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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Meet Bailey and Boo

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Our most recent cats up for adoption are brother and sister Bailey and Boo. Confident and easy going, they get along with each other very well and we are looking for a new owner who can take them both.

Bailey, a ginger long-hair, is a very sweet and handsome boy, the bigger and more confident of the two. He is curious and quite intelligent. He has already worked out how to open his fosterer’s kitchen cupboards! He follows his fosterer around and will curl up on any available lap.

Boo, by contrast, is a little more timid, but very affectionate. A beautiful tortoiseshell long-hair, she loves being brushed. She is very gentle and will also settle on your lap.

Bailey and Boo are happy in each other’s company and are often found curled up together or grooming each other. This is why we’d like to rehome them together. Bailey has met a toddler and took it in his stride, although Boo kept her distance.

A pretty tabby twosome

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Mabel has the classic tabby good looks

Mabel and Molly are the two most recent cats to come into Cats Protection care in Brighton and Hove. The sisters, who are around ten years old, could be homed together where there is sufficient space or adopted separately. Like all sisters, they have their ‘moments’ and when they aren’t getting on, they tend to keep their distance. Continue reading

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

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