A voice for cats

 

 

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The political party conference season is getting under way, with the Labour Party conference starting this weekend in Brighton and the Conservatives meeting in Manchester at the beginning of October.

In addition to fostering cats and finding them new homes, Cats Protection ‘speaks up for cats’, lobbying politicians to improve the welfare of the estimated 10.3 million pet cats in the UK. Pet cats go right to the heart of Government, with Larry the latest to take the mantle as Chief Mouser at 10 Downing Street.

We are asking politicians to support our 2022 Agenda for Cats and to back our priority campaigns for the next five years:

 Cats and air guns

We want licensing of air guns in England and Wales, something that is already in place in Scotland and Northern Ireland, to prevent the shooting of cats.

Recent research found that 78% of vets say that air guns injure cats more frequently than other animals. The same research found that nearly eight out of ten people support the licensing of air guns in England and Wales.

Cats Protection believes that licensing air guns will reduce the number of serious cat injuries and fatalities.

 Cats and landlords

We want responsible and reasonable pet policies that allow tenants to keep cats.

Cats entering the UK

We want enhanced border checks, a central record of all cats entering the UK plus tick and tapeworm treatment for all cats prior to entry.

To find out more about how Cats Protection is ‘Speaking up for cats’, visit:

www.cats.org.uk/speakingup

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Keeping cats skin cancer free

Donald showing off his coat

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

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

Time to slim down

jumping cats

One of the most common new year’s resolutions is to lose weight – but how often do we consider whether our cats are a healthy weight? Recent figures from a US-based pet insurance company suggest that pet obesity in that country has risen steadily for the past six years. In the UK, the picture is similar with pet obesity a growing problem (if you’ll pardon the pun).

Like we humans, excessive body fat increases the risk of preventable health issues and may shorten the life expectancy of cats. Complications from obesity in cats include bladder and urinary tract disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, asthma, liver disease, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart failure, gall bladder problems and spinal immobility.

A cat’s weight can be controlled most effectively through a combination of exercise and diet. Doing one without the other most often results in failure (as it does with us!)

It is important to remember that a ‘crash’ diet is not for cats – nor humans! If you think your cat is overweight, it is best to first visit a vet to have it checked over and get some advice about diet and portions. Overweight cats should never be starved or put on a ‘crash diet’ as any period of no food can very quickly be harmful. A gradual, steady decrease in bodyweight is ideal – it may take up to a year for a severely overweight cat to reach its ideal body condition.

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Our mew-vellous cats

 

teddy!

Currently, at Cats Protection Brighton, we have three pawsome kitties looking for their forever homes. We have two lovely ladies and a handsome boy. So here is an opportunity to get to know our cats a little better and if you, or anyone you know is looking for a feline friend, then don’t hesitate to give us a call 01273 610 306 or email homing.cpbrighton@gmail.com. (Photo: Teddy) Continue reading

How I stopped my cat waking me up at 3am

When I adopted two cute furballs of fun from Cats Protection Worthing I was so excited for lots of cuddles, play time and two little friends welcoming me home from work each day. I’ve always owned cats and was pretty confident that I knew how to train them.

Feline Friends Brighton

Bluebell and Forrest looking adorable

Little did I realise that it would be a little while before I would be allowed to lie-in at the weekend, or even sleep through the night without being awoken by what felt like a million meows, scratching at the be/bedroom door/linen basket/anything they could find and standing on my head. Continue reading