Does your cat deserve an award?

Most cat lovers think their feline companions deserve a medal. But do you think your Brighton moggie might deserve a National Cat Award?

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Entries are open for Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards 2018. Now in their tenth year, the Awards celebrate the difference cats make to our lives, highlighting heart-warming stories of devotion, companionship and courage. Continue reading

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Christmas gifts for cat lovers

makeup bagsFor the last-minute shoppers out there, here is the annual cat lovers’ Christmas shopping guide for Brighton and Hove.

An obvious place to start is at the Cats Protection (CP) shop in Blatchington Road, Hove. Not only will you find an array of cat-themed gifts, your purchases will help to raise funds for the work of the Brighton & District CP branch. Gift ideas include mugs, calendars, soft toys, key rings and erasers.

In George Street, Hove, Bert’s Homestore has cat-themed oven gloves for £12.95 and matching tea towels at £7.99. Bert’s Homestores also can be found in Western Road in Brighton and in North Laine on Kensington Gardens.

Further down George Street is Claire’s Accessories (another outlet is at Churchill Square in Brighton). Claire’s has a make-up set in a cat-themed plastic box at £14, a black plush cat-shaped sleeping mask, and a beauty set in a cat-themed drink bottle (complete with straw) for £12. The contents include body lotion and body spray. Claire’s also has iPhone 5 covers at £8 and ear warmers for £12. They are all, of course, cat inspired! There are also ‘back and front’ earrings at £4.50 (pictured below).earrings

In Brighton, Pylones on Cranbourne Street (next to Churchill Square) is a cat lover’s dream come true. The shop is packed with cat-themed gifts, ranging from key rings up to a cat-shaped pendulum clock. There are gifts to suit every budget.

The clock, which is one of the more expensive items, is £29.90. Other eye-catching gifts include a black cat face mouse mat for £11.50, a makeup bag in white or black for £7.50 (main picture above) and small coin purses for £5.90. There are also cat-shaped cat hair removal brushes (£14.90) and cat-shaped mobile phone stands (£5.90).

Other items include cat-themed hooks, glasses cases, mugs, bowls, hairbrushes, back scratchers, pocket mirrors, bike bells, ‘slap watches’, soap dishes, scrubbing brushes and even bicycle bells. If you are shopping for a cat lover, this store could well provide everything you could possibly need.

phone holder

If you can tear yourself away from Pylones, North Laine also offers some delights for cat lovers. Io Gallery in Sydney Street has cat-themed jewellery, include a cat’s head brooch for £18 and a wool model, Cat Lying in the Sun, for £40.

Also in Sydney Street, The Graphic Novel Shop stocks How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You and Business Cat: Money, Power and Treats, both priced at £10. Almost next door is Pen to Paper, a stationery shop that has cat-themed wrapping paper, calendars and cards. Don’t forget the Sydney Street Chinese Supermarket (at the Trafalgar Street end of Sydney Street), which stocks many varieties of ‘lucky’ cats and teapots (below).

Chinese supermarket

Also in North Laine, the appropriately named Pussy Home Boutique in Kensington Gardens offers cat-shaped porcelain biscuit jars for £30 (in gold or baby blue). Other notable items include a gold coloured cat face bicycle bell at £10, porcelain soap dispensers (£15) and the book, Why Does My Cat Do That? at £7.99.

Brighton and Hove are happy hunting grounds for gift shoppers and for the cat lover in your life you should not come away empty handed. Enjoy the crowds!

 

 

Bravo for black cats!

Sooty and Sweep hanging out in gardenOctober 27 is National Black Cat Day. Why have a day to celebrate black cats? Surprisingly for those of us who own a black cat, this colouring is not generally favoured by the public.

A Cats Protection survey of 2000 people found that more than 70 per cent said they wouldn’t adopt a cat based on its colour. But in another survey of 1000 people, CP found that when shown pictures of black, tabby and ginger cats, the respondents perceived that the personality of the black cat would be less playful, friendly, vocal and attention-seeking than the tabby or ginger variety.

As the owner of a playful, friendly, very vocal and incredibly attention-seeking black cat, I find this hard to believe. I also find it difficult to understand why black and white coloured cats are also more difficult to home; nearly half of all the cats in CPs care have this colouring and take longer to be adopted than average. My cat’s two neighbours are black and white (one more white than black, the other more black than white). I might be biased, but I find all three felines very attractive and full of personality.

Apparently, the survey respondents believed that a black cat was less exciting than a tabby or ginger. However, we know that looks don’t determine personality. Black cats have plenty of character and need homes just as much as other colours.

Yes, black cats are sometimes difficult to photograph. I have many pictures of my cat (and her brother who died a few years ago) and in a lot all you can make out is a couple of black blobs. But this isn’t a reason to pass over a black cat if you are thinking of adopting a cat. Just keep taking those snaps and you’ll end up with some real beauties.

In many cultures, black cats are considered good luck. This is the case in Japan and Asia, where the ‘fortune cats’ (the figurines with a raised paw) draw good luck, wealth and prosperity to their owners. These are often white, but also come in black; the black varieties not only bring luck, but also frighten away demons, evil energy and stalkers. The Japanese also believe that a black cat will bring a single woman many suitors (I’d imagine the cat doesn’t drag the suitors in itself!)

In France, it is believed that if a black cat is shown proper respect, such as being given the first bite of dinner and having a nice place to sleep, the cat will reward their owner with wealth and good luck.  There are more tales of the luck black cats can bring here: http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/7-ways-black-cats-bring-good-luck-around-the-world Heather McKenzie

 

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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Meet the team: Cathy, one of our cat fosterers

Cats Protection Brighton & District was set up just over a year ago and is run by a group of cat-mad volunteers. We thought you might like to know who these volunteers are, so we’re running a series of profiles about each and every one of them.

Meet Cathy

Cathy

Cathy, one of our lovely cat fosterers

What is your volunteering role, and the best thing about it?

Foster carer. I help a homeless cat to live in a happy and stress-free environment where they can be pampered up until they find their forever home.
What is your job outside of Cats Protection?
Receptionist at People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals.
Do you have any cats?
My foster cat Diesel (below).
Diesel cat at CP Brighton

Diesel is currently up for adoption

Kitty profile
Name: Diesel
Age: 7
Breed: Domestic short-hair
Likes face rubs and back strokes, playing with toy mice, Felix cat food, fleece blanket, peace and quiet!
Dislikes sudden movements, the sound of a plastic bag, being touched on the flanks
The moment you knew you were a cat person…
Probably the first time I ever saw a cat. What’s not to love about these gorgeous creatures?
What would you do if you were a cat for an hour?
Wow my friends with my new found yoga skills!
Give us two interesting non-cat related facts about yourself.
  • My eyes are different colours: one is green, the other hazel
  • My two biggest hates at school were the cross-country run and science but now my favourite sport is trail running and last year I finished a degree in biological science!

Diesel is still looking for a home. Find out more about him at Cats Protection Brighton & District where you can also discover how you can help us rescue more cats in need.

Meet the team: Tiffany, our social media officer

Cats Protection Brighton & District was set up less than a year ago and is run by a group of cat-mad volunteers. We thought you might like to know who these volunteers are, so we’re running a series of profiles about each and every one of them. Here’s our third profile…

Meet Tiffany

Tiffany, social media officer

Tiffany, social media officer

What is your volunteering role, and the best thing about it?

I am part of the publicity team, so my aim is to get everyone in and around Brighton aware of our branch of Cats Protection – although that might take a while.

I help manage the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and write a lot of the blog posts we publish each week. I get such a kick out of seeing our ‘likes’ and ‘followers’ increase and it has been a great challenge to get the blog started. There was a big sigh of relief when I realised the first post had actually been read by some wonderful cat lovers.

The best thing about being a volunteer is helping to find cats new homes and knowing they will be loved and cared for for the rest of their lives. Although the hard work is done by our rehoming manager Natalie, I hope the noise we make around the cats in our care on our social media accounts helps find more cat lovers for our kitties.

I also love it when a missing or lost cat that we have posted about is found – that is extremely satisfying.

What is your job outside Cats Protection?

I am an ex-journalist and currently write content for a marketing agency in Worthing, where my job is basically to write blogs for our clients to put on their websites. It’s a really varied and exciting role and it’s right by the sea – much more picturesque than London, where I used to work.

Do you have any cats?

I have two kittens who will be fully grown cats in a matter of weeks. They are rescue cats from the Cats Protection Worthing branch and they are house cats because they suffer from slight brain damage. But they are healthy and happy and it just means they need to be played with a bit more frequently, otherwise they won’t let me sleep!

The moment you knew you were a cat person…

When I couldn’t live without my first cat, a stray tabby cat called Tiger, who my Mum took in shortly after my Grandad died when I was a child. She was my best friend and showed me that cats have real personalities.

Kitty profile
Forrest & Bluebell: Both almost 1, domestic long-hair
Likes: Fishing rod toys, any type of food, waking up early, wrestling
Dislikes: The hairdryer, closed doors, not being able to jump out of windows

What would you do if you were a cat for an hour?

I would sunbathe and purr very loudly. I’m so jealous of my kittens when I’m getting ready to go to work and they’re relaxing on my bed in the light of the window.

Two interesting non-cat related facts about yourself?

  • I have a Beastie Boys tattoo behind my left ear, which I got when member MCA died
  • My other half has banned me from eating golden syrup after watching me drink it from the bottle one pancake day

Another volunteer profile will be up soon! Find out more about Cats Protection Brighton & District and how you can help us.

Announcing our birthday photo competition winners!

As part of our 1st birthday celebrations, we held a photo competition with one simple brief:

“Send us a cat selfie of you and your cat enjoying a happy moment together!”

We received a number of entries – thank you to everyone who entered! The results are as follows…

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

Jeremy and Markos

Jeremy Rowe with Markos

Lauren and Miem

Lauren van Haght with Miem

Alec and Ozzy

Alec and Ozzy, by Hannah Smith

RUNNER-UP: Morris with his owner, Lynne Jury Newton

Morris and Lynne

Morris with Lynne Jury Newton

We loved the way Morris found the very right moment to brush up against Lynne’s face. A sign of real affection from cat to cat owner!

WINNER: Duke with his dad!

This photo, sent in by Sharan Shesh Gorringe, is like a piece of art. Nothing is better than having your cat snuggle up to you and share the same moment of peace. Both Duke and his dad seem totally at ease!

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It was a mighty job to find a winner out of all the great cat selfies submitted, but we hope you agree with our choices. A lovely bundle of goodies will be on its way to Sharan soon, while Lynne will be receiving a runner-up prize.

Did you miss out? Look out for announcements on our next competition on our Facebook and Twitter pages!