Thursday, 27 August 2020
Tuesday, 25 August 2020
Types of play to try with your cat
|Follow Bruce and Clark the kittens on Instagram|
|Follow Bruce and Clark the kittens on Instagram|
Monday, 24 August 2020
1. Set a routine
2. Brush up on your technique
3. Monitor their grooming habits
4. Feed a healthy diet
5. Look out for mats
6. Clear up the hair
Tuesday, 18 August 2020
Cat zoomies, mad-half hour, climbing up the walls – there are a number of phrases for that time of day, usually early in the morning or evening, when your cat runs frantically around the house for no apparent reason.
Another name for this behaviour is a ‘frentic random activity period’ or FRAP. It’s actually a natural behaviour that a lot of cats display, but it’s more common in younger cats or indoor-only cats.
While an occasional burst of ‘frapping’ is quite normal, if your cat is getting the zoomies on a daily basis then this could be a sign that they are under-stimulated and frustrated.
Not only is this stressful for your cat, but it’s also likely to cause you a bit of stress too, as they tear around your home destroying curtains and disrupting your lie-in.
If you think your cat is frustrated, then there are a few simple things you can do to help…
1. Play throughout the day
A great way to encourage your cat to burn off all that excess energy is to have regular play sessions with them. Instead of having one long 15-minute play session in the evening, spread a few short five-minute play sessions throughout the day to keep them entertained. Try mixing up the types of play they do too, with different toys such as fishing rods, ping pong balls and kickeroos.
For more tips on how to play with your cat, watch our video.
2. Let them catch
While playing with your cat is a great way to prevent frustration, there are some toys that can actually have the opposite effect. Most of the enjoyment cats get from playing comes from being able to catch and ‘kill’ the toy, as this releases happy hormones in their brain. Laser pointers and videos of mice and fish on a laptop screen may grab your cat’s attention but because your cat can’t physically catch what they’re chasing, they’ll just be left frustrated.
3. Feed little and often
Instead of having a couple of big meals like we do, cats prefer to eat three or four smaller meals throughout the day to keep their energy levels more stable. You could also try giving them their food using puzzle feeders that will provide some physical and mental stimulation while they eat. There are lots of great puzzle feeders you can buy, or you can have a go at making your own at home.
For more tips on how to make your cat’s feeding time more exciting, watch our video.
4. Try some training
A great way to keep your cat mentally stimulated is to train them to perform some tricks. That’s right, it’s not just dogs that can be trained! Just make sure you always use positive reinforcement, such as providing treats or a fuss when they get it right, rather than punishing them for doing anything wrong. For guides on how to train your cat to roll over, sit or lie down on command, take a look at our blog series.
5. Block out neighbouring cats
If you have an indoor-only cat, they may get frustrated if they can see other cats out of the window but can’t go out and chase them away from their territory. Try blocking off the lower part of your windows with some paper to keep your cat oblivious to these fellow felines, and make sure they have no way of getting into the house.
6. Create a calming environment
To keep your cat relaxed and happy at home try providing them with cat grass and other cat-friendly plants they can explore, as well as lots of places they can hide. Cardboard boxes are always a hit with cats, as being able to hide inside helps them feel safe and reduces their stress. Having a few empty shelves or windowsills to sit on will also keep them calm as they can survey their surroundings from a safe vantage point.
If you would like to learn more about cat behaviour, then why not sign up for Cats Protection’s Feline Behaviour Conference. The online event will feature informative sessions and engaging Q&As with cat experts, covering topics such as how cats learn, how cats communicate and the future of cats!
To find out more and book your place, visit the Cats Protection website.
Monday, 17 August 2020
|Some fo the kittens trapped and neutered by Swansea Branch|
|Swansea Branch trapping kittens from a feral colony|
|One of the kittens looked after by Milton Keynes Branch|
Sunday, 16 August 2020
Friday, 14 August 2020
A colourful cake munched by Garfield has been chosen as the winner of Cats Protection’s Pawsome Afternoon Tea At Your Place competition.
|The fantastic winning cake|
During July, keen bakers were asked to post their creations on our social media sites. In response, we received over 200 delicious entries from cat-lovers all keen to share their colourful and mouth-watering bakes.
We picked a shortlist each week, with celebrity baker Kim-Joy, who was a finalist in the 2018 series of The Great British Bake Off, picking out the Garfield watercolour smudge creation as the overall winner.
|Kim-Joy with her cats Inki and Mochi|
Kim-Joy, who has two cats called Inki and Mochi said: “All of the cakes looked great and it was really hard to pick just one winner but I chose the Garfield cake because it had that element of fun and creativity while also showing multiple skills – the buttercream covering on the cake, the ganache drip and the fondant figure-making.”
The cake was designed by Marta Buscanan, 23, from London who said: “I am absolutely delighted as baking and cake designing is what I want to focus my career on. I am also an animal lover and my heart melts every time I see a cat!
|Winning baker Marta|
“The cake design was actually inspired by one of Kim-Joy’s from her Baking with Kim-Joy book, so being chosen as her winner is extra special. Kim-Joy is such an inspiring baker with an incredible style that I admire very much.”
The competition also raised almost £3,500 to help Cats Protection find homes for the thousands of unwanted cats in our care.
|Marta's beloved cat Wilma|
“We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who sent in their bakes for our competition, the funds raised will help us guarantee brighter futures for many needy cats,” said Zoe Thompson from Cats Protection’s Events team.
“If you’ve been inspired by this competition, then why not hold your very own Pawsome Afternoon Tea at home? A quick guide and resources are available from Cats Protection to help you host a socially-distanced event.” To take part, please register at www.pawsometea.org
Thursday, 13 August 2020
Two cat siblings in the care of Cats Protection’s Forth Valley Adoption Centre in Scotland have found someone who can see past their disabilities and offer them lots of love.
Kathe and Keller both have mild cerebellar hypoplasia, a condition in which the brain does not develop properly, affecting balance and coordination and making them wobble when they walk. Keller is also deaf, but this does not hold him back, and he loves to play with his sister.
Thankfully none of these defects put off Elaine Baxter from Clackmannanshire, who was looking to fill the gap left by the death of her beloved 16-year-old cat Vinnie. Elaine was already used to dealing with cats with special needs, as Vinnie had diabetes for eight years.
“I was looking for an indoor companion when I looked at the Cats Protection website and saw Kathe,” said Elaine. “The fact that her brother came too was not a problem, and their additional needs just made them more in need of a loving home.
“They are totally at home now. Their quirks just make them more lovable. I hope they feel the same about me!”
Forth Valley Centre Manager Roslyn McKay said: “We are delighted Kathe and Keller have settled in so well to their new home. They are real characters and firm favourites with the team.
“Disabled cats really shouldn’t put off experienced owners. They may require a little extra care or consideration but they have plenty of love to give. Cats are surprisingly adaptable and often more than capable of coping with physical impairments, allowing them to enjoy long and happy lives.
“Cats Protection would always fully brief prospective owners of disabled cats, ensuring they felt confident to care for their special needs pet.”
Disabled cats have been given their own category for this year’s virtual Alternative Cat Awards, a virtual celebration of how cats have played such a vital role to people during lockdown.
If you have a #PurrfectlyImperfect cat who enjoys a happy, healthy life with a disability, health issue or superficial aesthetic deformity, share a video of them on Twitter or Instagram using #AlternativeCatAwards before 21 August. The winning videos will be chosen by our celebrity judges and receive a bumper pack of Cats Protection goodies worth £100!
For more details about the Alternative Cat Awards visit www.cats.org.uk/aca
For lots of help and advice on caring for disabled cats visit www.cats.org.uk/disabled-cats
Wednesday, 12 August 2020
*Update - 30 September 2020*
Read on for our original blog post about Dixie...
Is my cat overweight?
- Overweight cats are usually defined as being more than 15% over their ideal weight (usually 3.6kg (8lb) for the average adult cat). Obese cats are more than 30% over their ideal weight
- You should be able to feel your cat’s ribs easily when you stroke them gently and you should see a clear waistline when you look at them from above
- Cats between two and 10 years old are most at risk of becoming overweight as they use less energy
- Cats who have been overweight in the past are more likely to gain weight in the future, so their diet and exercise should be carefully monitored
Tuesday, 11 August 2020
|Jo Downing getting ready for a special delivery|
|Debbie Eyre taking a lucky moggy to their new home|
Monday, 10 August 2020
Friday, 7 August 2020
|Tiny kitten Bramble after being rescued|
|Bramble settling in to his foster pen|
|Fiesty Bramble waiting for his dinner|