Thursday, 29 November 2018

Final Doobie and Tilly update in Purina® funded month of National Cat Adoption Centre

We’re coming close to the end of the month in which Purina® are kindly funding the running costs of our National Cat Adoption Centre, in Sussex.

We’ve been following Doobie and Tilly who were being cared for at the centre because sadly their owner passed away. Doobie is a friendly 5 year old black and white cat. Tilly, 9 years old, is a very friendly brown cat and enjoys being stroked. 

Doobie and Tilly both now homed!

 
Doobie

Following the homing of Tilly, we are pleased to report that Doobie was also rehomed on 24 November after 5 weeks in our care. Doobie was in the homing wing four days before he was reserved and then went home with his new owners four days later. His new owners saw him on our website and fell in love with him!

A massive thank you to Purina® from us and all the cats in our care - The funds from Purina® will help provide the food, warmth and shelter that cats like Doobie and Tilly need while they wait for their forever home.

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Genie gets her wish in new Christmas animation


After the great success of last year’s animation ‘Kozal’s Christmas’ and its emotional tale focused on the rehoming of a mature moggy, we’ve released this year’s festive film.

'Genie’s Christmas Wish' is inspired by the true story of best friends Evie and Genie, who won the overall title of Cat of the Year at the National Cat Awards in 2017.

Black-and-white cat Genie was a dedicated companion to schoolgirl Evie as she braved intensive treatment for bone cancer in 2016. Aged just 11 at the time, Evie went through six rounds of chemotherapy, a number of operations and lengthy hospital stays.

Although she was separated from her feline friend Genie, the bond they had built provided plenty of comfort throughout her treatment. Evie was kept positive by watching videos of Genie from her hospital bed.

Evie says: “I missed Genie every day I was in hospital and my family could tell she missed me. She is my best friend and is always there when I need her.”

The relationship was so strong that Evie’s family decided to nominate Genie for the National Cat Awards in 2017. Genie was lucky enough to win the title of Outstanding Rescue Cat as well as the overall award of Cat of the Year, which saw Evie accept the award at a ceremony at the Savoy Hotel in London.

As well as being inspired by a true story, 'Genie’s Christmas Wish' was produced entirely in-house at Cats Protection. From its brief and inception to the final film. The hope is that the animation will highlight the often amazing impact that cats have on our lives, as well as how they can provide great companionship.

Watch the animation below, or head to www.cats.org.uk/xmas for more information on how to keep your own cat happy throughout the festive season.


Friday, 23 November 2018

The Black Cat Day moggies who have found their forever homes

You may remember that on 27 October we celebrated National Black Cat Day, a day dedicated to the monochrome moggies that sadly take 13% longer to be rehomed than cats of other colours.

 As well as creating colour swatches of beautiful black cat shades that you could assign to your own felines, we also featured some black cats waiting for their forever homes on our website.

Thankfully, many of them didn’t have to wait long, and so we thought we’d give you an update on where they are now!

Bobbie (Brilliant Black) 

black cat

One-and-a-half year old Bobbie was found on the street before being cared for by our Stranraer & District Branch, which tried everything it could to find his owners. When no one came forward, he was spotted by the Baxter family, who were looking for a young cat that would get along with their toddler. Bobbie is now very much part of the family, loving the attention he gets from his two young human siblings. He has a farm house to live in and acres of land to explore once he starts to go outdoors. He is definitely a lucky black cat!

Taz (Ebony Black) 

black cat on sofa

Our Bridgend Adoption Centre took in 14-year-old Taz when his owner became critically ill, and was hoping to find a quite home for him to live out his older years in comfort. Luckily, Carla was able to offer him just that. She said: “He follows me everywhere, knows his name and is a sucker for a fuss. He's got his own room but prefers to be downstairs. He loves an under chin stroke and is a very cwtchy boy. I am smitten, I can't wait to come home from work and see him.”

Bobby (Plum Black) 

black cat on sofa

Handsome one-year-old Bobby was being looked after by our Cambridge Branch and hoped to find a quiet home where he could be the centre of attention. Thankfully, his wishes came true as he was soon adopted by Harriet and her family.

She said: "When our little cat passed away in 2017, we were bereft and although we knew we would eventually like to have another cat, we didn't want to rush into finding someone to replace her. We thought that when we felt ready to welcome another little being into the household, it would be great to find a rescue cat. Bobby's little face immediately drew my attention when I saw him on the Cats Protection website. He looked so appealing and also in need of someone to cherish him. I've always loved waifs and strays, and I adore black cats, so I thought he would be ideal for our family. We were told that he'd had a difficult start, so I was eager to give him a secure loving home. When we met him, he was a bit bewildered, but very responsive and I felt we could work with that.

"Bobby has been with us just over a week and has already settled in well. He is a bit obsessed with food, but is gradually calming down on that front, as he realises that he doesn't have to worry about not being fed. He makes us laugh with his funny ways, whether he's racing around the house like there's no tomorrow, or chasing his tail. He is also very affectionate and likes to curl up on an available lap and purr away, which is not what we expected so soon. I am so glad that we decided to welcome him into our lives. He is a very rewarding little chap and I look forward to watching him grow and learn more about his quirky ways."

Other magnificent moggies that have been homed since Black Cat Day include:

Mable (Midnight Black) from our Belfast Adoption Centre 

black cat sideways head

Kitkat (Desire Deep Red) from our Lichfield & Tamworth Branch 

black cat

Newton (Carpathian Grey) and Maddison (Shadow Moon Black) from our Preston Branch 

black cat  in outdoor pen


black cat

If you would like to adopt a beautiful black cat of your own, visit www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat to find the cats looking for homes in your area.

Register for free to take on a thrilling challenge for Cats Protection

In June 2018, 21 brave cat lovers took to the hills of Snowdonia National Park to complete an exhilarating 100mph zipwire challenge over a large blue quarry lake to help raise over £4,000 for cats and kittens.

Zipworld Velocity is the fastest zipwire in Europe and allows for four people to tandem zip together, it really is a spectacle to behold as people fly past you!

Cats Protection zipwire challenge Zipworld Velocity

For those who are not natural adrenaline junkies there is a ‘practise run’ on a little zipper that you can do before being transported by the mountain trucks to the highest peak to be strapped in for the big zipper.

Rachel, Helen and Clayton all took part in aid of Cats Protection’s Carmarthen Branch. Rachel said: “I am absolutely petrified of heights but when I saw this challenge I thought, what better way to try to overcome my fear and help the cats and kittens in Carmarthen. I challenged myself to do something that is outside my comfort zone and raise important funds for my local branch of Cats Protection which I am passionate about.”

Cats protection cat champions

Cats Protection’s Fundraising Events Manager Rebecca Worth supported the team every step of the way and even joined them to take on the challenge, raising money for her local branch. She said: “As we arrived at Zipworld the scale of the challenge we were taking on really hit home. The start of the ‘big zipper’ was so high you couldn’t actually see it and the people looked likes specks. Luckily we were allowed to acclimatise with a ‘little zipper’ zipwire before a truck carried us high in to the sky for our descent. Knowing my sponsorship was going to help cats and kittens at my local branch meant there was no way I could back out. And, I am so glad I didn’t! The moment I touched down after the zipwire I wanted to go straight back up, my stomach was in my throat but I LOVED it!”

Michelle Kidd was another member of the zipwire team, along with her partner and daughter, and said: “It was the most amazing experience from start to finish. From someone terrified of heights… ‘close your eyes and think of the cats!’”

cats protection zipwire challenge zipworld velocity


If you would like to experience the thrilling zipwire for yourself or take on another adrenaline-fuelled challenge for Cats Protection, you can register for free* with our amazing Black Friday/Cyber Monday offer. 

Whether you are heading off on a bike ride or want to run a half marathon, you will find a challenge event to suit you - and you'll be raising vital funds for cats too!

Visit www.cats.org.uk/blkfricybmon to take a look at our events for 2019 and sign up for a challenge to get your adrenaline pumping. 

*Free registration is only valid for registration forms completed between 9am Friday 23 November and 9am Wednesday 28 November only. As all our events help raise vital funds to support the work of Cats Protection a minimum sponsorship pledge for each event does apply. You will receive full support with your fundraising.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Why do cats bury their poo?

It’s probably not a subject that most people spend too long thinking about, but anyone who has noticed their cat carefully covering their deposits may wonder what is going on and why they seem so intent on doing a good job. After all, the same interest in covering up poo cannot be said for our canine companions!

Tabby cat outdoors
Credit: Dmitry Bayer - Unsplash
So why do cats bother? Many people think that burying poo is just one example of the ways in which cats are fastidious creatures and have a more delicate sensibility than other animals, somehow knowing that visible waste is something socially unacceptable.

In fact, rather than it having anything to do with being offended or disgusted by their own waste, it is actually a hangover from the days when cats lived in the African Savannah and took up this activity in order to keep their whereabouts hidden. This meant that they could avoid detection from both sides of the food chain; it helped them to stay concealed from the bigger predators wanting a cat for dinner and the prey species the cats were trying to catch for their own dinner. It was simply a case of self-preservation!

Tabby and white cat in long grass
Credit: Pixabay
Another interesting fact about cats and their poo is that in the wild, cats steer clear of toileting near to areas in which they eat or drink to avoid contaminating their food and water. Our domestic cats still have this instinct and also prefer to toilet away from their food and water. They also understand that the act of toileting is when they are at their most vulnerable and so look for a safe and private location, in order to do their business, where they are less likely to be disturbed.

So you see, even something as seemingly bizarre as poo burying, often has its root cause in history – another reason to familiarise ourselves with the history of the domestic cat. Go to www.cats.org.uk/cat-care/ufo-elearn to find out more.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

How to buy a cat

If you’re looking for a new feline friend, we would of course advise you to adopt instead of buying online.

Cats Protection has thousands of cats waiting for new owners, and you can be sure that they have been well cared-for and received all their necessary health checks before you take them home.

However, we do understand that some people may prefer to buy from a pet seller. If you do, it’s important to do your research and make sure the cat is responsibly bred, otherwise you could be left with some unexpected vet bills.

tabby cat on sofa
Credit: Erik Jan Leusink - Unsplash
We’ve teamed up with some of the country’s other top animal welfare organisations, including Dogs Trust, Battersea and the RSPCA, to form the Pet Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG) – a coalition united in its aim to promote responsible pet advertising and reduce the number of adverts from unscrupulous, and often criminal, dealers and sellers.

Research by PAAG has found that 37% of people admitted they did no research before buying a new pet, and half of pet owners are unaware regulations have come into force for the buying and selling of pets online. In addition, a shocking 87% of people paid an average of £1,000 on unexpected veterinary fees after they had purchased their pet.

With 1,000 new adverts appearing every day, we’re determined to try and stop the public from being duped into buying sick pets advertised online, and to protect the health and welfare of any animal sold via online ads.

grey tabby kitten on bed
Credit: Kote Puerto - Unsplash
To do this, PAAG has launched a new website with lots of advice on how to buy a pet responsibly. It will also be updated regularly with scams to be aware of and will provide a place for anyone to confidentially report suspicious websites or traders.

The advice for buying a cat includes:

  • ask for a copy of its medical records, including vaccination certificate and records of worming and flea treatment. Ensure that registration papers, the parents’ hereditary disease screening certificates and microchip documentation are in order 
  • if you’re buying a kitten, you should see the kitten with its mother where it was bred and check that the facilities are clean and the litter appears alert and healthy. A kitten should be sociable and alert with bright eyes and no visible health problems and you should be able to handle the kittens freely under supervision. Don’t buy a kitten that is less than eight weeks old 
  • if your chosen cat does not originate from the place of purchase, ask about where it did come from and try to obtain its previous history 

For more useful pet buying information, or to report a pet advert, visit www.howtobuyapet.co.uk 

If you do decide to adopt not shop, visit www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat to give a magnificent moggy a second chance.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Purina® donates £100k to help cats in our National Cat Adoption Centre this November

We’re almost halfway through the month in which Purina® are kindly funding the running costs of our National Cat Adoption Centre, in Sussex. These funds will help all elements of the centre’s work in November such as looking after the hundreds of cats in their care and all the vital veterinary work that goes on at the centre.

We’ve been following Doobie and Tilly who are being cared for by our lovely volunteers and staff in the centre while they wait for a new home:

Doobie and Tilly update
 

Doobie and Tilly recently came into our admissions wing because sadly their owner passed away. Doobie is a friendly 5 year old black and white cat. Tilly, 9 years old, is a very friendly brown cat and enjoys being stroked.

Last week Doobie underwent some dental work to remove his teeth and the veterinary team also found that he tested positive for FIV. We hope Doobie will be fit to home this week once he has recovered from his dental work.

FIV is a condition that affects the white blood cells of the immune system in cats, similar to the virus that causes AIDs in humans so it reduces the cats immunity so they maybe more prone to picking up illnesses. Cats with FIV will need to be kept indoors to avoid contact with other cats. We have free guidance leaflets on both FIV and cats living indoors. To access these please visit www.cats.org.uk/cat-care/care-leaflets

Lucky for Tilly, she has now found a home with a lovely owner! We will update you on the progress of Doobie in the next week or so.

A massive thank you to Purina® from us and all the cats in our care for their continued support. The funds from Purina® will help provide the food, warmth and shelter that cats like Doobie and Tilly need while they look for their forever home.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Purrfect Landlords: Helping to give renters the chance to own cats

Cats Protection has launched a major new campaign to help more people living in rented housing own a cat.

Issues over finding cat-friendly housing have been one of the top five reasons for cats being handed into the charity over the past 12 months with research showing that less than half of private rented housing allows cats.


Jacqui Cuff, Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations, said: “More and more people are renting their homes either by choice or necessity, yet very few rented properties accept cats. This means tenants are missing out on being able to own a cat, while landlords may be losing out on attracting responsible and settled tenants.

“We hear from renters who tell us most adverts state ‘no pets’. Often, the reason for not allowing cats is simply habit, with a third of landlords who don’t accept cats saying they didn’t proactively choose to ban cats, but instead followed a standard template or advice from a letting agent.”

As well as preventing people from experiencing the joy of owning a cat, this also sometimes results in heartbreak for cat owners who are forced to give up their beloved pet when moving into a new property.

Dilys Barnes, of Gorleston, Norfolk, and her partner Steve were forced to give up their own much-loved pet cat Buster to Cats Protection in June 2018, when their landlord decided to sell their property and they were left unable to find new rented housing which accepted cats.

Dilys and Steve were heartbroken to have to give up their cat Buster
Dilys said: “Every single advert we saw said ‘no pets’ and whenever we enquired, the answer was always no. We were devastated, and the whole thing was very traumatic. We loved him dearly, yet had to give him away, very much against our wishes.

“It seems so unfair, as he was our pet and no bother at all. We really miss him. I love cats, but I now find it very hard to stroke one when I see one in the street – it’s almost as if I’m too scared to get attached or enjoy their company as I know I cannot have my own pet cat.”

Private tenants who are able to own cats benefit immensely. Of those that own a cat, 94% report that their cat has a positive effect on their life such as making them happy, providing company and affection, or improving mental health.

Broadcaster, writer and Cats Protection supporter Andrew Collins said: “Cats are more than just much-loved pets, they’re part of the family and the heart of the home. For me, a home without a cat isn’t a home at all! They’ve got an important role to play in the lives of many people – from helping children understand about caring for others to providing a lifeline to pensioners who may otherwise feel isolated and lonely.


“It’s heart-breaking that so many renters are not able to own a cat but this needn’t be the case. Cats Protection’s Purrfect Landlords campaign is a major step forward in modernising how cat ownership is viewed in a rental market many people now rely on. By helping landlords see the benefits of happy, settled tenants, we can help more tenants experience the joy of sharing their lives with a feline friend.”

Jacqui added: “The reality is that cats very rarely cause problems for landlords. In actual fact, many cat owners tell us that having a cat is what makes their house a home and helps them put down roots and value the home they’re living in.

“The aim of Cats Protection’s Purrfect Landlords campaign is to transform renting so that responsible cat ownership benefits both landlords and tenants - happy landlords, happy tenants, happy cats.”

To find more information about the Purrfect Landlords campaign, including example pet policies for landlords and advice for tenants wishing to ask permission to own a cat, visit www.cats.org.uk/purrfectlandlords 

Five ways to show cats kindness

Although cats are quite independent, they still need us to look out for them, providing them with food and water, a warm place to sleep, hide and get up high, and making sure they are happy and healthy. 

Whether you have a moggy companion of your own, or just appreciate fabulous felines from afar, here are some things you can do to show them you care…

1. Learn about their needs 

Cats are often misunderstood but by brushing up on your moggy knowledge you can make sure you know how to give them exactly what they need. For example, did you know that cats often prefer to live apart from other cats, or that when they show you their tummy, they’re not actually asking you to stroke it? You can find lots more fascinating feline facts on our website, including information on cats’ five welfare needs.

tabby cat with feather toy

2. Have some playtime 

Kitties love to burn off some energy by running, jumping and pouncing so if you have a cat at home then they’ll appreciate you taking some time to play with them. You could buy them a fishing rod toy from the pet shop, or make your own enrichment from some common household items – a great activity for kids to get involved in! If you don’t have your own moggy to play with, then why not donate a toy to your local Cats Protection so they can use it to give the cats in their care a more enjoyable stay.

3. Support neutering 

Getting cats neutered at four months of age really is one of the best ways to show them kindness as you will be reducing their chance of contracting a range of infectious diseases, make them less likely to fight with other cats, stray away from home in search of a mate and prevent them from suffering the stress and dangers of having and rearing kittens. If you have your own cat, then Cats Protection may be able to help towards the cost of their neutering operation, and if you have any unneutered feral cats in your area, then your local branch or centre should be able to help with that too!

white cat in pen

4. Give to Cats Protection 

Cats Protection helps show kindness to around 200,000 cats every year but we couldn’t do it without the support of cat lovers like you. If you have some cash to spare, then we can use it to care for thousands of unwanted cats across the UK until they find their forever homes, and we’ll always keep you updated on how your donation is helping. If you can’t donate money, then maybe you could give some of your time instead by volunteering in one of our many and varied roles.

5. Adopt a cat of your own 

For most cats, there is nothing like a warm and cosy home they can call their own. If you can offer a cat their own kitty kingdom, then take a look at our website to find the amazing cats waiting for homes in your area. No matter what your circumstances, we’ll always do our best to match you with the purrfect companion, and you can be sure they’ll come vet checked, vaccinated, neutered, microchipped, and with four weeks’ free pet insurance ready to start their new life with you.

ginger cat

How do you show cats kindness? We’d love to hear your stories in the comments below, or on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Can cats taste sugar?

With the heightened awareness that eating too many sugary foods is bad for us, but ditching the donuts seeming nigh on impossible for many, it is natural to wonder if sugar can cause our feline friends the same dietary dilemmas that it causes us.

Cats don't have a taste for sugary treats
Due to their physiological requirement for a meat based diet, cats appear to be one of the few animals on the planet that cannot taste sugar. Although they have taste buds just like we do, the receptors on their tongues that are responsible for detecting sweetness are not particularly sensitive. This lack of an ability to detect sweetness means that the lucky things are not plagued by a sweet tooth!

Instead, a cat’s taste receptors are programmed to detect and react to meaty flavours as it is this that drives their appetites and food choices. This makes a lot of sense as cats are carnivores and must eat meat in order to stay fit and healthy. As cats do not have a biological need to eat sugar or carbohydrates there has been no need for them to develop a taste for it! Unlike humans, for whom carbohydrates and sugars do play an important part of the diet, cats are not drawn to this source of quick energy.

Of course there are always exceptions to the rule and there may be some of you out there who are convinced your cat is partial to a piece of chocolate or will do anything for a lick of your ice cream. But it’s probably not the sweet taste they are attracted to, rather it is highly likely that it is the fat content they are enjoying.

Avoid giving your cat sugary foods, even if they beg!
Bear in mind too that one of the most popular sugary treats of all, chocolate, can be lethal for cats. Although most cats won't eat it on their own, they can be coaxed to eat it by owners who think they are giving their cat a treat. There is a toxic agent in chocolate called theobromine and eating this substance can cause heart problems, muscle tremors or seizures in cats. While all forms of chocolate are poisonous, the worse culprits are the ones with the most concentrated form of chocolate such as dark chocolate and any unsweetened chocolate such as the type used for cooking. Chocolate also contains caffeine which is another poisonous substance to cats.

To keep your cat healthy, don't feed them sugary foods. Although sugar isn't toxic to cats, it brings zero nutritional value, can cause obesity and lead to dental disease and diabetes, just like it does in humans. Instead, take a look at our advice on what you should feed you cat here.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

How can I tell if my cat is stressed?

We all know what it’s like to feel under pressure at some point, but did you know that your cat can also feel stressed? In aid of National Stress Awareness Day, we’re focussing on cat body language.

Unsure if your cat is stressed? Watch our video to watch out for the signs.



1. Your cat is feeling relaxed if…

Your cat is feeling content if its ears are forward and appear ‘soft.’ Your cat’s eyes might be shut, half-closed or slow blinking with small pupils. Its whiskers will appear relaxed too.

2. Your cat is alert if…

If  they've noticed something they like the look of, your cat’s ears are pricked, forward and pointy. Its eyes are open with small pupils and its whiskers are pointed forward.

3. Your cat is worried or anxious if…

You might notice that your cat is crouched down and appearing like they don’t want to be touched. Its ears are pricked and turning to locate sounds. Its eyes are open with wide pupils and its whiskers are pointed forward.

4. Your cat is stressed if…

Your cat might appear stressed if they have flattened their body to tried to get up high. You’ll need to give them space to move away and don’t try to touch them. Your cat's ears can appear flat and eyes open wide, with whiskers pointed forward.

5. Your cat is depressed if…

Noticed that your cat appears listless and uninterested in things around them? Their ears will appear forward but drooping. Their eyes will be open and they'll be uninterested in looking at their surroundings.

How can I make my cat feel less stressed?



Each cat is different, and what might cause stress to one cat will have no impact on another. Behavioural issues, like being stressed, can be difficult for owners to identify and understand - especially if there is more than one issue.

If you are concerned about your cat's stress levels, you should always go and see your vet. They can refer you to a suitably qualified behaviourist, such as a member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (www.apbc.org.uk) or a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist. (CCAB.)

Friday, 2 November 2018

How to draw a cat

If you’re a cat-lover with an artistic flair, you might be interested in our latest YouTube series. Featuring a line-up of excellent artists and illustrators, our ‘How to draw a Cat’ series focuses on how to make cat-themed images – using everything from pencil and paint to animation software.

The first episode features Rus Hudda, Creative Designer at Cats Protection, as he shows how he creates some of the artwork that you might see in our leaflets and guides. Using an iPad Pro and Apple pencil, he sets to work creating a drawing inspired by his own cat, Tali.

Next up is Ruth Hammond, a freelance illustrator who loves to illustrate cats using a combination of pencils and watercolours – something you might even be able to attempt at home.

The third episode features Garth Jones, an animator at studio Persistent Peril. He explains how he uses specialist animation software to create short films about cats – some of which have appeared on our YouTube channel.

Illustrator Sally Townsend is the focus of the fourth episode, showing how she illustrates cats using her sketchbook and tablet. Created in a distinctive style, Sally’s cats are definitely full of character!

Finally, well-known illustrator John Bond explains how to draw a cat from the comfort of his studio. Although he is typically known for drawing dogs, he’s given creating cats and go – and this one has a spooky Halloween theme.

You can watch the series below, where you’ll learn more about all of the excellent artists featured.



Thursday, 1 November 2018

Purina help cats in our National Cat Adoption Centre this November

Did you know that in a given month our National Cat Adoption Centre (NCAC) based in Sussex on average provides around 2,500 meals for cats in their care, rehome around 100 cats and perform around 70 medical procedures? That’s a lot of work and a lot of food!

Well, we want to thank Purina® who are kindly donating £100k to us to fund the costs of running our National Cat Adoption Centre for the month of November. These funds will help all elements of the centre’s work in November such as looking after the hundreds of cats in their care and all the vital veterinary work that goes on at the centre.

Our NCAC is located in Ashdown Forest, Sussex and is our flagship centre, combining all the elements of our work. Our NCAC also has its own veterinary clinic on site and the funds from Purina will also help this key area of the centre’s work too.

A typical day in the centre

Before the centre opens to the public at 10am there will most likely be between 200 and 300 cats to feed, so it’s all hands on deck! Throughout the day, the team of volunteers and Cat Care Assistants will undertake a variety of other tasks such as cleaning the pens, laundry, completing health checks for new arrivals, responding to online queries and telephone calls, liaising with potential adopters and getting cats ready to be homed to name but a few.

Our centre has 202 cat pens in a variety of wings. There are two homing wings; which are open to the public to view cats looking for homes. We have an admissions wing for cats that have recently come into our care and an isolation wing should any cats need to be monitored. Finally, we also have a family and maternity wing – during kitten season this can be a very busy section for the team! 
In addition, our centre is unique as it also has a vet clinic on site specifically for use by the centre. They will undertake a vet run every Monday and Friday to check whether any cats in our admissions section require any treatment. The vet surgeon and their team will then perform these procedures on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

How the funds from Purina will help cats in our care like Doobie and Tilly

black cat and black and white cat

Doobie and Tilly recently came into our admissions wing because sadly their owner passed away. Doobie is a friendly five-year-old, black-and-white cat. Doobie is due to undergo some dental work next week, so should hopefully be ready for homing w/c 12 November.

Tilly, nine years old, is a very friendly brown cat and tries to give cuddles! Tilly is having a vet check on Friday to see if she is ready for homing. We will look to home Doobie and Tilly together once they’re both ready to move to the homing wing. We will keep you updated on their progress, so please look back here from 12 November for an update!

A massive thank you to Purina from us and all the cats in our care for their continued support. The funds from Purina will help provide the food, warmth and shelter that cats like Doobie and Tilly need while they look for their forever home