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 →
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 →
We 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!
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.
Contrary to what many people assume, saying goodbye to a foster cat is a rewarding experience, says Brighton-based Cats Protection volunteer, Olivia. In only one year of being a fosterer, Olivia has helped five cats to find their forever homes.
“I can recommend that someone considers fostering cats,” says Olivia. “Many people have said to me they think they wouldn’t be able to give a cat away, but it is much more rewarding than people think. It is a great feeling to know that a cat is going to a really good home and it is also the nicest circumstance to say goodbye to a cat.”
Olivia decided to become a fosterer for several reasons. She doesn’t have access to any outside space, so felt having a cat on a long-term basis would not be fair on the cat. Also, she is unsure for how many years she will live in Brighton so didn’t think she could commit to having a cat for a long time. “I did have a cat that lived for 18 years, so while it is lovely to have a cat, at this stage I can’t really have a cat for that many years.” Continue reading →
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 email@example.com. (Photo: Teddy) Continue reading →
It can sometimes prove difficult to separate fact from fiction. There are many myths that surround the subject of neutering and what may be best for your cat. So here we will try and simplify the matter and put any old wives’ tales to rest. Continue reading →
Why neuter your cat? This is a perfectly valid question and one many cat owners will face at a certain point in their kitten’s life. Here at Cats Protection Brighton and District we advocate the neutering of cats and there are several reasons why we feel this is an essential part of pet ownership. This is our second blog post in our neutering series which will run through April, so we have put together five simple, clear reasons why you should neuter. Continue reading →