Keeping cats skin cancer free

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White cats are particularly susceptible to skin cancer

Now that summer is well and truly here on the sunny south coast, it is important to ensure your cat is safe from the danger of skin cancer. Not all cats are sensible and sit in the shade during the hottest part of the day. Some, like humans, like to sit out in the sun catching the rays. But like us, cats can suffer damage from the sun’s rays. White cats or those with non-pigmented patches of skin and older cats are all more susceptible than most to sun damage. Luckily, there are pet friendly sun blocks that can be applied. Continue reading

Tallulah is a tortie tootsie

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Tallulah arrived at Cats Protection on 7 June and was greeted by two of the local boy cats who came to catch a glimpse of the tortie tootsie in her pen. Tallulah played hard to get, greeting them with a hiss and some serious tail thrashing.

One the second evening, Tallulah gave her fosterer a bit of a fright, seemingly disappearing into thin air. On closer inspection she was playing hard to find, perched on the top of the door into her sleeping area. A few days in at her temporary outdoor pen residence and she now spends most her time on one of the more comfortable custom built perches in the pen or on a human lap when she gets the chance.

Tallulah is a beautiful, sassy young lady and a bit of a flirt, responding as she does when her name is called. Think Jodie Foster’s character of Tallulah in the film Bugsy Malone and you’ll get the idea!

Keep an eye on Cats Protection’s Brighton & Hove website if you think Tallulah the tortie is the girl for you. She will be looking for a permanent home very soon.

 

 

CP clocks up 90 years

90 year birthday

May marks the 90th anniversary of Cats Protection, a charity established in 1927 by a group of cat lovers, led by Miss Jesse Wade. The purpose of the then-named Cats Protection League was to “exclusively” promote the interests of cats, at a time when cats were generally regarded as pests. The name was changed to Cats Protection in 1998. By 2012, CP had rehomed its 1,000,000th cat.

Today, there are an estimated 11 million pet cats in the UK, which represents around one quarter of all households owning a cat. CP is undertaking research to establish numbers of stray cats (estimates are 2 million). More than 150,000 stray and abandoned cats enter shelter care in the UK every year. Continue reading

Outdoor pen a first for Brighton & Hove

outdoor pen.jpgBrighton and Hove Cats Protection now has its first outdoor pen, enabling cats from the local area to be taken in and fostered. The pen, at the home of Brighton & Hove branch coordinator Teresa Dee in the Surrenden area of Brighton, was launched with a party on May Day.

Measuring 13×14 feet in total, the pen was erected in just one and a half days. “There was no disruption at all,” says Teresa. “The material arrived in flatpack form and was put together and wired by CP approved builders and electricians.”

The result is a “very sturdy” outdoor pen with plenty of room for up to three cats (for example, a cat and her kittens) to be housed. The outdoor pens are important, enabling local cats to be fully health checked and transferred to indoor fosterers if necessary before rehoming. Continue reading

Shopping around

 

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The new CP shop in Beaconsfield Rd, Brighton

 

Residents in Brighton and Hove now have two opportunities to combine a love of cats with shopping. Following on from last year’s launch of the Cats Protection shop in Blatchington Road Hove, Brighton now also boasts a shop on Beaconsfield Road near the corner of Springfield Road.

Brighton residents Chris Steed and Stephen Webb, who appear on the Gogglebox TV show, opened the Brighton store. A friend of Chris is a CP volunteer and the pair are big cat fans. Continue reading

Love story

258935444_0b7e52f6b3_bWe all know we love our cats but how do we know our cats love us? Below are a few signs that the feeling is mutual. But even if you suspect it isn’t, that’s part of the attraction of cats – they are not needy!

Greetings

If your cat greets you as you come through your front door with its tail up, it is happy to see you! Acknowledging that greeting with a pat on the head will be very much appreciated by your cat.

The same applies if your cat rubs around your legs, although that’s mainly because it is trying to scent mark you so you no longer smell of the outside. But give kitty a pat on the head anyway.

If your cat collapses on the ground in front of you and shows his or her tummy, that’s another greeting and a sign that they are happy and relaxed to see you. Contrary to what most of us do, it isn’t considered top cat etiquette to rub their tummy. They’d prefer you gave them a gentle rub around the head instead.

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