Outdoor homes in Mid Sussex are being sought by the Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre.

Eight cats all need homes where they are free to explore the great outdoors.

The felines are either nervous around people, or simply unsuited to a normal household life.

Staff at the centre, in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate, say homes at farms, smallholdings, garden centres, or even an outbuilding or secure shed in a large garden would all be suitable.

The moggies are named Tiddles, Minnie, Jack, Flump, Sam, Mabel, Magpie and Bertie.

In return for their outdoor home, the cats can help to keep pests under control.

Cathy Hill, Cat Care Assistant at the National Cat Adoption Centre, said:

“These cats can really blossom in an outdoor environment where they can do exactly what they want, when they want, maybe with the option to come inside if they choose to.

“For all these cats, an outdoor home is their idea of bliss – be in a large garden, a farm, stable yard, or the grounds of a business like a garden centre, pub or hotel.

“Adopting an outdoor cat is a great way to enjoy the satisfaction of giving a cat a second chance in life, while enjoying the many benefits they bring – from their pest control abilities to the entertainment their daily antics bring.

“Here at the National Cat Adoption Centre we have successfully rehomed a number of cats to these environments where they flourish and thrive.”

The cats – who range in age from one to 11-years-old – are among 150 cats currently being cared for at the centre.

To find out about offering a home to an outdoor cat, contact the centre by emailing cattery.reception@cats.org.uk