The joys of fostering

kittyContrary 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

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How I stopped my cat waking me up at 3am

When I adopted two cute furballs of fun from Cats Protection Worthing I was so excited for lots of cuddles, play time and two little friends welcoming me home from work each day. I’ve always owned cats and was pretty confident that I knew how to train them.

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Bluebell and Forrest looking adorable

Little did I realise that it would be a little while before I would be allowed to lie-in at the weekend, or even sleep through the night without being awoken by what felt like a million meows, scratching at the be/bedroom door/linen basket/anything they could find and standing on my head. Continue reading

Top five reason to neuter your cat

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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

Cat carrier hell

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Does this look like a familiar scenario? If this is the battle you face when you mention the word ‘carrier’ to your cat then help is certainly needed. It is stressful for both of you if a tense stand-off occurs everytime the dreaded carrier is brought out. It is sill winter but spring fast approaching and trips to the vet might be necessary at this time. To avoid a chase over the house (where your cat will most definitely win) or a battle of wills we have a few tips to make the whole process smooth and less stressful. Here’s how to change a claw-ful experience into a pleasant one.  Continue reading

Tips for keeping your cat safe this bonfire night

It’s the nosiest time of the year with bonfire night almost upon us (particularly if you live close to Lewes!) This means that our cats are at their most vulnerable and can get very frightened by the bangs and screams of rockets and firecrackers.

Whether you’ll be outside writing your name with a sparkler or watching the fireworks from the safety of your home keeping your cat company, there are a few things you can do to dampen your feline’s fears. Continue reading