Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Friday, 24 July 2020
|Maddie with her newborn kittens|
|Maddox at one week old|
|Micah and Maddox at two weeks old|
- keeping unneutered cats and kittens indoors to prevent unplanned litters
- contacting your vet to discuss whether you can book ahead for a neutering operation
- ensuring unneutered brothers and sisters are separated – cats will mate with their family members, so it is best to keep them apart
Tuesday, 21 July 2020
A Cats Protection cat carer’s idea to host children’s story time with cats has become an internet hit during lockdown.
When Laura Williams from our Haslemere Adoption Centre in Surrey rediscovered a childhood love for reading during recent restrictions, she saw a chance to highlight the work done by her Cats Protection colleagues who remain #HereForTheCats.
“When we closed to the public my niece and nephews couldn’t visit the cats so I sent them short videos of me reading to the cats," said Laura. "They loved to see how we still care for the cats behind closed doors. That’s when I had the idea of making more videos to show what we do to make the cats as happy and comfortable as possible. They depend on us and we take a lot of pride in our work.”
“We’ve been with some of the cats in lockdown for more than eight weeks and we’ve come to know them so well. I think that people recognise that in my films, it’s why they are so appealing. And it’s not just children who enjoy them. A large part of my audience is adults who love cats and enjoy seeing what we do.
“Initially I made the films because it was a good way to spend quality time with the cats, but I realised it was more than that; I was doing it for our volunteers and for the people who continue to support us. I wanted them to see what we have been doing during lockdown, to show that their support matters. It makes a real difference.
“A few times people saw cats in my videos and then got in touch to adopt those specific cats. That was special, to be able to make such a difference for the cats and their new families.”
Cats Protection’s national network of 37 adoption centres and around 230 volunteer-led branches has been closed to the public and admitting only emergency cases, in line with government guidelines. As well as rolling out hands-free homing, which matches cats to eligible new owners and delivers them to the doorstep of their new homes, the Cats Protection team has been working non-stop behind closed doors.
“I haven’t seen some colleagues for three months as we’re split into isolated teams, but we all know why we’re here; to do the best we can for the cats. It’s been strange and sometimes quite difficult, but we’ve found new ways to work together. My parents also liked seeing the videos as I wasn’t able to see them for so long.”
Initially Laura read some of her childhood favourites that had been stored in an attic, but she also used her own money to buy second-hand books from online retailers. What Laura lacks in professional filmmaking knowledge she makes up for in enthusiasm and commitment.
“I don’t have any experience of filming or even reading to children, but people seem to like the videos so maybe that’s part of the charm. I just read and let the cats get on with being themselves. One day I was reading with kittens and they undid my shoelaces. Kittens being kittens; that was a special day.”
To find out how else Cats Protection has been #HereForTheCats during the COVID-19 crisis, visit www.cats.org.uk/coronavirus
Saturday, 18 July 2020
|The winning photo of gorgeous Biff|
|Eve with her trusty companion Biff|
|Biff in one of his favourite spots, a sunny windowsill|
|All tucked up ready for bed|
|Biff enjoying a big stretch|
|Snuggled up on a cosy lap|
|Biff posing for the camera|
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
*Update – 2 September 2020*
|George loves exploring his new and the surrounding trees|
|Kate and her family are thrilled with their new feline friend|
Read on for our original blog post about George...
Friday, 10 July 2020
Thursday, 9 July 2020
|Simon with his trusty lockdown companion PK|
|Cat scratchers aren't just for scratching!|
|Soaking up some sunshine|
“He also loves to join me on the sofa when I’m watching TV, although he has a habit of lying on the remote and switching channels. Once he’s satisfied with his choice of programme, he’ll usually fall asleep next to me for a while.
|Lending a helping paw|
Simon also says that PK’s arthritis is easily managed with medication and doesn’t bother him much these days – in fact he runs up and down stairs with ease and seems to have become more mobile over time.
|A tiring morning snoozing|
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
Stefanie’s purrfect pawtraits
Lottie and Tom’s game changer
Leanne and Daniella’s dino dance-off
Aidan’s litter pick with a difference
Tuesday, 7 July 2020
|Summer getting settled into her pen at Cornwall Adoption Centre|
|Summer when she first arrived at the centre underweight and dehydrated|
|Summer getting some fuss from Cat Care Assistant Kirsty|
|Summer snoozing on her favourite windowsill at home|
“Queen Summer, as she became known, could certainly be a cantankerous old lady and we all loved her for it. We could hear that she had woken up or wanted her dinner from wherever we were in the centre because she would wail in disapproval that her rest had been disrupted or her food had not arrived when she wanted. On the odd occasion she didn’t have the energy to chat or complain she would flop down beside you and lick you. She was such a lovely girl.”
|Elegant Summer with her paws crossed|
|Cheeky Summer sticking out her tongue|
Thursday, 2 July 2020
Wednesday, 1 July 2020
|Kittens Chloe and Noah having a snooze|
|Lola, Chloe, Noah and Trev enjoying their first meal at the centre|
|Lola, Chloe, Noah and Trev having a well-earned nap|