Thursday, 27 June 2019

Tiny kitten thrown from car makes miracle survival

A tiny female kitten thrown out of a moving car in Hull is recovering in the care of Cats Protection.

The six-week-old black kitten was thrown out of a silver Vauxhall Astra on the A165 near Long Riston in Hull on the evening of Tuesday 11 June.

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She was saved by a quick thinking motorist who jumped out of their car to rescue her from the grass verge.

Thankfully she was uninjured and is being looked after by Cats Protection’s Beverley & Pocklington Branch, who have given her the name Lucia.


“Lucia was thrown from the car at about 4.30pm on Tuesday” said Carol Jopling, the volunteer looking after Lucia.

“A motorist following behind said they saw the Astra slow down before the passenger door was opened and Lucia was flung out. The Astra then sped off.

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“Hull was in the grip of a current cold spell and it was pelting down with rain so if Lucia hadn’t been quickly retrieved she would have died as she was already extremely underweight. It’s horrible that someone could treat an animal so callously.”

If anyone has any information on the incident they should notify Humberside Police.

Cats Protection says around a quarter of the cats it takes in are stray or abandoned and urges owners to consider humane options if they wish to give up their cat, including asking friends or family to adopt them or asking cat charities if they have space.

Neutering pet cats will also prevent unwanted kittens. For more information about neutering your cat, visit www.cats.org.uk/neutering

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Vince the unluckiest cat in Hampshire needs a new home

Rescue cat Vince – who has been given up for adoption twice in a few months – has been dubbed the most unlucky cat in Hampshire.

White-and-black Vince first came into the care of Cats Protection’s Gosport Branch in March after his owner could no longer care for him.

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He was adopted in mid-April, but his new owner had no choice but to return him to the branch a month later as he wasn’t settling in with young children in the home.

Kate Stapleford, a volunteer at Cats Protection’s Gosport Branch, said: “Poor Vince really wants to be in his forever home – he’s had so many ups and downs, he must be the unluckiest cat in Hampshire!

“We think he would be best suited to an adult home. He loves cuddles, attention and playtime – feathers on a stick and catnip mouse toys are his favourites! He loves his food and treats and also the great outdoors.

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“Vince is a fantastic cat so we’re calling for anyone who thinks they could give him a home to get in touch!”

Two-year-old Vince has been health-checked, vaccinated, neutered and microchipped and is desperate to find his perfect new home.

Anyone interested in adopting Vince and giving him the ‘happy ever after’ he deserves can call Cats Protection’s Gosport Branch on 02392 582601 to find out more.

To find more cats looking for homes in your area, visit www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat

Monday, 24 June 2019

Horace home again after hitching a ride under car bonnet

A cat who was missing for three weeks is back at home after Cats Protection used microchip details to trace his owner.

Eleven-year-old Horace went missing from his home in Southsea, Hampshire, in April and was later found 15 miles away in the grounds of Lee-on-the-Solent Infant School.

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Tired, hungry and dehydrated, Horace was also covered in an oily substance, leading vets to believe he may have curled up for a snooze under a car bonnet before being driven away.

Relieved owner Colin King said: “Horace is a house cat, but had accidentally got out one evening and despite putting posters up and contacting animal charities, we couldn’t find him anywhere.

“Fortunately, he’s microchipped, so when staff at the school found him, they phoned Cats Protection's Gosport Town Branch who scanned for his microchip and contacted me. It was fantastic to see him, and he seemed very pleased to get back home after his adventure.

“I took him for a check-up with the vet, who said the oil probably came from a car, so I think he must have climbed under the bonnet somehow to keep warm before he was driven away.

“Whatever happened, he’s an old boy who is clearly very happy to get back to his creature comforts. I think his adventuring days are behind him now.”

Carole Rudin, Lost and Found Coordinator for Cats Protection’s Gosport Town Branch said: “Cats can get themselves into all sorts of scrapes, so it’s great that Horace was microchipped as it meant we could get him home quickly.

“Without his microchip, Horace may never have been returned home, so his story is a great reminder about why microchipping is so important.”

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Angela Clayton, Senior Administration Assistant at Lee-on-the-Solent Infant School said: “We noticed Horace in the school grounds and thought he looked a little worse for wear, so our Site Assistant Steve Taylor looked after him while we called Cats Protection. We were all so delighted that his owner was found, and the children were thrilled to know the little lost cat was back at home.”

Cats Protection has renewed calls for a change in the law to ensure that all owned cats, like dogs, are microchipped.

Microchipping is a safe, permanent and cost-effective method of identification which ensures cats can be reunited with their owner should they go missing. It means lost cats are not mistaken as strays and taken in by rehoming charities.

Microchipping also ensures owners can be notified if their cat has been injured or killed in a road accident. Cats Protection encourages local councils to scan any cats they collect that have died in road accidents for a microchip so their owners can be informed.

Jacqui Cuff, Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations said: “It’s always lovely to hear of stories where cats have been reunited with their owners, but most of these happy endings are only possible if a cat has been microchipped.

“Microchipping is an essential part of responsible pet ownership, and is already compulsory for dogs. This should now be extended to ensure all owned cats are microchipped, giving the same level of protection to keep them safe and protected.”

For more information about microchipping, visit www.cats.org.uk/microchipping

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Help needed to cover Marshall's essential ear surgery

Cats Protection’s Mitcham Homing Centre is desperately appealing for help to fund the cost of extensive surgery for a cat with ear tumours.

Four-year-old Marshall has had a rough few months. Due to having multiple benign tumours in his ears, he needed to have both ear canals removed to prevent the tumours from growing back.

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Marshall before his surgery
Costing around £1,200, volunteers and staff are appealing for donations to help fund Marshall’s surgery and after care.

“When Marshall first arrived at our centre in January, he was shy and withdrawn. We were worried that he might not cope with the surgery, as it’s so extensive,” said Rosie King, Manager at Cats Protection’s Mitcham Homing Centre.

“However, since having his first operation, Marshall became much more confident and it was a real turning point; his personality changed and he started to look a lot more comfortable.”

After having the first operation, Marshall temporarily lost sensation on the left side of his face, which affected his ability to blink. This is a common side effect of such complicated surgery and after a short wait for his ear to heal and feeling to come back; Marshall had his second operation with no problems.

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Marshall recovering from his operations
Marshall will shortly be looking for an indoor-only home with owners who will give him the time and affection he needs.

Rosie added: “Marshall has had a long road to recovery but is now finally on the mend. In a couple of weeks’ time, we hope he’ll be ready to go to a new home. Due to his hearing loss, he will need to be kept indoors.

“Although Marshall can still make out some sounds, especially loud noises, it will be muffled, as if you’re under water and someone is talking to you from above the surface.”

Donations for Marshall’s surgery and aftercare can be made here and Gift Aid may be added to give more to the appeal at no extra cost. Any additional money raised will be used to help the other cats currently in the care of the centre.

Anyone one interested in adopting Marshall, once he’s ready for homing, should call the centre on 03000 120 285 or email mitcham@cats.org.uk

To find cats looking for homes in your area, visit www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat 

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

5 lessons Garfield taught us about being a cat

Grumpy yet loveable cartoon cat Garfield is popular with cat lovers across the world. As well has having a few traits cat owners can identify with – eg a hatred of Mondays – Garfield also gets a few of our real-life cats’ quirks spot on too.

Here are a few things the fictional ginger feline has taught us about cats.

1. Stick to a healthy diet 


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Garfield may enjoy such delicious snacks as pizza and lasagne, but it’s clear that his carb-rich diet has left him a little on the tubby side. To make sure your own moggy can still fit through the cat flap, it’s best to steer clear of Italian favourites and feed them a nutritious cat food instead – they’ll be much healthier and happier in the long-run! Find more advice on what to feed your cat here.

2. Be an alarm clock 


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Many cat owners will be able to sympathise with Garfield’s owner Jon, as he gets woken up by his fuzzy companion in often abrupt and undignified ways. This can be a common behaviour in cats, as they’re usually most active at dawn and dusk. If you’d prefer a lie in, watch our video for advice on discouraging your cat from giving you an early wakeup call.

3. Seek out a comfy box 


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After a busy day getting up to all sorts of adventures, Garfield loves nothing more than slumping into a cosy cardboard box for a nap. Cats love boxes because they provide a safe and secure place to hide away from the world, so make sure you provide them with a few options to hide away in. If you add a comfy blanket then they’ll love you even more! Learn more about why cats hide in our video.

4. Get plenty of sleep 


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Whether in a box or on his owner Jon’s bed, Garfield loves a long snooze, and he’s not the only one. Many cats can sleep for up to 16 hours a day, making sure they have plenty of energy to get up to all sorts of antics during the remaining eight. Of course, their love of sleeping can mean that you’ll find them napping in a variety of surprising places and positions. Find out more about cats and sleep here.

5. Make a furry friend 


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Garfield may not always get along with his canine pal Ogie, but that doesn’t mean that cats and dogs can’t be good friends. The secret to a peaceful pet friendship is a slow and steady introduction. For advice on how to do this, visit the Cats Protection website for a step-by-step guide. If only Jon had followed our advice!

For more information about cats and their behaviours, visit www.cats.org.uk/help-and-advice

Monday, 17 June 2019

Petplan® raises £7 million for Cats Protection and cats like Chesney

Since their partnership with Cats Protection began in 2001, Petplan® have helped us raise £7 million, together with our supporters, branches and centres.

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Left to right: Cats Protection CEO James Yeates, Cara Zaleski from Petplan, Cats Protection Chairman Linda Upson, Mykela Purdy from Petplan and Cats Protection Director of Operations Mark Beazley 

All cats that are adopted as pets can come with four weeks' free insurance from Petplan® to ensure they get the best possible start in their new home. Pet insurance is a key part of our adoption package as we want owners to feel confident when adopting and we believe in providing all the cats in our care with the best possible start.

We celebrated this milestone at our National Conference this June, which Petplan® proudly supported. The £7 million from Petplan® is a tremendous accomplishment and has enabled the charity to help even more cats around the UK. Find out below how these funds have helped cats like Chesney find their forever home.

Chesney’s story 


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Chesney, a 14-year-old black-and-white cat was brought in to Cats Protection’s Hornchurch Branch in January as sadly his owners were moving into a flat where the landlord wouldn’t allow pets. Chesney arrived with his sister, but the pair were split up as they didn’t like each other’s company that much!

Unfortunately, Chesney didn’t find his forever home while at the branch, perhaps due to his age and a diagnosed kidney disease. Therefore, Chesney was moved to the National Cat Adoption Centre to hopefully help him find his forever home.

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While at the centre Chesney spent lots of time in the enrichment room looking out on to the specially planted enrichment garden, planted to attract the wildlife with bird and squirrel feeders. Chesney loved spending time in there watching the world go by and was a much-loved cat in the centre by all the staff due to his friendly nature.

After a few months we were delighted to say that he found his forever home in May. Chesney is now enjoying home comforts and is settling in well with his new owners.

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His new owner said: “From opening the cat basket, he jumped straight out and strutted round the house. Within the first hour, he was on the sofa and rolling around on the rug. I don’t think he’s stopped purring!

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“He’s a wonderful boy and we’ve spent this Sunday afternoon watching David Attenborough in bed (he actually watches the TV!). Thank you for looking after such an amazing little man!”

A big thank you to Petplan®, from us and all the cats and kittens in our care like Chesney, for their continued support.

If you are interested in homing a cat, please visit www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat

Friday, 14 June 2019

Father’s Day Cards for proud cat dads

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, we thought it was time to focus on much-loved cat dads. To celebrate, we have made three free printable Father’s Day cards – specially designed with cat-lovers in mind.

Are you married to a man who has an affinity with his kitty, or do you know a grumpy gentleman who will only hold conversations with the cat? Cat dads come in all shapes and sizes and we’re keen to champion them!

Choose from our three designs (or opt for all three!), download and print before giving to your favourite feline-loving father. Those with a lot of love for their cat will adore the #CatDad Day card, while our quirky Father’s Day card is a great way to shout about all the great ways they look after their furry pal. For those with a sense of humour, there’s always the ‘thanks for cleaning up my poop’ card – ideal for dads on constant litter tray duty.




Cat Men Do

Don’t forget! As part of our Cat Men Do campaign, we’re looking for proud cat dads to shout about their relationship with their cat. Share pics of your cat on our Facebook page, or on your own Twitter and Instagram using #CatMenDo to be featured in our photo gallery.

To see our photo gallery and learn more about the campaign, visit www.cats.org.uk/cat-men-do