Sweet Older Feline at Battersea’s Brands Hatch Centre Seeking a Loving Home – Katzenworld

A sweet older feline at Battersea’s Brands Hatch centre is looking for a place to call home, after reaching the milestone of 180-days in the care of the leading animal welfare charity.   

Pixel, a 12-year-old domestic shorthair, has been at Battersea six times longer than the average stay for one of the charity’s cats (28 days) and is hoping to find that special someone who can give her a home to call her own and focus all their love on her.   

After arriving at Battersea’s Kent rescue centre, Pixel was nervous and shy of new people but was soon seeking some and fuss and attention from staff and since being with one of the charity’s dedicated foster carers, she has really started to find her paws.   

Naomi Burgoyne, Cattery Team Leader at the centre said: “Once she gets to know you, Pixel will display her sweet and affectionate side and will lean in for gentle cheek strokes and a chin scratch. She may be an older cat, but she still has a keen sense of fun and loves playing with her favourite string toys. She’ll be your best pal if you have a treat ready for her after she’s shown off her catching skills.  

“Pixel is an independent lady who likes to do her own thing and after a fuss and a play she enjoys time to herself for peaceful afternoon naps before seeking out her favourite human companions to chill out with in the evening. 

“This elegant senior feline is keen to keep up appearances and enjoys a good grooming session and a brush behind the ears. We’ve found this has helped Pixel settle into a new environment and bond with people, so new owners should have their cat grooming brush at the ready!” 

Pixel is looking to be the only pet in the home and would like a garden that she can explore in her own time.  
Potential new owners who feel they can give Pixel the love that she deserves, should visit the Battersea website to find out more: https://www.battersea.org.uk/

For Battersea’s tips on cat grooming, please visit: www.battersea.org.uk/pet-advice  

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PDSA Saves Cat Trapped in Rabbit Snare: Calls for Nationwide Ban on Snares – Katzenworld

Leading vet charity PDSA saved the life of a three-year-old cat who became trapped in a rabbit snare, leaving her with serious injuries.

CupCake, fondly known as C.C, was missing from her home in Canterbury for five days, leaving her loving owner, Karen Gunn, very concerned. When she came home, it was clear by how lethargic she was, there was something severely wrong.

Karen could see something caught on C.C. and immediately took her to PDSA’s out of hours provider, Vets Now in Herne Bay.

Once there, the vets made the horrific discovery that C.C was in fact, caught in a rabbit snare. A snare is a thin wire noose used as a method of wildlife management. When an animal steps into the trap, the noose tightens around them, trapping them in place.

The snare had wrapped so tightly around her waist it was hard to see buried underneath her fur. As C.C had struggled to get herself free, the snare cut deeper into her, causing deep and painful wounds – it was a miracle C.C was able to move, let alone struggle all the way home.

Luckily, thanks to Karen’s quick thinking and the treatment, which was funded by PDSA, the vets were able to save C.C’s life. The snare was very carefully removed and the wounds were cleaned, dressed and treated with antibiotics.

Karen said: “If C.C hadn’t managed to get herself home, I don’t bear to think about what would have happened to her – it’s possible she spent five whole days trapped in that snare, trying to wiggle herself free. We can’t thank PDSA enough for ensuring C.C got the treatment she needed for a full recovery.”

C.C needed regular check-ups at Margate PDSA Pet Clinic to monitor her wounds, to ensure they were clean and free from infection.

Karen added: “C.C’s wounds are now fully healed and she’s back on her paws again – she has a big scar and her fur is yet to fully grow back, but she’s a real fighter.”

PDSA Veterinary Surgeon, Lynne James, said: “We’re extremely pleased that Wales has committed to a full ban on all snares, as this is a great step for animal welfare in Wales, due to the suffering these devices cause to wild, farmed and companion animals. PDSA supports a ban on the manufacture, sale, possession and use of all snares not just in Wales, but across the whole of the UK, and is now looking to England and Scotland to follow suit and join Wales with a complete ban on snares.

Lynne added: “Unfortunately we do see cases like C.C’s across our 48 Pet Hospitals, and we firmly believe there needs to be a ban on snares. Snares are inhumane; catching a range of wild and domestic animals, including protected species and beloved family pets, often resulting in severe injury or death.

“Animals caught in snares naturally panic and struggle to break free, this causes the snare to cut deeper into the skin and flesh, seriously harming the animal. Unless found, animals suffer horrendously, possibly for many hours, before they die.”

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RSPCA Seeks Information After Kitten Thrown from Vehicle – Katzenworld

Winston is now making a good recovery and is in the care of the RSPCA

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a kitten believed to have been thrown from a moving vehicle suffered serious injury.

The six-week-old, who has been named Winston by volunteers at RSPCA Crewe and Nantwich Branch, is now making a good recovery after his ordeal.

He was spotted by delivery driver Leaum Rutter (pictured) lying on Cross Lane at Church Minshull near Crewe on Friday, June 30. Winston was crawling around in agony on the side of the road, but Leaum stopped the traffic and came to his rescue. The driver placed the young cat in a box and took him to a Nantwich-based vet’s where x-rays revealed the feline had suffered a bilateral femoral fracture.

Winston underwent successful surgery to pin his broken leg and is now under the care of the Crewe and Nantwich Branch, who have moved him into a foster home.

The branch’s cat coordinator, Mandy Hill, said: “The vet thought the impact injuries were unusual and after examination it sadly does look like this little kitten was thrown from a moving car.

“It’s such a callous thing to do to a little cat. Winston was really scared when he first came into the branch. At first we thought he may be a feral cat, but it is clear he has been socialised by someone and has been living in someone’s home.

“He’s a lively little thing and fortunately the vet expects him to make a good recovery.”

Winston’s sad story comes as the RSPCA has launched its Cancel Out Cruelty campaign, to raise funds to help its busy frontline rescue teams continue to save animals from cruelty and abuse and to raise awareness about how to stop cruelty to animals for good.

On Tuesday last week (18 July), the charity received 4,060 calls to its cruelty line – on average six a minute during opening hours – with 1,775 incidents investigated by frontline rescuers on its busiest day of the year.

Anyone with any information about what happened to Winston should call the RSPCA appeals line number on 0300 123 8018.

Kind-hearted delivery driver Leaum and his family are making a donation to help cover the branch’s vet bill. The branch is also taking donations from the public and can be contacted at branch@rspca-crewenantwich.org.uk

The Crewe and Nantwich Branch is also seeking homes for a female cat and her four kittens who were discovered at Nantwich Marina on Friday, July 14.

A narrowboat owner called the charity after she rescued one of the kittens who had fallen into the Shropshire Union Canal. Animal rescue officer Scarlet Sanderson went to the marina and collected the kitten and the four other felines, some of whom were found hiding in piping.

The branch has named the mother Doris (pictured), while her fleet-footed offspring are called Senna, Hamilton, Lando and Ricciardo after Formula One racing drivers.

Anyone who is interested in offering the cats a loving home should email the branch at catrehoming@rspca-crewenantwich.org.uk

Heartbreaking figures released by the RSPCA have shown that reports of animals being beaten increased by 22% last year – with incidents peaking during the summer months, with three reported every minute. The charity has launched its Cancel Out Cruelty campaign, to raise funds to help its frontline rescue teams continue to save animals from cruelty. The RSPCA’s frontline rescuers, volunteers and a network of branches are working tirelessly to save animals this summer but we can’t do it alone. Please help cancel out cruelty, visit rspca.org.uk/cancel.

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UK Welfare Campaigner Emma Milne to Receive 2023 WSAVA Companion Animal Welfare Award – Katzenworld

Dr Emma Milne, a British vet and long-standing campaigner on animal welfare issues, particularly those relating to the health problems suffered by many brachycephalic animals, is to receive this year’s World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Award for Companion Animal Welfare.

Emma Milne qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1996 and worked in practice in the UK for 12 years before becoming a clinical nutrition advisor for Hill’s for seven years, during which time she moved to France. She is well-known in the UK following her appearances in a TV series called Vets in Practice and her role as a presenter on documentaries on wildlife. She was one of the first veterinarians to highlight the health issues suffered by many brachycephalic and extreme breeds and launched the online platform Vets Against Brachycephalism in 2017 to encourage vets worldwide to join the global fight against breeding extremely brachycephalic animals. She also campaigns on the responsible use of animal photos in marketing, calling out advertisers which use deformed animals in a ‘cute’ way, to sell their products.

Dr Milne is also an author – her most recent book, ‘Picking a Pedigree: How to choose a healthy puppy or kitten,’ highlighted health problems in pedigree dogs and cats associated with body size and shape, as well as other inherited conditions. Her other writing includes a series of children’s pet care books, The Pet Detective Series, including ‘Is a cat the right pet for you?’ The books highlight the five welfare needs of companion animals and the importance of their mental, as well as physical, wellbeing.

Commenting on the Award to Dr Milne, Dr Cheryl Good, member of the WSAVA’s Animal Wellness and Welfare Committee (AWWC), said: ” Emma Milne exemplifies the integration of animal welfare with veterinary medicine. Her advocacy on the welfare issues associated with selecting for brachycephaly and extreme conformation has had international impacts on countless numbers of animals.

“Her impact on the community is felt globally as she inspires future and current veterinarians and the public with her many speaking engagements and written works. Dr Milne’s authorship of children’s books and national media appearances demonstrate her creativity and determination to reach new audiences and magnify her impact.”

Dr Milne said: “I had no idea I’d even been nominated for this incredible award. I had to read the email three times before I believed what I was seeing. I work alongside people who I feel are absolute giants in animal welfare and ethics so to be awarded this myself is indescribable. I can’t thank those who nominated me enough or get close to expressing verbally just how much it means to me, It is things like this that, on the low days, keep me fired up to continue what has become my life’s work.”

The WSAVA Companion Animal Welfare Award recognizes individual veterinarians who have made a significant contribution to animal welfare and inspired others to play their part in advancing welfare globally. Dr Milne will receive her award during this year’s WSAVA World Congress, which takes place from 27-29 September in Lisbon, Portugal.

The WSAVA represents more than 200,000 veterinarians worldwide through its 115 member associations and works to enhance standards of clinical care for companion animals. Its core activities include the development of WSAVA Global Guidelines in key areas of veterinary practice, including pain management, nutrition and vaccination, together with lobbying on important issues affecting companion animal care worldwide.

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RSPCA Young Photographer Awards: Capturing Emotions in Animal Portraits – Katzenworld

Buckle in for the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards emotional rollercoaster

As the deadline for the 2023 RSPCA Young Photographer Awards looms, the RSPCA is celebrating some of its finest young photographer alumni and the stunning range of emotions they have captured in animal portraits over the years.

Every year, incredible photographs are taken by youngsters aged 18 and under and entered as submissions to the prestigious RSPCA Young Photographer Awards. As this year’s awards judges brace themselves for another emotional judging session, the RSPCA is looking back at some of the most emotive entries from the last few years.

Young photographers still have until Tuesday 15 August to enter awards, which is now celebrating its 33rd year.

Award winning wildlife photographer and Young Photographer Awards judge, Emma Jacobs, said: “You might want to have a tissue ready for looking through our pick of some historic entries. Some will make you cry with laughter, others will make you weep from the emotion radiating from them – they all showcase what the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards is all about!”

  1. Radiant Ralph

Hilarious pet portrait taken by Demmi Havenhand, aged 18 from Bedlington in Northumberland, for the 2022 Young Photographer Awards. Demmi scored the Runner Up position in the Pet Portraits category for capturing this happy moment.

2. Guilty Sofa Look

Snapped for the under 12 mobile and devices category in 2020, 10-year-old Wilfred Maidment from Cranbrook in Kent, shot this heart-wrenching photo of his dog Buda, looking very sad and guilty for getting caught taking a nap on the sofa. Wilfred won first prize for his brilliant photo.

3. Sleeping Heart

Kathryn Walton, aged 12 from Northampton, took this warm fuzzy photo in 2020 and won the runner up prize for the aged 12-15 mobile phone and devices category.  Awwww.

4. A Summer Shower

Gideon Knight, aged 18 from Essex, captured this comic photo of a seagull ‘enjoying’ the great British summertime. Gideon was commended for his photo portfolio submission in 2018.

5. Hopeful for a white Christmas

Clara Drycz, aged 15 from Rochdale, caught the longing in her puppy’s eyes – as if he was wishing for just one white Christmas! Clara submitted her emotional entry to the mobile phone and devices category in 2022.

6. Nose Dive

At the other end of the spectrum, young photographer Hattie Pearce, aged 18 from Solihull, was commended in the 2022 Pet Personalities category for her photo of a joyful puppy enjoying some summer sand.

7. Puffins Kiss

This tender moment between two puffins was captured by Jake Kneale, aged 16 from Pewsey, in Wiltshire. Jake was commended for his photography portfolio submitted in 2019.

8. To infinity and beyond!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s a…flying lamb…Molly Tollson, aged 14 from Biggar in Scotland, photographed the surreal moment she saw a lamb take flight. Molly submitted her brilliant photo entry to the 12-15 mobile phone and devices category and won in 2020.

9. Snuggled Squirrel

Hugo Napier, aged 10 from York, photographed this lovely moment of human-animal connection as an orphaned squirrel is given a feed and a warm blanket. Hugo was runner up in the under 12 mobile phone and devices category for 2022.

10. Mid Air Catch

Daniel Zhang, aged 15 from Hendon in London, won the aged 12-15 category in 2019 for snapping this bird looking for his supper!

Last but not least, a final bonus photo to strike a fear into even the bravest of hearts. Joshu Myers aged 15 from Sheffield, shot this incredible but terrifying photo in 2018 and claimed the runner up position in the aged 12-15 category. Here’s a surprise wild card, number 11…

11. The Stare

There’s still time for budding young photographers to enter this year’s awards, and with ten different categories* to choose from, there’s something for everyone, whatever their interest – and some amazing prizes to be won. All animals are welcome, from pets to wildlife, insects, farm animals and more.

TV presenter, wildlife advocate and president of the RSPCA, Chris Packham said: “I am really excited about this year’s RSPCA Young Photographer Awards and I hope many young people will get outside and photograph their favourite animals or bugs for this fantastic competition.”

Judges include: wildlife photographer and TV presenter Chris Packham; wildlife photographer and presenter Rachel Bigsby; former competition winner-turned-professional photographer Catriona Parfitt; professional wildlife photographer and photographic guide Ellie Rothnie; and RSPCA photographers Andrew Forsyth and Emma Jacobs.

The judges will award trophies to winners in each category, as well as crowning an Overall Winner. The Overall Winner will receive a weekend photography break with award­-winning wildlife photographer Danny Green’s team at Natures Images. Worth £675, this fabulous prize includes two nights’ accommodation for the winner and a parent/guardian.

The winners will be announced in December 2023, at an awards ceremony hosted by Chris Packham at the Tower of London.

Young photographers can upload their images, view past galleries and find out everything they need to know at: www.rspca.org.uk/ypa.

Sponsors of the competition are Natures Images (wildlife photography holidays) and Camtraptions (camera traps for wildlife photography).

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit our website or call our donation line on 0300 123 8181.

*The categories are;

  • Under 12 (taken with a camera)

  • 12–15 years (taken with a camera)

  • 16–18 years (taken with a camera)

  • Under 12 (taken on a mobile/device)

  • 12–15 years (taken on a mobile/device)

  • 16–18 years (taken on a mobile/device)

  • Pet Personalities

  • Pet Portraits

  • Small World

  • Portfolio

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Oldest Cats in RSPCA Care: Ginger and Mollie Seek Loving, Quiet Homes – Katzenworld

Ginger and Mollie are currently two of the oldest cats in RSPCA care

An RSPCA rehoming centre in Salford is putting out a special appeal for two mature moggies who have both come into rescue at the grand old age of 19.

The charity’s Manchester and Salford Branch took in the elderly felines last month after their previous owner sadly became too unwell to care for them.

Long-haired Ginger, and black and white Mollie – who is believed to be almost, if not completely, deaf – are thought to be two of the oldest cats being looked after by the RSPCA’s network of branches and centres in England and Wales.

Both cats, who are each the equivalent of 92-years-old in human years, have had full veterinary check ups and despite their advancing years are said to be agile and in good health.

Despite having apparently lived together for sometime, the RSPCA branch is looking for separate homes for the cats in their twilight years after it became clear that Mollie, the more reserved of the pair, had probably been competing with Ginger for attention and food – and missing out.

The effect on Mollie since she’s been looked after on her own has been immediate and positive. Whereas she used to sleep all day and hide away avoiding social interaction, she’s now blossomed into a friendly, good natured and very affectionate cat who loves to be stroked and fussed over.

She has also begun to show a real interest in food and is now a healthy weight.

Describing the golden oldies, who are both in the care of fosterers, branch manager Susie Hughes said: “Ginger has been around the block enough times to know exactly what she wants. Her daily mission is to get as close to people as often as she can, and she’s a fantastic organiser of human time, telling her foster carer exactly what she needs.

“She’s a super confident cat who loves being the centre of attention and would spend all day on someone’s lap if she could. She’ll need an adopter who is as equally confident as she is though because Ginger will tell them off with a little hiss or a quick swipe of her paw if you try and get up from your chair before she wants you to!

“Mollie frequently naps during the day and appears to be almost, if not completely, deaf. Whilst this doesn’t appear to have affected her adversely in terms of confidence, it does mean her meows can sometimes be rather loud.

“It also means she’ll have to be an indoor cat, unless a catio (enclosed outdoor patio for cats) is available, as it wouldn’t be safe for her to go outside. She’s very fond of a window ledge to sit on and watch the world go by, so that’s definitely top of the list in her potential new home.

“We’d urge people to look beyond these cats’ ages as age is really just a number and rehoming an older pet can be incredibly rewarding. You’re giving them the best possible life in their twilight years and we always do our utmost to ensure a happy ending for every animal that comes into our care, young or old.”

Both Ginger and Mollie are looking for quiet, adult-only homes without other pets.If you would like to know more about them or express an interest in adoption, please email adoptions@rspca-manchesterandsalford.org.uk or visit the branch’s website where you will also be able to see all the other animals looking for new homes at the centre.

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How to Show Your Cat Love: Making Time for Special Moments – Katzenworld

Sandra McCune from the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS) talks about how we can show our cats some love by giving them special time each day

Of course, we love our cats every day of the year even when they wake us up early in the morning to be fed or cuddled, when they leave their hairs all over the sofa or when they stay out all night and worry us sick! But it is rather nice for them to be recognised with their own special International Cat Day once a year on Tuesday, 8th August.

International Cat Care is the custodian of International Cat Day, an organisation that works internationally to improve cat welfare through collation and promotion of evidence-based research into feline physical and mental wellbeing.

This year they are encouraging us to set aside five minutes each day to play with our cats to improve their physical and mental health.

Kittens are famous for their playful nature but this natural behaviour can persist right into old age. Play is important for cats, particularly those kept exclusively indoors, to keep their minds and bodies active and well. If you’re not sure how to get started, then take a look at this poster created by Mikel Delgado for helpful tips on playing with your cat, beautifully illustrated by Lili Chin.

SCAS understands how special our cats are! As a charitable organisation, SCAS is dedicated to supporting research, promoting best practices, and advocating for policies that help both pets and people. Read more about SCAS here.

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Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS): Free Access to Vital Information Worldwide – Katzenworld

As a Gold Open Access journal, the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS) is now freely accessible to anyone, anywhere in the world, providing vital information about all aspects of feline medicine and surgery to those who need it.

The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS) is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing original papers of international or global significance that improve the veterinary care and welfare of domestic cats. As a highly respected journal with an Impact Factor of 1.971, JFMS is an invaluable resource for researchers and veterinary practitioners working with domestic cats.

Prior to January 2023, access to JFMS for most veterinary practitioners was dependent on membership to the International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM) or the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), or a separate paid subscription. Now that the journal is open access, there are no restrictions on who can access the journal, with all articles past and present being free to view. This means that researchers and veterinary professionals can make use of the journal without any barriers to accessing the articles and be at the forefront of feline medicine and surgery.

The decision to make JFMS open access greatly enhances the goal of ISFM, the AAFP and the journal’s Editors to improve the health and welfare of cats by providing high-quality peer-reviewed information. The AAFP and ISFM have already seen the positive impact this has had, with low- and middle-income countries now accounting for a quarter of the 20 most common geographic locations for visitors to the JFMS website.

‘The JFMS has always been an integral membership benefit for AAFP members, allowing them to stay current with cutting edge research and practical clinical reviews which they can utilize each time they see a cat at their practice’, states Heather O’Steen, AAFP’s CEO. ‘The decision to make this content freely available allows everyone access to this content in order to elevate the standards of care and welfare for all cats.’

Commenting on the transition to open access, Head of ISFM Nathalie Dowgray stated, ‘Transitioning JFMS to an open access journal helps ISFM fulfil our parent charity’s (International Cat Care) mission of creating a cat friendly world through ensuring the latest knowledge in feline medicine and welfare is available to the global veterinary community.’

All of the journal’s previous and latest articles can be read for free at go.jfms.com/apc.

For those interested in submitting to JFMS, authors are able to benefit from a 50% discount on the article processing charge until 4 July 2023; after this date, a 22% discount will be in place for authors who are a member of ISFM or the AAFP. Click here for more information about submitting an article to JFMS.

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Engage in ‘Purrfect Play Every Day’ for International Cat Day with Leading Cat Welfare Charity – Katzenworld

Leading cat welfare charity wants owners to engage in ‘Purrfect Play Every Day’ for International Cat Day 

Co-ordinator of International Cat Day and pioneering cat welfare charity, International Cat Care (iCatCare), recommends that cat owners take five minutes a day to play with their cats to improve their physical health and mental wellbeing.

The campaign has been developed to encourage owners to play with each of their cats separately for at least five minutes every day with a wand toy, an activity that less than 30% of cat owners are currently engaging in (according to a recent survey conducted by the charity). Just like dogs need walking every day, cats need daily play to keep them active and happy. Wand toy play provides cats with a safe outlet to perform natural behaviours and has many benefits, including:

  • Reduced hunting behaviour (by up to 25% in some studies)1
  • Increased mental stimulation
  • Encourages exercise and helps to maintain a healthy bodyweight
  • Reduction in problem behaviours (such as destroying household items)2
  • Strengthening of the human-animal bond
  • Improved quality of life2

iCatCare will be sharing expert advice on the purrfect toys, how best to play with cats of all ages, plus, tips and tricks for safe play with the whole family. The two-week social media campaign, ‘Purrfect Play Every Day’, will launch on 1 August, leading up to International Cat Day (8 August) and beyond, inspiring owners to make playing with their cats a daily habit.

Sarah Ellis, Head of Cat Mental Wellbeing and Behaviour at iCatCare said: “The benefits to our cats of playing with them are really impressive, both in terms of their physical health and their mental wellbeing. We know cat lovers want to do their best by their cats and we are therefore excited to help everyone spend 5 minutes on a daily basis playing with their cat with a wand toy. It’s definitely something cats will thank us for!”

To join the Purrfect Play Every Day campaign, follow @icatcare on social media, tag us in your posts and use #InternationalCatDay and #PurrfectPlay. For more information, visit: https://icatcare.org/international-cat-day/


1. Cecchetti M, et al. Provision of High Meat Content Food and Object Play Reduce Predation of Wild Animals by Domestic Cats Felis catus, Current Biology, 2021; 31 (5): 1107-1111. Available from: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0960982220318960

2. Henning J, et al. Cats just want to have fun: Associations between play and welfare in domestic cats, Animal Welfare, 2023; 32 (e9): 1-11. Available from: https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/03F9B841EFF468344BC1B0D01D37CBC6/S0962728623000027a.pdf/div-class-title-cats-just-want-to-have-fun-associations-between-play-and-welfare-in-domestic-cats-div.pdf

About International Cat Care (iCatCare)
International Cat Care is a pioneering cat welfare charity. Since 1958 we’ve challenged cruelty, ignorance and misunderstanding to affect positive change in the lives of cats. With an estimated global population of 600 million cats, half of which are thought to be unowned, our work has never been more important.

The International Cat Care vision: A cat friendly world where each cat, owned and unowned, is treated with respect, compassion and understanding. 

The International Cat Care mission: To enable more people to act in a cat friendly way to improve cat welfare.

For more information, please visit https://icatcare.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/icatcare

iCatCare’s Cat Friendly Principles are available for download here.

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Special Appeal to Find a Home for Tortoiseshell Tilly, a Rescued Cat – Katzenworld

The RSPCA says she’s ‘blossomed’ in their care but would love her own family

The RSPCA has issued a special appeal to find a new home for a nine-year-old cat who has been ‘won round’ by the patience and perseverance of staff at its animal centre in Cheshire.

Tortoiseshell Tilly was frightened and confused when she arrived at the Warrington, Halton & St Helen Branch’s rehoming centre in Slutchers Lane, Warrington, after being signed over into the charity’s care from a multi-animal household in Greater Manchester.

She was struggling with an untreated flea allergy, and was underweight, possibly from having to compete for food in her previous home.

Sadly, despite the progress she’s made since coming into rescue in March, Tilly has had only one rehoming enquiry, and staff think her age might be a factor.

The staff are now hoping that an appeal for a new home for her will prove to be as successful as it was for long-stay German Shepherd Petra, who was inundated with offers of homes from all over the UK – eventually settling with a new family in the south after the RSPCA shared her story back in May.

Animal care manager Katie Buckley said: “Tilly was understandably frightened when she first came to us and hid away for large parts of the day. We gave her all the time, space, and patience she needed, allowing her to settle at her own pace, and this has certainly paid off.

“She’s blossomed into a lovely, affectionate cat who enjoys attention, especially if there’s a lap on offer that she can curl up on and purr to her heart’s content.

“The transformation has been incredible and it goes to show that perseverance and understanding is the key to helping nervous and frightened cats like Tilly learn to love again.

“We’re over the moon at the progress she’s made since she’s been with us, but despite the fact she’s only middle-aged at nine years old, we’ve only had one rehoming enquiry about her.

“We’d love to find Tilly a place she can call her own, with patient and understanding owners who’ll support her on this next stage of her journey. We’d appeal to anyone who would like to welcome her into their family to get in touch.”

Tilly is described as an ‘independent lady’, who likes to do her own thing at times and will wander off to be on her own when she’s had enough. Her ideal home would be with a couple or family who are looking for a more mature four-legged companion, with someone in the household who is around for a good part of the day or who possibly works from home.

She would prefer not to live with a dog and would like a safe garden to be able to explore.

To find out more about Tilly, please visit the Warrington, Halton & St Helen’s Branch’s website.

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