Wednesday, 20 March 2019

The Sorting Cat: Which Mogwarts house does your cat belong to?

As any Harry Potter fan will know, cats are a witch or wizard’s best friend.

From Hermione’s faithful moggy Crookshanks, to Professor McGonagall’s tabby Animagus, there are many felines roaming the halls of Hogwarts.

Therefore, we thought it was about time that our feline friends had their own school of witchcraft and wizardry.

Mogwarts crest


Acceptance letters for Mogwarts will be delivered by owl to moggies across the world very soon, and then each new pupil will be sorted into a house.

So which house do you think the Sorting Cat will pick for your pet? Are they a friendly Hufflepuss, a loyal Gryffinclaw, a smart Ravenpaw or a curious Snifferin?

Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

Hufflepuss 
Hufflepuss crest

Do you have a sleepy kitty who loves a cosy cat nap? Do they like to roll over and show you their furry tummy and purr when you give them a fuss? If you have a friendly feline who likes to calmly wander around their kingdom, then they certainly belong in Hufflepuss.

Gryffinclaw 
Gryffinclaw crest

If your little lion is always by your side, rubbing their cheeks up against your ankles and nuzzling you with their nose then you have a loyal and affectionate Gryffinclaw. They love to go on adventures, whether it’s climbing on the furniture or chasing that catnip mouse around the bedroom at 5am.

Ravenpaw 
Ravenpaw crest

Has your moggy worked out exactly when their next meal is due and will let you know about it with an urgent meow? Ravenpaws are highly intelligent and are also very vocal about it. They like to stay active though, to burn off all that energy from their dinner.

Snifferin 
Snifferin crest

If you have a curious cat who is always sniffing out new places to explore then they would make a great Snifferin. These mogs are energetic and playful, always leaping and pouncing on anything that moves – so make sure you keep your fingers and toes out of the way!

Friday, 15 March 2019

How to create the perfect cat sleeping spot

While most cats don’t seem to have a problem with snoozing, often fitting in an impressive 16 hours a day, some still need a little help finding the purrfect conditions for nodding off. To make sure your moggy is getting plenty of sleep, here are some tips for making your home a cat-friendly snoozing paradise.

1. Provide plenty of options 

Cats like to regularly switch between different sleeping locations to protect themselves from fleas and other parasites, so it’s best to provide them with a few different beds situated around the house. If you have more than one cat, makes sure each moggy has a few different beds they can call their own. Cats are solitary and so typically they don’t like to share, unless they are a bonded pair.

tabby and white cat asleep

 2. Give them some height 

Cats feel safest when they are somewhere up high as this keeps them away from any potential dangers at ground level and means they have a good vantage point to see their surroundings. Having elevated sleeping areas, such as beds on shelves, the tops of wardrobes or the backs of sofas is a good idea, but make sure they are still easily accessible, especially if your cat is old or ill.

ginger cat asleep

3. Keep it cosy 

Make sure your cat’s beds are away from any draughty areas but also not too close to any heat sources – the temperature should be not too cold or too warm but just right. Soft, fleecy beds provide the most comfort and if they have tall sides that your cat can hide behind, such as a carboard box, that’s even better.

tabby cat asleep in drawer

4. Do not disturb 

Position your cat’s sleeping spots away from any noisy appliances (such as washing machines) and busy areas of the home (such as the hallway). A quiet corner of a bedroom or living room is ideal, and once your cat is snoozing, make sure you leave them alone to avoid startling them awake.

ginger and white cat asleep on bed

5. Keep their scent 

When washing your cat’s bedding, avoid washing all of their beds at the same time. Cats rely heavily on smell to understand the world around them so leave at least one bed with a reassuring scent behind to help them feel safe. Then, when they’ve moved on to sleep in a clean bed, you can wash the dirty one.

tabby cat asleep

6. Space it out 

Cats like to sleep away from where they eat, drink and toilet, so make sure there is plenty of space between their food bowl, water bowl, litter tray and beds. You can however place their scratch post close to their favourite bed, as they often like to have a stretch and scratch just after they’ve woken up.

tabby and white cat asleep on its back with paws in the air

Do cats dream? 

If you’ve ever watched your cat sleeping and seen their whiskers, ears or tail start to twitch, you may have wondered if this is a sign that they’re dreaming. While we can’t be sure if our moggies do dream, research into other animals shows that it is quite likely.

While studying the brain activity of rats, researchers at The Centre for Learning and Memory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that the exact same pattern of neurons fired in the memory area of the rats’ brains while they were asleep as had fired while they were running around a maze searching for food when they were awake. This led them to conclude that the rats were reliving the maze experiment in their dreams.

So if rats dream about their previous experiences, then maybe our feline friends do too. More research would be needed for us to know for sure though.

For more information about cats’ sleeping habits, visit the Cats Protection website.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

How do cats drink?

If you have ever watched your cat lapping up some water, whether it’s from their bowl or your own glass that you carelessly left unattended for a few minutes, you might think they’re simply scooping up the water with their tongue.

While this is the technique dogs use to drink, cats in fact have a much more elegant method that uses some clever science.

When you watch a cat drink in slow motion, you’ll see the tip of their tongue extend down to the surface of the water and curl backwards so that only the top of the tongue touches the liquid.

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Next they quickly retract their tongue back upwards at speeds of almost 80 centimetres per second, bringing some of the water with it.

The liquid sticks to their tongue thanks to adhesion – much like water sticks to your own hands when you touch it – and the water molecules also stick to each other thanks to cohesion.

This, combined with the speed of the tongue movement, helps the water to briefly overcome gravity, forming a column of liquid that reaches up to the cat’s mouth.

tabby and white cat drinking water with tongue
Cats only dip the tip of their tongue in the water when drinking
Using their quick reflexes, the cat can then catch the top of this column of water in their mouth before it falls back into the bowl, all without getting their furry chin wet.

Although they only manage to get a small amount of liquid each time, they can complete this process at an impressive rate of four laps per second, so it all adds up to a thirst-quenching drink.

Although some dogs can use a similar technique, they tend to dip more of their tongues into the water, which creates a much bigger mess!

For more information about cats and drinking, visit the Cats Protection website.

See also: 8 tips to get your cat to drink more water

Friday, 8 March 2019

Meet Cats Protection founder Jessey Wade

During the 1920s cats were not seen as the companion animals they are today. Rather than pets most were thought of as nothing more than pests.

Concern was expressed at the general ignorance of many people regarding the needs of the domestic cat, so much so that on 16 May 1927 a group of like-minded people gathered together at Caxton Hall in London to form the Cats Protection League, an educational society to raise the status of cats.

The charity’s founder was Miss Jessey Wade, a tireless campaigner for animal welfare and a founder or original member of other societies such as The Humanitarian League, The Pit Ponies’ Protection Society, The Performing and Captive Animals’ Defence League and The League for the Prohibition of Cruel Sports (now League Against Cruel Sports).

illustration of Cats Protection founder Jessey Wade with cat
Jessey Wade wrote artciles for The Animals' Friend journal supporting animal rights
She was also a champion of women’s rights; she was friends with renowned Suffragists, Eve Gore Booth and Esther Roper, editor of their journal Urania and a member of the Women’s Freedom League. Demanding votes for women, in 1911, Jessey, along with thousands of women across the country, voided her census, scrawling ‘No Vote, No Census’ across it.

Jessey was personal secretary and friend to publisher Ernest Bell of George Bell & Sons, a London publishing firm who produced the magazines and journals of many animal charities. Ernest was the Editor of The Animals’ Friend and Jessey was editor of The Little Animals’ Friend, a sister journal for children.

Jessey was a prolific writer on animal rights. She wrote articles for The Animals’ Friend, pamphlets for the charities above and sent letters to numerous national and local papers speaking out against the ill treatment of animals. She wanted to see an end to them working in pits and mines, being exploited in circuses and shows and having their fur and feathers used in fashion.

black and white illustration of cat and Jessey Wade at desk
Tibby the cat and a woman who we think is Jessey Wade
(From The Aniamls' Friend Cat Book - Credit G Bell & Sons SM)
She loved all animals but there can be no doubt that the cat was one of her favourites. In 1917 Jessey wrote the The Animals' Friend Cat Book, published by Bell Brothers. In this she refers to their office cat Tibby, and in the front of the book is an illustration of Tibby the cat and a lady next to him. We can’t know for sure but we like to think that this is of Jessey herself! It is the only likeness we have been able to track down.

It was this book that led to Jessey creating the Cats Protection League (CPL) in 1927. Her old friend and colleague Ernest Bell became Treasurer.

Covers of The Cats’ Mews-sheet and The Cat magazine from 1930s
A selection of covers of The Cats' Mews-sheet and The Cat edited by Jessey Wade 
Jessey included updates of the CPL’s progress in The Animals’ Friend but in 1931 she created the charity’s first magazine, The Cats’ Mews-sheet. This later changed its name in 1934 to The Cat. It is the longest running cat magazine in the UK if not the world (we can’t find proof of any other magazine to rival it!) and has not missed an issue in its almost 90 years of publication. It is also claimed to be the first magazine that was exclusively devoted to the ordinary cat, and encouraging people to better understand their needs.

Jessey was a formidable and determined woman, age certainly didn’t dim her energy. She was 67 when she founded Cats Protection, 75 when she stepped down as editor of The Cat magazine and 79 when she retired as Chairman due to ill health. She died at the age of 91 in 1952.

 A tribute was written to her in The Cat magazine – “Jessey Wade was an outstanding example of the triumph of mind, or will power, over matter. Petite and of fragile appearance, her indomitable spirit carried her through mental and physical exertions that would have daunted even the most robust. We will never see her like again but her memory will inspire us to continue the task she set us.”

To find out more about Cats Protection’s history, visit www.cats.org.uk/what-we-do/about-us/our-history 

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Cat called Peter Rabbit rescued from the rain

A black-and-white cat found abandoned in the pouring rain in Rayleigh is now back on his paws thanks to Cats Protection.

Volunteers from our Rayleigh, Castle Point & District Branch were alerted to the six-month-old cat last December, who was found soaking wet and covered in mud at an abandoned house.

black and white cat soaking wet inside a cage
Peter Rabbit just after he was rescued from the rain
Now named Peter Steve Rabbit by his new owner Liz Smith, a self-confessed Beatrix Potter fan, he is now a much-loved member of the family.

Norman Mills, from Cats Protection’s Rayleigh, Castle Point & District Branch, said: “Peter Steve Rabbit was severely malnourished, weighing just 1.5kg when he first came into our care. When we finally managed to dry him off, we were surprised to see a slightly fluffy-looking cat, who just needed some TLC.

black and white cat
Peter Rabbit enjoying his forever home
“It’s thanks to a man, named Steve (hence Peter’s middle name), clearing the abandoned house, that we were called. We also found Peter’s brother who was locked inside the building.”

Peter is now settled in his new home with Liz and is already best friends with her other two cats, Beatrix Mary Potter, who was adopted from Cats Protection last year and Miss Ivy Moppet, who was adopted from the charity just last week.

black and white cat lying on sofa
Peter loves a warm place for a snooze
Liz said: “Peter Steve Rabbit is such a lovely cat who has already become one of the family. We adopted him just five weeks ago and in that time, he has grown in confidence and now seems very settled. After adopting Peter, I later saw the photo of him, drenched from rain, in the branch’s newsletter. It broke my heart to think of him like that but am pleased that I’ve been able to give him a fresh start to life.

“He’s now put on some weight and absolutely loves his food. Because of his experiences as a stray cat, we think he appreciates all the little things such as a warm and safe place to sleep.”

To adopt your own marvellous moggy, visit www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat

Monday, 4 March 2019

Are cleaning products safe for cats? How to make your spring clean feline-friendly

From the captivating cleaning videos of Mrs Hinch to the tidying methods of Marie Kondo, getting your house into shape has never been so popular. Whether you consider yourself a keen ‘hincher’ or you are keen on giving your home a good spring clean, we have some tips on how to make your spring clean feline-friendly – from what is poisonous to cats, to how to make your space more appealing.

What cleaning products are poisonous to cats?

spray bottle for home cleaning


Ensuring your cat avoids cleaning products that could be harmful to them is important. Some products can cause burns on your cat’s paws or even in their throat or stomach if they swallow the product. Others can cause permanent damage and some can even be fatal if your cat isn’t treated quickly. Cats can be curious creatures and are even known to drink from toilets and sinks, which can be dangerous if they contain something toxic. Products to keep out of reach include:

• bleach
• oven cleaner
• dishwasher tablets
• laundry detergent

Signs of poisoning in cats

Concerned that your cat has come into contact with toxic cleaning products? Look out for the following signs of poisoning to know what to do next:

• ulcers and sore looking skin – either on their paws or inside their mouth or on their tongue
• vomiting
• collapsing
• seeming to have less energy
• issues with appetite
• dribbling or foaming at the mouth
• rubbing their face and mouth with their paws

If your cat has any of these symptoms, it is important to contact your vet right away. Give your vet as much information as possible about what has caused their symptoms – it’s helpful to keep the packaging of the cleaning product so the vet can give them the right treatment.

How can I keep my cleaning cat-safe?

Keeping your cleaning feline-friendly can be fuss-free and you only need to make a few changes. There are plenty of pet-safe cleaning products to buy if you’re prepared to do the research – from carpet shampoo and washing detergent to stain removers.

Natural cleaning products



There are also lots of natural cleaning products that can be used to clean your home without harming your cat. These products are also less damaging to the environment. Try the following:

• baking soda
• vinegar
• lemon juice

You’ll find plenty of YouTube videos advocating the joy of simple baking soda on stains, or how you can use vinegar to clean your windows!

Keep your pet out of the way


While your cat might be keen to help you out with the spring cleaning, keeping little paws out of the way is a good idea. Not only does it keep your surfaces clean (for a little while longer at least) but it also ensures they are out of harm’s way.

Mopping down floors or wiping down your kitchen surfaces? Keep your cat out of the space until everything is dry. They’re less likely to accidentally get cleaning products on their skin and you’re less likely to end up with pawprints on your newly mopped floor!

If you’ve just put bleach down the toilet, keep the toilet lid closed to ensure your cat doesn’t start drinking. Do you have a mischievous cat that has learnt to open cupboard doors? Keep cleaning products on a high shelf, or consider putting a childproof lock on your cupboard.

Making your space cat-friendly

Fans of clean and tidy homes will be pleased to hear that cats also appreciate an ordered environment. They’re also fans of their own space. You can find more information about creating a cat-friendly home in our guide

Have you got any tips to keep your cleaning feline-friendly? Tweet us at @CatsProtection.

For more on how to prevent poisoning in your cat, visit www.cats.org.uk/poisoning

Saffi the rescue kitten celebrates 22nd birthday

A scrawny kitten found abandoned at the former Blyth Power Station in Northumberland in 1997 is celebrating reaching the grand old age of 22.

Saffi, named after the Absolutely Fabulous character by owner Kath Dryden, was rescued by Cats Protection when she was just four weeks old and placed in the care of a fosterer in Ashington.

black cat with birthday card
Saffi recieved lots of extra fuss for her birthday
“We had gone to the fosterer to get a companion for our cat Cotton, expecting to get a young adult cat,” said Kath.

“The fosterer told us the story of a young black female kitten who had been dumped at the power station. She left the room and came back with such a scrawny, ugly little mite with whom we instantly fell in love.

black kitten lying on human's legs
Saffi as a tiny kitten
“She was called Lucy, we handed over £10 donation fee, signed the forms and left with her in her new little carrier.”

The introduction of the new cat, who was renamed Saffi, had an immediate effect on the Dryden’s other cat, Cotton, who kept going missing and returning to their old house.

black cat on garden path

Kath said: “On arriving home her big brother took one look and you could see his brain ticking over thinking ‘oh, so if I leave you are going to replace me. I don't think so’ and never went missing again. So she saved him!

Unfortunately, Cotton passed away at the age of 10 from cancer and Saffi then shared her home with Roobarb and Custard, who have both since passed away. Crumble is the newest addition to the household, although Saffi isn’t a fan of the latest arrival.

Old age had not been without its struggles for Saffi, who has a list of ailments including high blood pressure and thyroid problems.

black cat with collar

Kath added: “She is now deaf and blind but can map her way around the house easily finding her bed, water, food and a choice of three litter trays. She can still jump up onto the settee and bed but prefers to be lifted up and down.

While getting on a bit, Saffi still has a long way to go to beat the Guinness World Record for the oldest cat – Texan Creme Puff lived for 38 years and three days.

Do you have a mature moggy that has recently celebrated a big birthday? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

To find your own life-long feline friend, visit www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat

Sunday, 3 March 2019

How to care for a deaf cat

Cats usually have an acute sense of hearing but, like humans, sometimes they can be born deaf or gradually lose their hearing as they get older.

For World Hearing Day, we’ve got some advice on how to spot the signs of deafness in cats, and what you can do to make a deaf cat’s life safer and happier.

Then read on to discover some of the deaf cats in our care that are currently looking for their forever homes.


How to tell if you cat is hard of hearing 


The following signs may indicate that your cat has blocked, itchy or infected ears which can lead to deafness, so do take your cat to the vet.

• Shaking their head or clawing at their ear
• Calling out more often and more loudly
• No longer being afraid of noisy household appliances
• Any discharge or unpleasant odour coming from their ears


Tips for looking after a deaf cat


• Keep them indoors, or provide them with a secure garden or outside run so they can explore their surroundings in safety
• Make their home life more fun by providing interactive toys such as puzzle feeders
• Use hand signals or a low-powered torch as a substitute for calling out to your cat. Make sure any signal you use is distinct and consistent so your cat doesn’t get confused


Deaf cats in need of homes 


Beethoven from Northampton 



Three-year-old Beethoven is friendly and needs a home where he can be the only pet. Access to a secure garden would be ideal as he loves the outdoors. Please call 03447 003 251 to adopt

Snowflake from Beverley, East Yorkshire 



Four-year-old Snowflake is a very friendly cat who’d be an ideal family pet. Please call 07895 011 717 to adopt

Vodka from Haywards Heath, Sussex 


14-year-old Vodka is gentle and would suit a home with older children. She’s fine with other cats but does not like dogs. Please call 01444 647 012 to adopt

To find other cats in need of homes visit www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat

Further cat care advice can be found at www.cats.org.uk/cat-care

Friday, 1 March 2019

Mr Bumps needs a home after having 12cm lump removed

A stray cat from Cwmbran, Wales has had a 12cm diameter growth removed thanks to volunteers at Cats Protection’s Gwent Branch.

Branch volunteers were alerted to Mr Bumps’ plight when concerned residents in Fairwater posted photos on Facebook showing the large lump hanging from his chest.

tabby cat
Mr Bumps is ready to find a new home
Glynis Davies, co-ordinator of Gwent Branch, said: “Just like his namesake from the Mr. Men series of children’s books, Mr Bumps has definitely been in the wars.

“The growth on the lower part of his chest was 12cm across and was quite heavy.

“It was grazed and bleeding because it was dragging on the ground, but the vet said it would have been uncomfortable for him rather than painful.

“Poor Mr Bumps must have found it difficult to sit or lie down and to carry the extra weight around.”

With the help of a member of the public who had spotted Mr Bumps in her garden, Cats Protection volunteers caught him on 1 February and took him straight to Summerhill Veterinary Centre, Newport, for treatment.

The fatty lump was successfully removed that night and thankfully Mr Bumps has made a full recovery.

He’s currently in the care of a Cats Protection volunteer fosterer but is looking for a permanent new home.

Glynis said: “Mr Bumps has healed really well and is loving life off the streets in his foster home - so we hope life will be a bit less bumpy for him from now on.

“I’m sure he’s feeling much better now the huge lump has been removed!

“He wasn’t microchipped or wearing a collar - and no one has come forward to claim him. So we’re hoping someone will want to give him a great new home.

“We’re looking for a quiet household for him as we think he may have spent a long time living outside.

“He’s about four years old, is very affectionate and loves a fuss. He’ll make someone a fantastic companion!”

If you’re interested in adopting Mr Bumps, you can contact the branch by calling 0345 371 2747 or email info@gwent.cats.org.uk

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

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Cat-themed costume inspiration for World Book Day

World Book Day is just one week away! If you (or your little one) are still looking for inspiration on what to dress up as, we’ve compiled a list of our top cat-themed costumes. Whether you’re a hardened Harry Potter fan or have a penchant for fairy-tale felines, there is a World Book Day costume to suit you.

The Cat in the Hat



Arguably Dr Seuss’ most famous character, The Cat in the Hat is a purrfect option for book fans. Find a red-and-white striped hat and red bow tie and get handy with the face paint. Talking in rhyme all day: optional.

Hermione Granger and Crookshanks



Add an extra dose of magic to World Book Day and dress up as sassy witch Hermione Granger. While Crookshanks is technically half cat and half-kneazle, he’s still one of our favourite fictional cats. Rope in a friend for an enviable fancy dress duo.

The Cheshire Cat



Known for its distinctive mischievous grin, Alice in Wonderland’s Cheshire Cat is a book-lovers favourite. Time to don all the stripes you own and a smile set to make your jaw ache all day. We’re all mad here.

Puss in Boots



A fairy-tale favourite as well as the star of the popular Shrek films, Puss in Boots is an ideal choice for those seeking a cat costume with attitude. Plus, it is the perfect excuse to wear a hat with a feather in it.

Garfield



With his lazy attitude, obsessive eating, coffee drinking and aversion to Monday mornings, Garfield is a cat we can all relate to. Fans of the popular comic strip should dress up as Garfield for World Book Day – you could even take on his mannerisms for the day.

Jess, Postman Pat’s cat



With an adventurous nature and a heroic streak, black-and-white cat Jess has helped Postman Pat with his post round since she was a kitten. Get a friend or family member to dress up as Pat and you can be his ultimate delivery buddy.

Mildred Hubble and Tabby, The Worst Witch



Another great fictional witch is Mildred Hubble, accompanied by her faithful cat, Tabby. Tabby is the only non-black cat at Cackle’s Academy and is hopeless at flying, struggling to stay on Mildred’s broomstick. She also makes for a great costume for World Book Day!

Looking for other creative cat costume ideas?

How about some of the following fictional felines?
• Tom Kitten from the Beatrix Potter series
• The Owl and the Pussycat (especially if you’ve got an owl-loving classmate!)
• Mog by Judith Kerr
• Dick Whittington and his cat
• Gobbolino The Witch’s Cat by Urusula Moray Williams
• Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson
• Slinky Malinki by Lynley Dodd

If you’re feeling inspired by our cat-themed literary characters, don’t forget to share pictures of your #WorldBookDay costumes on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #CatsProtection

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

How to make a cat garland

Cupboards are banging and cake tins are clanging as cat-lovers across the country are preparing for this year’s Pawsome Afternoon Tea.

Get together with your friends, family, colleagues or school mates for a cup of tea and some tasty treats, all to raise money for cats and kittens.

afternoon tea

You can register for your own party pack at www.pawsometea.org and if you want to give your party that extra ‘je ne sais chat’ you can let everyone know what it’s all about with some of paper cat garlands.

Use some wrapping paper to get some really long chains or newspaper for a vintage look.

1. Print and cut out our cat template

black cat silhouette template

2. Cut a strip of paper 9cm wide and as long as you would like your garland to be

plastic ruler measuring strip of paper

3. Fold the paper back and forth every 10cm like a zig zag

plastic ruler measuring strip of multicoloured paper

4. Draw around the cat template onto the top of your paper – make sure that the lines go all the way to the edges of the paper

cat outline drawn on multi-coloured paper

5. Cut out the shape through all the folded layers. Make sure not to cut through the folded edges!

cutting out cat shape from multi-coloured paper

6. Unfold and put on display!

multi-coloured paper cat garland

If you’re getting crafty for your own Pawsome Afternoon Tea then let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.  

For ideas of kitty-themed bakes you can make for your Pawsome Tea, check out our YouTube channel

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

What is World Spay Day?

Today marks the 25th anniversary of World Spay Day – but what is it and what does it mean to cat-owners?

World Spay Day happens annually, aiming to raise awareness of the importance of neutering or spaying pets. At Cats Protection, we’re collaborating with a group of cat and vet organisations to raise awareness of the need to neuter your cat.

If you’re a cat owner, you might already be aware of the importance of neutering. Cats are able to have kittens from very young, so we recommend neutering your cat from four months to ensure you aren’t left with an unwanted litter.



Has your cat been neutered?

If they haven’t, you could put yourself at risk of unwanted kittens – they can be costly and difficult to look after.

The PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report 2018 revealed that 9% of cats are not neutered, which equates to around 999,000 unneutered cats in the UK. Top reasons for not neutering a cat included:

• The owner hadn’t thought about it (24%)
• The cat doesn’t go outside (15%)
• The cat is too young (15%)

If you want to know more about the importance of neutering, head to www.cats.org.uk/neutering-your-cat

What are Cats Protection doing to help cat overpopulation?


As part of World Spay Day, the Cats Population Group is urging for owners to neuter their cat. This will help to reduce the amount of cats that are now being looked after in the care of Cats Protection and other charities. Currently, there are thousands of cats in Cats Protection’s care – something that could well be avoided by neutering.

In 2017, Cats Protection neutered 153,000 cats. This huge amount has contributed to helping the overpopulation issue for cats in the UK.

We’ve also piloted our stray cat project, Cat Watch, in six regions in the UK, with the aim of estimating the number of strays in the UK and working with urban communities to improve cat welfare. The first trial launched in Bulwell in Nottingham in 2016 and thanks to this work, in 2018 there were no homeless kittens born on the streets of Bulwell.

With our campaigns, you can also get help with the cost of having your cat neutered. Our neutering campaigns can be found here: www.cats.org.uk/current-neutering-campaigns

To find out more about World Spay Day and the great work that organisations are putting in to neutering cats, visit www.cats.org.uk/worldspayday

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

How to love your human - advice for cats

As the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, we’re always giving cat owners advice on how to best look after their marvellous moggies.

However, as many cat lovers will know, it’s often the kitties themselves that are in charge, with their ‘owners’ becoming their faithful servants.

For Love Your Pet Day, we’re turning things on their head, giving cats some helpful advice on how to care for their beloved pets – us!

Give them an early start 

brown cat on bed with human woman

Your human is going to have a busy day of preparing your meals and clearing up after you, so they’ll appreciate you giving them a head-start with an early wake up call. Plus, dawn and dusk are when you’re naturally most active, so it would be incredibly rude of them to sleep through this time. The best way to wake them is either by demonstrating your best singing voice, or perhaps tapping their face with your paw – the purrfect sign of affection.

‘Help’ with their work 

tabby cat sitting on laptop

If your human has got some important work to do, why not make yourself useful and sit on whatever it is they are working on. This is a key duty of any purrsonal assistant, and plus, a warm laptop makes a cosy bed, so you both win!

Get involved at dinnertime 

grey tabby cat looking up at camera

When your human sits down to eat their dinner, they love nothing more than when you stare at them intently while they eat each mouthful. Showing them this kind of attention really lets them know you care.

Show them your tummy 

ginger and white cay lying on bed showing tummy

The best gift you can give your human is a good look at your lovely fluffy tummy. However, if they dare to come forward to give it a stroke, make sure you let them know that’s not ok. After all, you’ve got to treat them mean to keep them keen.

Give them a massage 

ginger cat paw on blanket

Once your human has sat down on the sofa for a relaxing evening, you can help make them even more comfortable by rhythmically digging your claws into their lap in a kneading action. This will help to relieve some tension in their muscles at a fraction of the cost they’d pay at a spa! If they start making ‘Ouch’ noises, that just means you’re doing an excellent job.

How does your moggy show you some love? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter

For more information about quirky cat behaviours, visit www.cats.org.uk/behaviour

Friday, 15 February 2019

Our next top models – can you home a cat for London Fashion Week?

Today marks the beginning of London Fashion Week, a mainstay in the calendar of keen fashionistas. In an alternative to the fashion catwalk, we have put together a list of our next top models – the purrfect cats in our care waiting for their fur-ever homes.

Whether you’re looking to buy into Spring/Summer’s stripes trend or you’ve got a penchant for designer labels, you’ll find a cat to suit you.

Charlie



Embracing this season’s trend for stripes and showing off his bright blue eyes, Charlie would make a welcome addition to your home. Ideal for a family with older cat-savvy children or a couple, he’s a very sociable cat, proving that style can also have substance. A handsome six-month-old kitten, he was born with impaired sight but doesn’t let it affect his personality.

If you’d like to give Charlie a home, please contact Harrogate Branch on 01423 889 598

Cleo



They say that black never goes out of style and Cleo is the epitome of style. At 14 years old, she is a vintage beauty with an affectionate nature. She makes the perfect companion but will need some extra love and attention. As she has diabetes, she needs daily injections – although she handles them in a fuss-free fashion.

If you’d like to rehome Cleo, please contact Coleraine branch on 07488 527 707

Chello and Gucci



A sophisticated pair with monikers to match, these moggies are seeking a home to call their own. Approximately six years old, Chello and Gucci came into care when their owner sadly passed away. Gucci is a black female, while Chello is a dark tortoiseshell.



Both girls can be shy and nervous around people but once they get to know you, they love a fuss. Chello has a previous pelvis injury that will need looking after. Due to Chello’s condition and because the girls have never been outside, Gucci and Chello are looking for an indoor only home with no stairs.

If you’d like to home this fantastic duo, contact Bedford & Biggleswade on 0345 260 2505

Wicksie


Wicksie is quite the cutie – definitely a trend-setter rather than a follower. Originally a stray, he developed a terrible mouth infection that unfortunately caused his eye to become infected too. Despite being treated, the muscles in his face will never regain their full strength, making his right eye slightly sunken. He is also recovering from a wrist injury and will require daily pain medication. Even with all of this, Wicksie is an affectionate boy with an amazing purr.

Can you give Wicksie a warm bed and a few treats? Please contact Bedford & Biggleswade on 0345 260 2505

Tabby and Mim

This fashionable duo are looking to be homed together as indoor cats. A pair of eight-year-old sisters, Tabby and Mim sadly came into the centre’s care after their owner went into care. With plenty of personality, these two aren’t divas – although they do both like a fuss.



Tabby is more outgoing, while Mim is the shyer sister. Neither are particularly happy with other animals and would prefer to live with a family with older children.



If you’ve got a Tabby and Mim shaped space in your home, contact Bedford & Biggleswade on 0345 260 2505.

Michael and Arthur

These two vintage beauties are looking for a quiet home that they can relax in. Michael is a shy boy with a love for the great outdoors and spending time inside on a comfy sofa. After spending 51 days in care, he’s desperate to find a forever home.


Arthur has recently undergone thyroid surgery and after being in care for 41 days, this dapper gent is looking for an estate to call his own. He’d rather have a home with plenty of peace and quiet, although he still enjoys an independent lifestyle. An eccentric gent looking to fill your home with his own unique sense of style.


If you'd like to home Michael or Arthur, contact Downham Market branch on 01366 382 311

While we don’t condone cats as fashion accessories, it’s safe to say that cats never go out of style, whatever trend you’re looking to buy into.

If you’d like to find your own next top model, go to www.cats.org.uk/find-a-cat where you can search for a cat in your area.