Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Tabby's life transformed

Tabby-and-white Jess had a traumatic experience with her previous owners. She was stressed and nervous when she came into Cats Protection’s care.

Once under the wing of our Stockport Branch, Jess started to calm down and eat normally. She began to trust people again.

After many weeks of patient devotion, the branch decided that the five-year-old cat was ready for rehoming with an understanding owner.
With help from our Stockport Branch, Jess recovered from her ordeal

At the same time, local lady Janet Kiln had decided she'd like to home a new cat. Janet and her husband Nick were left catless when their grown-up daughter had moved out, taking her cat with her. Their home seemed empty without a feline friend.

“We were looking for a rescue cat, and an older cat, rather than a kitten,” she says.

On first meeting Jess, Janet could see that she was timid, but something about her sad past and slightly grumpy-looking face made Janet want to give her a good home.
Janet wanted to rehome Jess when she heard her sad story
She needn’t have worried. When Jess was delivered to Janet’s home last year, she soon shook off her timidity.

“The Cats Protection lady brought Jess to us and stayed for about an hour,” says Janet. “Within 10 minutes of the lady leaving, Jess had jumped onto the bed, where my husband Nick was!”

Jess quickly settled in with the Kilns
Jess is not a lap cat but likes to lay next to her owners, stretched out along the full length of their bodies. As she lived in a flat in her former life, she’s not much of an outdoors cat, but has started exploring the outside world in short bursts.

Jess has settled in to her new home so well that Janet says she’s the new head of the household.

“She has her own stool in the bathroom because she likes to be close to the bathroom radiator,” laughs Janet. “She also likes to drink out of the taps and will come and find you to turn them on!”

Janet’s daughter Jennifer Kiln took these lovely photos of Jess looking very relaxed in her new home. We hope you enjoy them.

Jess's sad past is behind her

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Caring home for chest-op cat

Our National Cat Adoption Centre has rehomed a cat that underwent specialist surgery for a rare condition.

Persian Clive arrived at our National Cat Adoption Centre in East Sussex last December as his owners could no longer look after him.

Clive was checked over by our veterinary team, just like all the other cats that arrive at the centre.

His coat was badly matted and had to be shaved off, apart from the fur on his neck, paws and tail tip. His new, leonine appearance saw him dubbed Clive the Lionheart by staff and volunteers, who fell in love with his gentle character.
Clive charmed staff and volunteers with his gentle nature
At that time, all the centre cats were scanned as part of the Royal Veterinary College’s CatScan project -

While Clive showed no outward signs of illness, the scan and further x-rays revealed that he was suffering from diaphragmatic hernia.

“His intestines and some of his major organs had been pushed into his chest cavity. He needed surgery straight away,” explains deputy centre manager Tania Marsh. “If he’d come in at any other time, this wouldn’t have been discovered.”

The Blue Cross in London, who had the specialist facilities Clive needed, agreed to perform the surgery on CP’s behalf.

As Clive went for surgery, the centre team started a fundraising appeal and raised the full amount needed for the operation.

June Day, a centre volunteer, waited nervously as Clive went under the knife. June, who already had two cats including female Persian Paris, had fallen in love with Clive as soon as she met him.

“When I found out about his medical problems I said I didn’t care,” says June, who has volunteered for Cats Protection for more than seven years.  “I’d made up my mind that I was taking him.”

Clive’s operation was complex – in the end, he needed two procedures and a blood transfusion. At one point, it wasn’t certain that he would pull through.

But Clive was a battler. Ten days after his operation, he was back at the NCAC and not long after, June was taking him home.
Clive now has a happy home with June and her husband Rodney
Clive is now truly settled in his new house and likes to explore the garden with June’s five-year-old moggy Soloman. “He loves to play, particularly with a green fish that he had at the NCAC,” says June.

Clive will need heart scans every two years but will suffer no lasting effects from his operation. His life was saved, thanks to the co-operation between Cats Protection, The Royal Veterinary College and the Blue Cross.