William comes in from the cold

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William is a big cuddly boy, estimated to be about 18 months old. He has Teddy Bear looks with a chubby cheeked face, round expressive eyes and a pink nose. His fur is dense and is an appealing shade of grey with white. Continue reading


A timid twosome

mia and star 1Coming into care can be a traumatic experience for cats, and Mia and Star, who are the latest residents in Cats Protection Brighton and Districts outdoor pen, have so far been quite timid and a bit jumpy. Star (pictured above) in particular has taken a long time to become settled, although each day she becomes a little bit bolder. Continue reading

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

Pebble wants to play


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Pebble has winning ways

Pebble arrived on New Year’s Eve as an urgent case and a little bit worse for wear. He had a wound on his tummy, probably from a cat fight. He has responded extremely well to Cats Protection care and is now making himself at home in his snug cat hotel room.

He is a really lovely boy winning over everyone who meets him and throws himself into play time with great enthusiasm. Continue reading

Betty is a black beauty

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Betty, a sleek black beauty, came into Cats Protection care on 11 December 2017 and will be ready to rehome from Christmas Day.
She is a bit of a pampered puss and has her own monogrammed cushion and purple throw. Her super-glossy inky black fur and slightly rounded shape are indicators of how well she was looked after by her previous owner.
Until now, Betty has been an indoor cat, with some access to a balcony and a small walled garden in the past. We would like her new home to be one with access to the outdoors, where she can enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
It will take her time to feel comfortable in her new surroundings. She has found it difficult to adapt to our admissions pen and seems anxious and confused at times. However, she is quite chatty.
Betty is very affectionate and loves to sit in a lap. She also likes to be stroked and will sleep on a bed. In her previous home, she was allowed to roam the house freely and found a number of favourite places to sleep!

If you’d like to find out more about Betty, please contact us here:

www.cats.org.uk/brighton/adopt-a-cat or by phone 01273 610 306

Angel delight

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Angel is a Burmese mixed-breed beauty with incredibly soft fur and a very playful nature. The latest cat to come into Brighton & District Cat Protection care, she will be ready to rehome on 10 December.

Around five years old, Angel’s markings are very similar to a tortie point Burmese. Her fur is a warm cream colour with seal coloured. To finish off her good looks, she has beautiful pale blue eyes. The colour of her eyes indicates she is not a pure-bred Burmese.

Despite this, she has a very Burmese-like personality: confident, sociable, outgoing, lively and a little mischievous. She locked her fosterer out of part of the outdoor pen the first morning she arrived. It was possible she had climbed up and tampered with the lock!

Angel needs to be the only cat in a household as she wants the humans all to herself. At her previous home, she would stop the other family cats from coming in via the cat flap. She is very chatty and quite attention seeking.

If you’d like to find out more about Angel, please contact us here:

www.cats.org.uk/brighton/adopt-a-cat or by phone 01273 610 306

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