Friday, 22 September 2017

New Simon's Cat animation focuses on play time

The latest video in the Simon’s Cat Logic series focuses on play time – a favoured pastime for most cats! As Simon explains, cats can often be choosy about their playthings, often favouring simple objects like a piece of string or a cardboard box over complex toys and activities.

"Most of these toys end up under the sofa or fridge," says Simon. "Teddy’s favourite toy is a piece of string. He’ll chase this all day long and if you go outside and put it in the long grass, he’s the happiest cat in the world."

Nicky Trevorrow, Cats Protection’s Behaviour Manager, focuses on indoor cats and the importance of play time for them. "Cats that are indoor-only require more exercise and play. Indoor cats should have multiple short play sessions throughout the day."

One of the best toys for playing with indoor cats, or any cat, is the fishing rod toy. Nicky explains that they are great to showcase different types of play, whether you choose to hold it up in the air or run it across the ground. She has some top tips for playing with them too.

"Avoid dangling it in front of your cat’s face. Cats are far-sighted, meaning they can’t see well under 25 centimetres. They much prefer the fishing rod toy moving away from the cat, similar to how prey would move."

Both Nicky and Simon agree that however and whenever you play with your cat, it is of great benefit to them and to you and helps to strengthen your bond.



If you’d like to learn more about the Simon’s Cat Logic series, visit their YouTube channel.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Caring for kittens with Simon's Cat

In the latest Simon's Cat video, Cats Protection's Behaviour Manager Nicky Trevorrow talks about how to look after kittens.

Against a backdrop of videos featuring plenty of playful kittens, Nicky shares advice on everything from where to get a kitten from, to handling them, feeding them and playing with them.

"If you're thinking of adopting a kitten, a rescue centre should be your first port of call." she says. She then goes on to talk about how to look after your new arrival.

The second half of the video features a cute animation featuring Simon and his cat as he attempts to take a photo of his new kitten - with hilarious results!



Watch the video above, or find out more about caring for kittens with our online guide.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Careers with Cats: how can I become a Veterinary Nurse?

If you’re interested in a career with cats, you might be surprised to learn that there are a variety of roles working specifically with felines.

In our blog series so far, we’ve been focusing on a range of cat-based careers – from working as a Cat Care Assistant to becoming a Cat Behaviourist. The latest post in our series is all about Katie, who works as a veterinary nurse.

Katie Chrystie Vet Nurse quote


What inspired you to become a veterinary nurse?
I have always loved animals so from a young age I knew I wanted to become a veterinary nurse and have a career working for animals. I qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2003. Back then, to train as a veterinary nurse I had to enrol as a student veterinary nurse with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS), attend college-based study for two years while being employed by a veterinary practice to gain practical experience.

How did you become a veterinary nurse?
I had to pass written exams in the theory of veterinary nursing and pass a practical exam in veterinary nursing skills as well as complete a portfolio of case studies. The process to become a veterinary nurse has changed since I qualified and there are now two routes to becoming qualified; either via vocational training or via a higher education qualification. Both routes lead to registration as a veterinary nurse. It generally takes two to three years to qualify. (For more information on a career as a veterinary nurse go to www.rcvs.org.uk and www.bvna.org.uk)

What do you love most about being a veterinary nurse?
I love being a veterinary nurse as it is a challenging job that requires lots of different skills. The best thing about my job is being able to work with animals every day, and every day is different. Seeing the difference you can make to an animal in need is a great feeling! Being able to work as part of a team and provide the nursing care and attention to enable a poorly pet to go home happy and healthy makes the job so rewarding.

For more information on working for Cats Protection, click here to go to our careers site.

Find out more about becoming a Cat Care Assistant by meeting Avril here, meet Sarah and discover what life is like as a Veterinary Surgeon here or discover what it takes to become a Cat Behaviourist by meeting Dom here.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Can you help us be there for cats for another 90 years?

Since 1927 Cats Protection has been giving unwanted and abandoned cats another chance in life. Today you continue to help us give thousands of cats a loving home, but what would you like to see happen for cats in the next 90 years?

A quote about the future of cats

This week is Remember a Charity in your Will Week, a time where we join 180 different charities to raise awareness of the huge impact gifts in wills have on our work. We’re celebrating by looking at what more gifts in wills could help us achieve for future generations of cats and are asking our followers on Facebook and Twitter what they would like to see happen for the cats of tomorrow.

A quote about the future of cats


We dream of a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs, and through our work on information, education and neutering, we hope to reduce the number of abandoned and unwanted cats. What is your dream? Join in the conversation and let us know!

A quote about the future of cats


Whatever your vision for a better world for cats, with gifts in wills currently making up half of our income, it’s clear that these special gifts will be vital to our success. You can discover how some of the significant gifts we have received over the years have helped us in our mission to make society a safer, more loving place for cats here.

Despite our achievements, there is still so much work to do. Leaving a gift in your will, however big or small, is a wonderful way of ensuring your love of cats lives on. Find more about how you can help cats for years to come on our website.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Did you know? 7 facts about neutering

Cats are effective breeders and without neutering them, the UK’s cat population could quickly get out of control. There are already thousands of unwanted cats out there. Getting your cat neutered not only ensures that you’re not contributing to the problem, it is also good for them and you!
 
Here are some things you might not know about getting your cat neutered:
 
1. Your cat doesn’t need ‘just one litter’ before being spayed. Cats Protection recommends that you neuter your cat at four months of age or younger.
 
2. By getting your male cat neutered, it makes him less likely to roam. There’s less chance he’ll be hit by a car or even get lost!
 
3. Unneutered male cats can become particularly stressed if they’re unable to find a mate – occasionally resulting in erratic or bad behaviour.
 
4. Female cats that have been neutered are unable to develop cancer of the ovaries or uterus, and are at a greatly reduced risk of developing mammary cancer.
 
5. Your cat will require much less food after neutering, as his or her body has less work to do. You’ll need to monitor your cat’s weight and reduce the amount of food provided to prevent your cat from becoming overweight.
 
6. Neutered cats do not ‘miss’ their organs or opportunities to reproduce or rear a litter.
 
7. A cat can easily have up to three litters a year, with five or six kittens in each. That adds up to 18 kittens a year! This level of breeding is draining and can be harmful for the mother cat.
 
 






















If you'd like to find out more about neutering your cat, click here to visit our website.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Careers with Cats: how can I become a Cat Behaviourist?

Looking for a cat-based career? There are numerous roles for those wanting to work specifically with cats and some of them might just surprise you.
 
The latest post in our blog series focuses on Dom Burke, who works at the National Cat Centre as a Cat Behaviourist. Find out more about him below.

 

What inspired you to become a cat behaviourist?
Why an animal does what it does has always fascinated me. There’s always a very good reason for a cat doing something, even if it is inconvenient for the owner. I feel that cats can be misunderstood at times and are often compared to dogs which is an unfair comparison as they’re very different species, and I wanted to help people enjoy cats being cats.


How did you become a cat behaviourist?
I started exploring the idea of working with animals many years ago, and completed a level 3 college course in Animal management. By the time I finished that course, I decided I wanted to specialise more into behaviour, and this course allowed me to progress onto a degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare. There are no required qualifications to becoming a behaviourist, however most jobs working with animal behaviour would require a degree in the subject as a minimum.

What is the best thing about being a behaviourist?
 
I would have to say it would be helping owners understand their cats better. Behaviour problems are very common, and in helping with those and resolving the issues, life becomes much better for both the cat and the owner which is extremely rewarding. I also get to talk about animal behaviour constantly which keeps me pretty happy!

 For more information on working for Cats Protection, click here to go to our careers site.

Visit the blog next week to meet Katie and find out what she does as a Veterinary Nurse.

Find out more about becoming a Cat Care Assistant by meeting Avril here, or meet Sarah and discover what life is like as a Veterinary Surgeon here.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Careers with cats: how can I become a Veterinary Surgeon?

Looking for a career with cats? You might be surprised to find that there are plenty of career paths for those with a love of all things feline. Our latest blog series focuses on cat-based careers - from what its like to be a Veterinary Nurse, to how to become a Cat Care Assistant.

In the second instalment, we meet Sarah Elliot, a Veterinary Surgeon based at the National Cat Centre.

Sarah Elliot, Veterinary Surgeon

 


















What inspired you to become a veterinary surgeon?

I had aspired to become a vet ever since I was old enough to know the job existed. Growing up, I was lucky enough to have plenty of pets in the home and I knew I would love to have a job working with animals when I was older. I came from a particularly cat-friendly household and cats have been a big part of my life ever since. I really enjoyed school and from an early age I decided I wanted to try to do well enough with my exams to give myself the best chance of getting into vet school later on.

How did you become a veterinary surgeon?

At 12, I managed to get a day’s work experience with my local vet. I found out that not only did I need to have top grades in maths, physics, chemistry and biology but I also needed to have plenty of work experience with animals as well. There is a lot of competition for places at university to study veterinary medicine and the more extra-curricular activities I could do to make my application stand out, the better. I got a Saturday job at the local veterinary practice cleaning the surgical instruments and mopping the floor.
 
I spent my Sundays at my local Blue Cross rescue shelter, where they set me to work feeding and cleaning out the rabbits and guinea pigs; a low-risk role for a teenager versus being around the slightly more unpredictable dogs and cats! In my school holidays I spent a lot of time helping out at the local riding centre. One summer I got a job at a racing yard and I even got the chance to go out on morning exercise rides – exhilarating as well as often terrifying!

In the end I got the GCSE and A-level results I needed and this lead to an offer of a place to study veterinary medicine at The Royal Veterinary College, London.

What is the best thing about being a veterinary surgeon?

Studying for my degree was an absolute pleasure. The course is so varied and hands-on that there was never a dull moment. Going into small animal practice, daily contact with animals has been a huge perk. Being able to put animals back together again is fantastic and memories of my first successfully treated patients will always stay with me. Over time, my career has led me into charity veterinary practice and has allowed me to develop a more focussed interest in feline medicine. I am currently studying towards becoming an advanced practitioner in feline medicine. Ten years later, I am still really enjoying being a vet.
 
For more information on working for Cats Protection, click here to go to our careers site.

Visit the blog next week to meet Dom and find out what life is like as a Cat Behaviourist. To find out how to become a Cat Care Assistant, click here to meet Avril.