. If there’s mischief afoot, he’s usually involved. Smudge just loves his food and amuses everyone within earshot with his funny eating noises!










China is slightly shyer than her brother but not by much! She really loves playing and is a very entertaining little girl.


Smudge and China haven’t had the best start in life – can you change that by offering them a forever home?


Around 3 months old.

All our cats are “snap” blood-tested at the Vets for FIV/Felv (the result is negative unless CLEARLY stated.)

All cats have received flea and worming treatment and are micro-chipped and litter-trained.

ADULT cats are neutered and KITTENS under 6 months old will need to be neutered by their new owner.

We recommend that ALL cats are kept indoors for around 6 – 8 weeks, to bond with their new owner and so that you can vaccinate them.  KITTENS should always be kept indoors until neutered and afterwards should be supervised, with only limited access outdoors and never be allowed out at night, as they are vulnerable to many dangers.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SMUDGE AND CHINAPLEASE CONTACT OUR ADOPTION VOLUNTEER ON 0115 9985063 after 6pm. This number MUST NOT be used for any other type of enquiry or emergency.  Alternatively you can email this volunteer at

We are run entirely by volunteers, we have no office or cattery so please be aware and we will reply ASAP, thank-you.

ALL ADOPTIONS will require a successful homecheck and we don’t rehome on/near busier roads, sorry.

NB.  We are always in urgent need of additional fosterers to help us foster the cats that AARU rescue.

* For more information about our Charity “Animal Accident Rescue Unit,” please visit