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
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.
The Christmas shopping season is under way and there are plenty of options for cat lovers and their cats in Brighton and Hove. The following is just a selection of the gifts available throughout the city.
Want to do something amazing for cats in your area? Then become a fosterer!
Wow, Brighton is certainly feeling the heatwave! While the temperature soars we need to make sure our cats are keeping cool enough. Cats can get very hot on these warm summer days, but there are a few things you can do to help cool them down. Continue reading
It’s important to keep your cat’s pearly whites fresh and clean. The good news is that there are a variety of ways to treat dental problems and they don’t all involve a trip to the vet. So these are our top tips on cleaning your cat’s teeth. Continue reading
We all know that kittens are pretty much non-stop playing machines but even adult cats can surprise with bursts of kittenish behaviour when the fancy takes them. Cats are all unique and like different things- so we’ve got four types of toys for you to try with your kitty. Here’s how to find out what toys your cat will go crazy for. Continue reading