We have had more cats brought in over Christmas and, although we’ve found some wonderful homes for a few of our rescues, we still have many cats who are needing a place of their own. Also our list of permanent residents – our ‘golden oldie’ club, keeps growing.
This is a picture of Toby (amazing odd coloured eyes!) who we hoped to be able to re-home but he does not seem to settle well when he leaves us. Here, he’s fine, a lovable individual with an excellent appetite. Perhaps it’s the laid back lifestyle and that he is settled into a routine here with us. He gets very stressed when he goes somewhere else.Toby is one of our especial favourites here, always ready for a fuss and a pick up and cuddle.
Our main problem at the moment is cat food – or lack of it. We desperately need cans and pouches, the hedgehogs are still wuffling their share of chicken cat food away as well. Some have hibernated but others are still eating for England!
Cilla, who came in ovr six months ago, is no nearer to going on the adoption list. She has settled beautifully and has her freedom to run about and be a greeter. But try and pick her up! You would regret it. Life is on Cilla’s terms and what is wrong with that? She is a young cat who loves it here and has become very confident. Cilla came in to us because she had become very stressed in the home and had turned into an ‘attack’ cat. Now she’s fussy and friendly so long as you let her choose her terms. I like the idea of cats being free if that is what they like. All cats are different and that’s for sure. Cilla is another cat with a very good appetite.
Our senior cats live long and happy lives, Tigerlily is 22 and still active and enjoys life, especially meal times. Feeding all the cats is a daily challenge, we need pouches and cans especially. They like all kinds of meat and fish. We also still have one or two kittens.
If you can bring us cat food it would be very much appreciated. Many of the cats can’t eat biscuits, either because of health problems, their old age or because they have had dental treatment. A lot of cats who come in need treatment for their teeth. We try ‘Plaque Off’ first which is a powder you sprinkle on food and it removes tartar – eventually. It is much less stressful than anaesthetics although if the teeth are very bad then extraction or cleaning is essential.
Please leave cat food in Reception (our portacabin on the right hand side of the yard). The bell does work and rings to summon us – unless we’re feeding goats or walking dogs. By all means go right in and help yourself to a newsletter and whatever leaflets are of interest. Our kennels keyrings are free and have our direct line number on them, please take one.
If you can write your name and address down for us we’ll make sure to put you on our friend’s list and we’ll send you our next newsletter (out January) in due course.
If you’d like to take cat food down to the kennels that is fine – a lot of the cats congregate in the ‘Cat Kitchen’ which is the building attached on the left – please go in and give them a fuss – they are all polite and friendly and are sure to say ‘hello’ and ‘how nice to see you’ and ‘thank you’ in return.