Tuesday, 30 October 2012

National Cat Adoption Centre helps dumped kittens

Staff at Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre are caring for three kittens left for dead nearby.

The five-month-old cats were discovered by walkers on Sunday 29 October. They’d been dumped in a filthy holdall among bracken near the Piglets car park in the Ashdown Forest, Sussex.

A passer-by saw one of the cats and alerted staff at Cats Protection's National Cat Adoption Centre, in nearby Chelwood Gate. Staff from the charity came out to search the area and found two more kittens.

All three – now named Piglet, Forest and Fidget – are being cared for at the centre and are recovering well from their ordeal. They will be closely monitored for any signs of ill health before they are ready for rehoming.
In safe hands: the kittens are now at the National Cat Adoption Centre in Chelwood Gate
Manager of the National Cat Adoption Centre Danielle Draper said the kittens would have died if they hadn’t been discovered.

She said: “These are domesticated kittens that would never have been able to fend for themselves, particularly during this cold snap."

Danielle added: “It is very sad to think of these very friendly kittens being dumped in the middle of nowhere and just left for dead, they are very fortunate to have been spotted by walkers.“

"If anyone finds themselves in a situation where they can no longer keep their cats we would urge them not to dump them but to get in contact with their local Cats Protection for advice on what to do.”

Cats Protection staff are checking the Piglets car park area daily in case more kittens were dumped.

Danielle added: “We have no idea how many were left out there. While we are continuing to check we would also appeal to anyone who spots any kittens on the Ashdown Forest to please get in contact with the National Cat Adoption Centre on 01825 741330.”

If you would like to offer a home to any of the kittens please contact the National Cat Adoption Centre on 01825 741 330. You’ll find the website at http://www.cats.org.uk/ncac


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Adopt a dashing black cat

With just one day to go until National Black Cat Day, we thought we’d meet some of the darker cats in our care. Will you be the loving new owner these beautiful black cats need?

Black and black-and-white cats are sleek and striking, yet are often overlooked by potential adopters.

We think they make lovely pets so have organised National Black Cat Day on Thursday 25 October in celebration of these chic creatures. We hope to persuade more people to find a space on their sofa for black and black-and-white cats like these four fabulous felines:


Five-year-old male Troy is currently resident at our Bridgend Adoption Centre in South Wales. “He was admitted to the centre through no fault of his own,” says Centre Manager Sue Dobbs. “He is a loving and friendly cat with a great personality and is sure to make purrfect feline friend.”www.Bridgend.cats.org.uk
Troy: a loving and friendly cat
Our Milton Keynes & District Branch is looking after Freda, who was found scavenging foods from car park rubbish bins. This two-year-old female is friendly and affectionate. http://www.cats.org.uk/milton-keynes

Freda: new owner sought
Downham Market Adoption Centre in Norfolk is looking after sleek Rishma. “She’s a bit of a diva, who wants her own palace and grounds to roam in with a servant or two to pander to her every need,” says deputy manager Stacey Ely. “She has been in CP care for far too long and deserves to find that special someone!” http://www.downhammarket.cats.org.uk/
Rishma: human servant required
Mickey is an affectionate older cat, around 14 years old and in the care of Scotland’s Outer Aberdeen & District Branch. Branch Co-ordinator Liz Grant says: “He chats to you, walks to heel like a dog and adores being brushed and cuddled.” Mickey, who has striking orange eyes, came into the branch’s care when his owner died and he was left outdoors. “He needs a home where someone can fuss him in his retirement,” says Liz. The branch will give Mickey’s new owner advice on his hyperthyroidism. www.cats.org.uk/outeraberdeen

Mickey: loves cuddles
Give a black cat a better life
Across the UK, our branches are looking after hundreds of black and black-and-white cats just like Troy, Freda, Rishma and Mickey. We’re giving them the best possible care but they need a home of their own. Will you give them a better life?

Click on www.cats.org.uk/find-us to find your local Cats Protection branch. Give our branch volunteers a call or look on their website to find out how to adopt a beautiful black cat.

And don’t forget to join in all the fun on Thursday 25 October – National Black Cat Day. Post a pic of your black cat to Facebook or download our mask and take a snap. Everything you need is here:

Thank you for caring about black cats.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Branch tends plant pot kittens

A Cats Protection branch has homed four kittens found nestled in a plant pot.

Our Stoke & Newcastle Branch was called out to a rented house in early September – the tenants had been feeding a stray cat then discovered her litter in their yard.

The black-and-white kittens were found in a plant pot. Photo: Alan Bentley
At that point, all the branch Fosterers’ pens were full so Welfare Officer Alan Bentley created a temporary shelter to keep the kittens safe with their mother while homes were found for them.

While the mother cat was taken for a health check and neutering, branch volunteer Tracy Slater uploaded Alan’s photos of the kittens – one tom and three queens – to the branch’s website and Facebook page.

“To promote some interest I started asking people how we should name them,” said Tracy.

Tracy asked Facebook followers to name the kittens. Photo: Alan Bentley
Tracy first posted about the plant pot kittens on 12 September – by 28 September, new owners had come forward for all of the kittens. They were named Zero, Fifi, Pip and Milo.

“I was so elated when I heard that they’d all been found homes,” said Tracy. While the new owners were sought, Alan had visited the kittens regularly and phoned the tenants frequently to check on the kittens’ progress.

All of the kittens are now settled into their new homes. As they were a little younger than the usual minimum rehoming age of nine weeks, Alan visited the kittens’ new owners regularly during the first few weeks of adoption to give them a helping hand.

“We’ll carry on visiting them until the kittens have been neutered, to make sure all the processes have been followed,” Tracy added. “And also as a way of saying thank you and giving the new owners some extra support.”

After she was neutered, the kittens' mother was adopted by a kind neighbour - a happy ending for both kittens and mother cat.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Bus cat to beloved pet

Looking at Baggypuss today, you wouldn’t guess at his past life as a starving stray, pushed away by people in a bus queue as he searched for scraps.

“He’s settled in absolutely wonderfully,” says Vivienne Husband of the ginger tom she adopted from CP’s Swale Branch in July.

Baggypuss has thrived in his new home
Things were very different six months ago. Frightened, hungry and dehydrated, the skeletal cat was forced to live off discarded scraps. In his search for food, he tried to board a bus in Halfway, Isle of Sheppey, but was shooed away by the passengers.

Luckily for Baggypuss he was spotted and taken home by a local man, who contacted Swale CP then took him to the vet.

Swale’s Branch Co-ordinator Sylvia Foster visited the cat at the clinic the next day. “He was so weak that his back legs could hardly support him. His fur was ragged and tufty and his eyes were sunken,” she says.

“I picked him up very gently and he snuggled into me and started purring. I thought: ‘You poor mite, I’ve got to do something for you.’”

When he was found, Baggypuss could barely support his own weight
Sylvia guessed that the cat must have a lot of medical problems, but tests showed that he simply had an overactive thyroid which could be controlled through medication.

Baggypuss was taken to his temporary new home, a cosy Cat Cabin at the home of Branch Fosterer Val Hadnutt. With Val’s care and devotion Baggypuss gradually improved, putting on more than half a kilo in weight. 
With CP's care and attention, Baggypuss's health improved
And then - at last - he found a new owner.

Vivienne Husband first caught sight of Baggypuss at a branch open day at Val’s house. “He walked into my heart and that was it, I wanted him there and then,” Vivienne says.

In early July, Baggypuss moved into his permanent home with Vivienne. He has thrived in her care, and is now a healthy weight.

“When I look at him sleeping, all curled up, he looks totally content to me,” she adds.