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YOUR SIX-PAGE GUIDE TO A CAT-FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS
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?Christmas has never been the same since cover kitten, Tom, and
his brother, Butch, arrived,? says owner and photographer Mark
Taylor, of Warren Photographic Ltd. ?Age-old, traditional paper
decorations have had to be replaced with something a bit more
sturdy. Son of the local tomcat, Tom?s feisty and fun nature is part
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We take a look at our favourite
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8 CATCH-UP
Six pages of news and diary
dates from the cat world
? plus Chris Pascoe?s
Christmas capers.
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How can we learn to make
our lives better? By taking the
lead from our cats!
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ON THER 16 SAVING
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WILDCAT
Read how Scottish Wildcat
Action is fighting to save
and protect our only
native wildcats.
20 CAT CHAT
Four pages of readers?
prize-winning letters,
pictures, and social
media snippets.
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kitty dilemmas, answered by
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46 A BAD MOVE
Behaviourist Peter Neville is
called in to help deal with one
cat?s attitude problem.
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49 THEY CALL ME MR TIBBS
Mr Tibbs has a secret
condition, writes owner
Holly Carter.
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We discover why some rescue
moggies take longer to find
their forever homes.
Universities across
the UK are home to a group of
high-flying felines.
WRAPPED UP
Six pages of festive tips, gift
ideas, and more!
DAUGHTER?S LIFE!?
April Sawyer owes her life to
one of her beloved cats.
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38 OCCUPATIONAL
HAZARDS
Vet Dr Bradley Viner describes
what you should do if your cat
suffers a serious injury.
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ON THER 55 CELEBRITY
COV INTERVIEW
TV star Rick Edwards
chats cats.
56 SHOPSTOP
Our monthly round-up of
purrfect products for you
and your cat.
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58 A QUARTET OF KITTIES
Tina Read writes about
her beloved cats and their
many quirks in this True
Cat Tale.
60 PAWTRAITS
Our readers? cats are
getting into the festive spirit
in this month?s gallery!
62 LIFE ON THE FARM
Julie Lyons wasn?t a cat
person until she began
rescuing felines.
64 SANTA PAWS
A black cat helps a frustrated
family turn around a tense
Christmas, in this festive
fictional short story by
Kathryn Freeman.
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Inviting a kitten into
the fold is an exciting time
for children, but it pays to
prepare them for the new
furry arrival.
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A year
in cats
As we wave goodbye to another year, we
take a look back at some of our favourite
photos of cats, big and small, from 2017.
Award-winning photographer Villager Jim has shared his favourite cat photo from the past year with us, which shows one of
his local cats perched on a fence. It?s safe to say that this cat ? or ?Mrs Grumpy Knickers? as Jim coined her ? wasn?t happy to
be snapped at this opportune moment!
Image: Bogdan Baraghin, FOUR PAWS.
He may look as
though he hasn?t a care
in the world, but life
wasn?t always so easy
for Bakari the leopard.
Born in a German zoo,
he was sadly used as
a ?prop? with whom
visitors could pose
for photos. At just
two months old, he
was rescued by the
FELIDA Big Cat Centre
in the Netherlands,
and in 2016, he was
moved to LIONSROCK,
international charity
FOUR PAWS? big cat
sanctuary, where he now
lives a life of comfort in
the vast African plains.
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PHOTOCATCH-UP
FEATURE
Image: Laura Albiac Vilas.
Image: Ariel Berry (www.comedypetphoto.com).
This striking image was taken by photographer Vanessa Morgan, who founded the ?Traveling Cats? blog, after encountering
many cats on her travels around the world. Vanessa explains: ?It was really difficult to pick a favourite picture, but I think I found
one. It was taken in Venice, Italy, in the Libreria Acqua Alta, a famous book store that has several cats.?
US photographer Ariel Berry?s snap, entitled ?Mirror,
Mirror?, of her cat, Rose, was a finalist in the Comedy Pet
Photography Awards. Ariel says that Rose?s main hobby is
looking at her own reflection, adding: ?Sometimes, when
she?s having a bad hair day, she bites it!?
This candid shot of a rare lynx emerging from the bushes was
taken by Laura Albiac Vilas, one of the finalists of the 11 ? 14 year
olds? category for 2017?s Wildlife Photographer of the Year. The
competition, run by the Natural History Museum, attracted more
than 50,000 entries from around the world this year. ?
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Image: Shan Shui, Panthera.
Snow leopards
no longer
endangered
It?s good news for the snow leopard:
the big cat species? status at the
International Union for Conservation
of Nature (IUCN) has been changed
from ?endangered? to ?vulnerable?.
The snow leopard had been listed
as endangered on IUCN?s Red List
of Threatened Species since 1972.
The change in status has come
after three years of hard work by
international experts from Panthera,
Snow Leopard Conservancy, and
Wildlife Conservation Society
? but these iconic symbols of Asia?s
great mountain wilderness still
face numerous and growing threats.
Dr Tom McCarthy, executive
director of Panthera?s snow leopard
programme, says: ?To be considered
endangered, there must be fewer
than 2,500 mature snow leopards,
and they must be experiencing a high
rate of decline.
?Both conditions are now
considered extremely unlikely, which
is the good news, but it does not
mean that snow leopards are safe,
or that now is a time to celebrate.
The species still faces a high risk of
extinction in the wild and is likely
still declining, just not at the rate
previously thought.?
Reunited after
seven years!
This cheeky cat kept his owner waiting for a reunion,,
after he went missing seven years ago.
Eight-year-old Kipper was brought into RSPCA?s
Putney Animal Hospital in London by a member
of the public, after he was found straying around
Teddington Memorial Hospital. When RSPCA staff
checked him for a microchip, they were able to
Kipper.
reunite him with his owner, Bobbie Russon, and
discovered that he?d been missing for seven years.
Caroline Allen, veterinary director at Putney Animal Hospital, says: ?When Kipper
was brought into Putney, he was in fairly good condition, with just a mild allergic
reaction to ?eas.
?We ran the microchip details and, although the address and number details were
correct, we later learned the family was on holiday. However, there was an email
address and, much to our surprise, we received a response from Kipper?s owner, who
said he had been missing for seven years. I don?t think anyone expected that.
?This really does highlight why microchipping your pet is so important, and it is
vital to tell the microchip company yourself if any contact details change.?
Bobbie, who lives in south-west London, adds: ?We were so surprised to hear
Kipper was still alive. After all these years, we thought he?d been run over and we
had given up hope. I?m really pleased to have him back. I wonder what his story is
and where he was for all those years.?
A beautiful
snow leopard.
Woman uses
Tinder to find
missing cat
A cat lover was frantic with worry
when her ginger and white moggy,
Peanut, disappeared from her
Northampton home, especially
after a spate of recent cat killings
in her area.
After an unsuccessful social media
appeal, Katie set up a Tinder pro?le
to reach out to local people in her
area. After just half an hour, she
received a message from someone
just a few streets away to say Peanut
was in his garden.
She tracked
the cat down
to a local
supermarket
car park, but he
became startled
and ran away, so
she used some
of his familiar
scents, such as
cat litter and
treats, to entice
him back.
Katie with
Peanut.
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Shocking
statistics
Bin bag babies
Awww! This adorable 10-day-old
kitten, named Teenie, was discovered
by a member of the public in a black
bin bag in Brent, north-west London.
Teenie is now being hand-reared
by animal welfare organisation, the
Mayhew, along with her siblings, Tiny,
Titch, and Smalls.
Picture
of the
month
Two of the Mayhew?s dedicated
foster carers fed the kittens every
three hours around the clock,
with veterinary-formulated kitten
substitute milk.
Thanks to their dedication, the
kittens have thrived and have all
found new homes.
Blue Cross has unveiled shocking statistics
of illegal and unethical online pet sales
across Europe.
The ?gures show that 104,318 cats and
400,579 dogs are advertised for sale every
day in 21 countries across the continent,
many of whom have health problems,
are underweight, or are too young to be
separated from their mothers.
Blue Cross is a member of the
Pet Advertising Advisory Group
(PAAG), a body dedicated to improving
the standard of advertising pets on
classi?ed websites.
The results of the charity?s recent study
show there is a de?nite need for action
on online sales through these types of
self-regulatory groups.
Becky Thwaites, head of public
affairs at Blue Cross, says: ?The ?ndings
from our report on the online sale of pets
in Europe has shocked us all. The cases
of unscrupulous breeders and sellers
who prioritise pro?t over welfare is
clearly a growing problem that needs
to be tackled.
?We have seen the success that
PAAG has had in the UK in removing
inappropriate ads, improving the
standard of advertising, and, most
importantly, improving the welfare of
animals, and we are con?dent that the
same can be achieved across Europe,
with additional groups being set up in
European countries.?
Government increases
animal cruelty sentence
Animal lovers and welfare
organisations across the UK, including
Cats Protection and Battersea Dogs &
Cats Home, are celebrating a landmark
victory, after the government
announced it intends to increase
maximum prison sentences from six
months to ?ve years, for the worst
cases of animal cruelty in England.
Battersea has been campaigning
all year for tougher sentences. Chief
executive Claire Horton says that
everyone at the charity was ?thrilled?
with the news: ?This shows that the
political will is there to make the
punishment ?t the crime.
?Since we launched our campaign
calling for ?ve-year sentences, the
momentum has been building and the
response has been tremendous, with
close to 62,000 members of the public
across the UK calling on their elected
representatives to back this change
? and 145 politicians already have.?
Paul O?Grady
supported
the campaign.
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Casper?s
rescue.
Rescued
tigers receive
specialist care
Sayeeda enjoys her
new surroundings.
Casper the cat had a tree-mendous fright
after becoming stuck up a 40ft-high tree!
The frightened moggy was unfortunate
enough to be stranded in the tree in
Daviot, Aberdeenshire, during a storm,
which buffeted the area with violent
winds and rain.
Casper?s owner called the Scottish
SPCA after attempts by local farmers to
rescue him failed.
Animal rescue officer Christine Forbers
says: ?I arrived at the same time as
a local tree surgeon, who made a very
brave attempt, but poor Casper just went
further up the tree and out of reach. It
was then that the fire brigade was called
to assist.?
Casper was caught with a grasper and
placed into a basket, and returned to his
very relieved owner.
?He is doing absolutely fine, other than
being very hungry and saturated ? I don?t
think he?ll be climbing trees again in
a hurry!? says Christine.
Netherlands, which specialises in
traumatised tigers, to prepare them
for an eventual permanent transfer to
LIONSROCK, the organisation?s big cat
sanctuary in South Africa.
After the tigers, who are presumed
to be siblings, were evacuated from the
zoo, alongside 11 other animals, FOUR
PAWS brought them to the wildlife
rescue centre, Al Ma?wa for Nature and
Wildlife, in Jordan.
FOUR PAWS vet Dr Amir Khalil, who
was responsible for the rescue mission,
says: ?Since Sayeeda and Sultan are
still very young, we assume they were
born in the zoo during the war. Their
parents were probably starved or
killed by bombings. When we rescued
them, the siblings were emaciated and
full of parasites. Sultan even suffered
from a heart attack, but was thankfully
revived. I am glad to see the tigers
have recovered so well.?
by Anthony Smith
Tree
trial for
Casper
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the news from our October issue
that international animal welfare
organisation FOUR PAWS had rescued
13 animals from a neglected zoo near
Aleppo in Syria.
Now, after a short stay in Turkey
and Jordan, the FOUR PAWS team
has brought the two tigers from the
rescued group, Sultan and Sayeeda,
to its FELIDA Big Cat Centre in the
Sultan.
Images: FOUR PAWS.
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Gossip
Stay together for the cat?
Eddie.
Trucker rescues
tiny kitten
A lorry driver is responsible for saving the
life of a tiny kitten, after discovering the
poor pussycat by the side of the road.
He heard the six-week-old, long-haired
cat miaowing in a bush in Braintree,
Essex. After he went to investigate, the
frightened kitten scrambled up into the
cab of his lorry.
The trucker fed the frightened
feline a biscuit and then called the
RSPCA. Animal collection officer Joe
White collected the confused kitty, and
took him to a local vet, where he was
named Eddie.
He says: ?Eddie was very skinny, had
fleas, and discharge coming from his
eyes. Otherwise, he is bright and alert,
and super-friendly. To leave this little puss
here on his own was unbelievable.?
Eddie will receive treatment at the vet?s,
and, if not claimed, will be found a new
home when he is old enough.
A new survey of 2,000 pet owners
by insurance group MORE TH>N
has found that 15 per cent of pet
owners only stayed with their
partners to keep their pets happy.
Among the key concerns were
being unable to decide who should
take custody of the animal (36 per
cent), followed by not wanting to
take the pet to a rescue centre
(25 per cent).
Rise in e-cig poisonings
Technology specialist Aquarium
Software has reported that the
number of pets falling ill after
biting into poisonous e-cigarette
refills, containing nicotine and other
toxins, has risen seven-fold from
17 in 2013, to 113 in 2016.
Most common claims
Internal data from Asda Money
Pet Insurance has revealed
the top 10 conditions claimed
for by customers this year,
including vomiting, mass removal,
gastroenteritis, wounds, and
diarrhoea. The average claim
amount was �2.
Busy summer for RSPCA
From left: Kath, Fiona, and BVNA
president Samantha Morgan.
Vet nurse of the year named
A Scottish vet nurse has taken home a prestigious prize from Blue Cross to
recognise her hard work and dedication.
Fiona Leathers, a veterinary nurse at A+G Vets in Bonnybridge, Falkirk, has
been named ?Vet Nurse of the Year? by Blue Cross. She received 16 nominations
from clients and colleagues for going ?above and beyond when it comes to
looking after pets?, and for making her clients ?feel more like friends?.
Fiona was presented with her award by Kath Urwin, Blue Cross?s veterinary
clinical manager, at the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA) Congress
in Telford, Shropshire.
Fiona says: ?I was speechless when I heard I had won this year?s award! I was
truly gobsmacked, delighted, and grateful to everyone who nominated me.?
The RSPCA has reported that its
centres and branches took in nearly
12,000 cats in summer 2017, as
kitten season pushed the charity
to its limits. Across England and
Wales from May 1 to September 24,
there were 11,313 cat abandonment
complaints reported to the RSPCA.
A recent survey by
retailer Wilko found that
pet owners spend �3.98
on their furry friends
every year ? �.16 more
than they spend on their
significant others!
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Charities pull
together for feral cats
Four Yorkshire-based animal charities
have pooled their resources to tackle
an out-of-control feral cat colony in
West Yorkshire.
Over the summer, Cats Protection
began searching for feral cats living on
the Dewsbury Moor estate, and found
a staggering number of cats who had
never been in human hands ? many of
whom had kittens.
Barbara Brotherton, foster carer
for Yorkshire Cat Rescue (YCR), says:
?This is one of the worst concentrations
One of Dewsbury?s
feral kittens.
of homeless and feral cats I?ve heard
of; something had to be done. All
those kittens faced an uncertain future
if they weren?t put into care immediately,
and I just knew that Yorkshire Cat
Rescue would do everything it could
to help.?
Having taken in over 20 foster kittens
and a few adult cats, Barbara reached
out to local animal charities, PAWS and
Independent Cat Rescue, who arranged
foster homes for another 23 cats and
kittens. YCR is managing the effort of
raising the kittens, including picking up
the ever expanding vets? bill.
YCR founder Sara Atkinson says: ?This
has been a real team effort: a success
owed to a handful of dedicated foster
carers, who are right now giving up all of
their spare time and many nights? sleep
to give these kittens a fighting chance.
I am truly impressed and grateful.
?Everyone with a pet cat can help too,
by making sure their pets are neutered
so they don?t add further kittens to
a world already overflowing with
unwanted pets.?
DIARY DATES
November 25
Cats Protection?s Preston branch
is holding a Christmas Fair at St
Leonard?s Church Hall, Marshalls
Brow, Penwortham, Lancashire PR1
9HY, from 2pm to 4pm. There will be
plenty of stalls with Cats Protection
gifts, crafts, clothes, and refreshments.
For more information, email
prestoncatsprotection@gmail.com or
call 01772 393949.
November 26
The Mayhew?s Christmas Fair at
Trenmar Gardens, Kensal Green,
London NW10 6BJ will run from 12pm
to 4pm. There will be Christmas carols,
a festive raffle, stalls with festive gifts,
mulled wine, mince pies, and more.
Entry costs �for adults and �for
children. For more information, email
events@mayhewanimalhome.org or
call 020 8962 8000.
December 2
Bath Cats & Dogs Home is hosting
a Christmas Cat Cuddle-a-thon, from
10.30am to 12pm, and 1pm to 3pm, at
The Avenue, Claverton Down, Bath
BA2 7AZ. Booking is essential. Call
01225 787334.
December 3
Battersea?s
strangest names!
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has revealed the
cats it?s encountered with the most unusual names
this year.
Topping the list was a fluffy, one-eyed feline, who
goes by the name Captain Cat Sparrow, followed
by sophisticated tortie Debbie Hairy in second, and
three-legged Mr Wobbles in third place. Rounding
off the top five most unusual names were Captain
Pugwash and Lady Flora Penelope.
Battersea?s centre manager Robert Young says:
?Two-thirds of the dogs and cats who arrive here are
brought in by their owners, who can no longer care
for them. These pets already have names of their
own, and we?ve certainly seen some unusual ones
over the years. Considering we care for more than
7,000 animals each year, it?s inevitable there will be
a few quirky names among them, and we?re always
on the lookout for the next unusual entrant.?
RSPCA?s York, Harrogate & District
branch is running its annual Christmas
Fair at York Animal Home, Landing
Lane, York YO26 4RH, from 11am
to 3pm. For more information,
call 01904 654949 or email valh@
rspca-yorkhome.org.uk
Captain Cat
Sparrow.
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In true Chris Pascoe style, our favourite
funnyman fails to have a peaceful Christmas.
hristmas is here and I?m already
on my festive pet-sitting rounds.
Some of my favourite visits this
season are to the pen of a small
group of rescue cats, incarcerated for
Christmas but soon to be finding new
homes: two very elderly, slow-moving
Devon Rex girls, Maggie and Lizzy, and
two kittens named Bill and Ben.
Outside the pen lives the fosterer?s
own pet cat, the aptly named
Dangerous Danny, a superhero of
a tabby, whose main superpower seems
to be the ability to fall from trees.
Danny loves climbing but he?s never
mastered the ?coming back down? bit,
generally preferring to shuffle around
a bit, then drop like a stone. Fortunately,
his real superpower, possessed by most
cats, is the ability to land on all fours,
embarrassed but unharmed.
Anyway, on my most recent visit,
having fed the penmates, gold-panned
their litter trays, and changed their
water, I went through the lengthy
procedure of re-locking the pen?s
bolts and latches, before realising I?d
forgotten to give them all their prized
treats ? a mixture of Dreamies and
Thrive dried chicken.
Knowing the pen situation as I do,
I realised that simply throwing the
treats in would result in the kittens
eating the lot, while the girls watched
in wide-eyed surprise, so I began
unlocking everything again (but not
without a few choice words that caused
Lizzy?s ears to pin back).
?Suddenly, I felt about
as Christmassy as
a partially drenched
fat bloke in a cat pen
could possibly be.?
Re-entry didn?t go well. Firstly, but
sadly not for the first time, I failed to
judge the height of the pen?s low door
frame. I thus managed to enter the pen
in something approaching a forward
roll, landing knee first in a large water
bowl, and transferring most of its
contents to the front of my trousers.
As I performed this unorthodox
manoeuvre, I also managed to drop my
handful of treats all over the pen floor.
Two kittens moved in for the kill
? not to finish me off but to gleefully
snatch at every falling treat they could
find. This scattergun approach was the
exact opposite of my original plan, and
I began scrambling to my feet to rescue
treats for the girls, who looked even
more shocked than usual. I had, after all,
fallen loudly into their home, shrieking
and splashing like a maniac, so I was
bound to get noticed.
In the next few slightly surreal
moments, I looked on as the two girls
suddenly spied the treats and launched
into action, tiny but appearing gigantic
as they bowled their even smaller
friends aside to claim their share, in
something approaching a curly blur.
As I watched in wonder, a famous
Christmas carol crept unbidden into
my mind, albeit with slightly changed
words: ?Fear not, said me, for mighty
Rex had seized their treats and Thrive?.
Suddenly, I felt about as Christmassy as
a partially drenched fat bloke in a cat
pen could possibly be.
At that very moment, snowflakes
began falling onto the branches of the
garden?s tall conifers ? well, actually no,
a single tabby cat named Danny began
falling through the branches, but that
would have to do.
So, it all ended well: happy feasting
for the pen cats and happy landings
for Danny ? and we?ll be doing it all
again tomorrow.
Have a great Christmas and a happy
new year! ?
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SPECIAL FEATURE
Life lessons
from your cat
How can we learn to make our lives better?
By taking the lead from our cats, of course!
C
ats can enrich our
lives in so many
ways, but we only
have to observe how
our feline friends live their
own lives to learn how we can
make our own better.
Because, let?s face it, pet
cats with loving homes have
an enviable existence. From
being fed on demand to
snoozing the day away in the
sun, life as a cat can be pretty
sweet ? and we could all
apply the cat?s philosophy on
life to our own.
So what life lessons can we
learn from our cats?
GET MORE SLEEP
We all feel better after a good
night?s sleep, don?t we? Cats
sleep for anything up to 18
hours a day, which might
explain why they seem so
happy with their lot in life.
Why not take a leaf out of
your moggy mate?s book
and aim to get plenty more
restful sleep?
Banish all phones and
tablets from the bedroom or
for at least an hour before
bed, instead opting to read
a book with a hot, milky drink.
You could even try essence
of lavender on your pillow.
These tips are all proven to
help you get a better night?s
sleep. There?s nothing a cat
nap can?t cure!
GO FOR A LONG WALK
Cats with access to the great
outdoors are lucky in that they
are able to go wherever the
wind takes them. Sometimes,
following our cats? example
and going out for a long walk
and exploring new places
is what we need to clear
our heads and get some
perspective. Plus, the health
benefits of going for regular
walks are well known.
ENJOY HOME
COMFORTS
We can learn so
much from our cats!
On the other hand, if you?re
a social butterfly who is busy
every night, having a quiet
evening at home to recharge
your batteries is always
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Our life
lessons
Or is it? There?s nothing
wrong with buying a gift for
your nearest and dearest, and
receiving a present from your
cat just shows how much he
thinks of you, although it?s
hard to believe this when the
present he brings you is of the
furry or feathered kind!
Enjoy your
creature
comforts.
a good idea. We all need
me-time, so just as cats love
to curl up in their favourite
snoozing spots, a night in front
of the TV or curling up with
a good book could do you the
world of good.
CHOOSE YOUR
FRIENDS WISELY
Cats are notoriously choosy
over who they allow to be
their friends. If they decide
they don?t like you, they won?t
come near you.
This is something we can
apply to our own lives ? many
of us have negative people
in our lives who we could
probably do without seeing
as often. Cats choose their
friends based on their gut
instincts, and perhaps we
should do the same.
event, lending someone
a possession knowing full
well they?ll probably lose it
? sound familiar?
We all know a cat won?t do
something he doesn?t want to
do, so we should try to follow
his lead and do what makes
us happy. Don?t want to go to
that event? Just say: ?Sorry,
I can?t make it.? Simple!
BE GENEROUS
They say it?s better to give
than receive, and a gift is
something to be cherished...
APPRECIATE THE
SMALL THINGS
Cats can be entertained
for hours by the smallest
things. We?ve all seen our
cats transfixed by small
dust particles floating in
the sunlight, or watching
the birds outside through
the window.
We could all take time to
sit and appreciate the small
but beautiful things in life
? a glowing beam of sunlight,
a falling snowflake, fresh-cut
flowers, or the beautiful blue
sky. Why not?
We all need me-time
to relax and catch up
on sleep.
On a similar thread, how
many of us can admit to
doing something we don?t
really want to, just to keep the
peace? Covering someone?s
shift at work, going to an
? Stare it out ? there are few things as unnerving as the long,
unblinking stare of a cat, especially when he continues to stare long
after you?ve broken eye contact. It?s
t s probably not a good idea to sit
and stare at someone for long periods
riods as cats
do; you may earn yourself a reputation!
ation!
? Mark your territory ? if something
ing belongs to
you, it?s yours. There?s no quibbling
ng about this,
especially if you?re a cat, but as cats
ats mark their
territory either by rubbing their faces
ces against it
or toileting on it, maybe this is one
e to avoid!
? Something annoyed you? Knock
k it over!
The internet is full of amusing videos
eos of cats
knocking objects over with one nonchalant
onchalant
swipe of the paw. However, if someone
eone has
annoyed you in some way, we wouldn?t
uldn?t
recommend knocking their cup off tea to
the floor. Talk it out with them first!
t! ?
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Fiona Cullen
says: ?Iris has
taught me
it?s purrfectly
acceptable
to spend
a whole
day at the
weekend recharging and
keeping cosy ? we?re like
kindred spirits.?
Angela Baines says: ?My
cats have taught me that
everyone is unique: the
skinny, the podgy, the
perfect physique; the fast,
the slow, the impressively
agile; gingers, whites,
tabbies, torties. I love them
all and they love me back.
This relates to all beings, so
please share the love.?
Darling Darlings says:
?My tripod, Coconut, has
taught me to never give up.
He may have lost his leg
but it has never stopped
him achieving anything
? except itching his ear!?
NOT HAPPY? SAY SO!
And some advice from the cat to avoid...
Here?s the life lessons our
friends on Facebook have
learned from their cats...
Try not to stare as
long as cats do!
Laura Hickman says: ?I?m
autistic and find it very hard
to socialise, but my cat
Roxy has brought out the
best in me.?
30/10/2017 11:40
Image: Courtesy of Scottish Wildcat Action.
A young Scottish
wildcat in captivity.
FEATURE
L
A
I
C
SPE
?
Saving the
Scottish wildcat
It?s going to take a lot to save our native wildcats
from extinction, but there?s no shortage of effort.
Sue Parslow takes a look at the achievements of
Scottish Wildcat Action.
W
ildcat species across the
world are endangered for
similar reasons; however,
the Scottish wildcat is
one of the rarest cats in the world and
probably the closest to extinction.
It is the same subspecies of wildcat
as that found in continental Europe,
separated from them since the end of
the last Ice Age, over 8,000 years ago.
Domestic cats originate from Near
Eastern (African) wildcats and have been
through a process of domestication,
which means they have a quite separate
evolutionary history to Scottish wildcats
and behave very differently.
Looking like a large tabby cat with a full
tail with black stripes, a Scottish wildcat
weighs up to 8kg and, at around 98cm
in length, is quite a bit bigger than
a domestic feline. They prefer to live alone
but will come together for a short period
for breeding, usually then giving birth to
around two to three kittens, which the
mother will protect fiercely.
Scottish Wildcat Action?s mission is to
restore Scottish wildcats to their natural
home in the Highlands. This winter, it
wants to mobilise a push to help increase
the impact of its campaign.
Launched in 2013, the Scottish Wildcat
Action project has a strong partnership
with a wide variety of linked and diverse
organisations, including the Forestry
Commission Scotland and Scottish
Wildlife Trust, all focused on making
a difference to our only native cat?s future.
Supported and funded by the Scottish
Government and the Heritage Lottery
Fund, the organisation is more than
halfway through its national conservation
plan. The future is certainly looking
brighter for the Scottish wildcat, but
there?s still a lot to be done.
The project has three key aims:
? To work with local people on reducing
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the risks of hybridisation, disease, and
accidental persecution in five wildcat
priority areas.
? To breed wildcats for later release
to bolster the population, through
a conservation breeding programme.
? To gather extensive data to help
improve understanding of this
elusive creature.
BACK TO THE WILD
The challenge for the organisation is
to restore populations of the Scottish
wildcat to the Highlands by 2020. The five
areas they are focusing on are Morvern,
Strathpeffer, Strathbogie, Northern
Strathspey, and the Angus Glens. Staff and
volunteers are working with local residents
and land managers in these areas to
raise awareness. They run extensive trap,
neuter, vaccinate, and release programmes
(TNVR), which involve humanely trapping
feral cats and obvious hybrids, neutering
and vaccinating them, before re-releasing.
The significance of this is that it greatly
increases the chances of true Scottish
wildcats breeding only with other
wildcats. So far, well over 100 cats have
been caught.
At this time of year, the TNVR
programme really comes into its own,
as the cats are said to be very active,
hungry, and searching for food,
as there?s less prey available
A wildcat captured
during the winter months. The
on ?lm at night on an
males also begin to think about
infra-red trail camera
looking for a mate, ahead
in Strathbogie.
of the start of the breeding
season in the new year.
Dr Campbell explains that
interbreeding between the Scottish
wildcats and feral cats ? known as
hybridisation ? is one of the key factors
in the wildcat?s decline. The fact there
are so many lookalikes is also why
experts struggle to estimate how many
true wildcats exist. To counteract this
hybridisation, local cat lovers have been
encouraged to get their own pets or
farm cats neutered, vaccinated, and
microchipped. The Scottish Wildcat
Action website even has a ?Mogshots?
gallery, so that owners can identify any
cat photographed by a trail camera in one
of the sensitive areas.
Although the programme is already
making great waves, Dr Campbell
believes it will need to continue beyond
2020: ?We are halfway through,? he says.
?My feeling is that we are just getting
our teeth into it. All our work would
come to naught if cats continue to
breed indiscriminately.?
BREEDING FOR RELEASE
Scottish Wildcat Action is also part of
a comprehensive breeding for release
programme, led by the Royal Zoological
Society of Scotland (RZSS) based at the
Highland Wildlife Park in Inverness-shire.
?
Experts can only really make an
educated guess about how many true
Scottish wildcats are at large in Scotland.
Over many years, this elusive feline has
been the victim of habitat loss, disease,
road vehicles, and even persecution. With
habitat change has come encounters
with domestic and feral cats and thus
hybridisation, weakening the gene pool.
Dr Roo Campbell, project manager
for the priority areas programme of
Scottish Wildcat Action, is committed
to bringing the wildcat back. For now
though, the focus is still on working out
just how many true wildcats there are
out there. ?The bottom end of 250 is our
approximate estimate,? he explains.
?It?s difficult to know. We are still looking
for wildcats.?
One of the key milestones in this
campaign came in January last year when
300 trail cameras went live, marking the
beginning of the largest ever survey of
Scottish wildcats. It resulted in 19 new
cats being found.
Dr Roo Campbell and
William the wildcat at
the launch of the Scottish
Wildcat Action website.
One of the trail cams
used to identify
wandering cats.
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Image: Courtesy of Scottish Wildcat Action.
Image: RZSS, Si鈔 Addison.
RZSS Highland Wildlife
Park has been very
successful in breeding
Scottish wildcats.
A captive adult
Scottish wildcat.
Three kittens were born here in 2015, two
or traffic, and it will help prepare their
litters in 2016, and three kittens this year
offspring for future release into the wild.
? making 20 kittens born and reared here
Cat conservation project officer, David
in the last four years.
Barclay, explains: ?We have constructed
When the birth of this year?s kittens
the first off-exhibit conservation breeding
was announced in the summer, Douglas
and pre-release training enclosures.
Richardson, head of living collections at
These will be used, as we get closer to
the park, said: ?The three female kittens
reintroductions, for further breeding and
are another important addition to the
specific training and management, where
captive population. Fathered by
wildcats will further develop the natural
wild-born dad Zak, who came to us
behaviours, and mental and physical
as an abandoned kitten in 2012, they
fitness needed for survival in the wild.
possess genes that are valuable to
?As we are seeing from much
the population and will allow
of the research and data
new breeding pairs to be
collected through historical
established in the future.?
and recent wildcat fieldwork,
In addition, the team
coordinated by Scottish
at RZSS has established
Wildcat Action, the situation
a WildGenes laboratory,
for wildcats in Scotland is
The Scottish wildcat
which is developing
absolutely
critical.
is rarer than the
a unique molecular
?In addition to continuing
Bengal tiger.
studbook for the species,
efforts across priority areas
using genetic data from over
? where threat reduction,
70 breeding wildcats in captivity.
research, and education campaigns
This will help to ensure that the best
are taking place ? we will continue to
possible matches are made to create a
build the captive population, so it can
genetically diverse population of wildcats.
serve as yet another conservation tool
RZSS staff are working closely with
available to Scottish Wildcat Action.
land managers and communities across
?With little evidence of sustainable
Scotland to find a small number of
populations of wildcats and the
wild-caught Scottish wildcats that will
ever-present threat of hybridisation,
be suitable to act as the foundation for
conservation breeding for reintroduction
a viable captive population. These cats
may be one of few recovery options
will initially be housed in large natural
available. Scottish Wildcat Action has
enclosures at the park, away from public
an array of conservation techniques and
view. Being ?off-show? will ensure the cats
tools that are providing the best home for
do not become accustomed to people
the species in Scotland.? ?
Did you
know?
Dr Campbell monitors
the wildcats through
trail cams.
HOW YOUR CAT READERS
CAN GET INVOLVED
? Check out Scottish Wildcat Action?s
informative and interactive website at
www.scottishwildcataction.org or find
them on Facebook.
? Adopt a Scottish wildcat ? visit
the website for the various different
options available.
? Donate online ? your money will
be used to vaccinate and neuter feral
cats, and provide food and shelter for
breeding pairs, among many other
things. Currently, funds are needed for
more trail cameras.
? See the captive Scottish wildcats
at Highland Wildlife Park in Kincraig,
Kingussie, near Aviemore, as well as at
Chester Zoo, Edinburgh Zoo, and Port
Lympne in Kent.
? If you live in one of the five focus
regions in Scotland, you may be
able to get involved by helping the
charity in practical ways ? for
example, you could spot cats, helping
to identify wildcats, feral cats, and
wildcat hybrids.
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CAT CHAT
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Star
letter!
Your Cat Magazine said:
?We want to see
your cats enjoying the
festive season!?
Chilling on the cat shelf.
? Linda Honeywill: ?Cassie
loves our tree and spends
most of Christmas sitting
underneath it.?
? Joanne Housencroft:
?Muffin?s first Christmas.?
I have been a reader of Your
Cat Magazine for many years
now, and wanted to thank you
for regularly including articles
about indoor cats ? I often
pick up good ideas from them.
I adopted two tabby sisters,
Chumbly and Asia, from
a rehoming centre five years
ago. After talking to our
neighbours about their bad
experiences, and how their
cats had been poisoned and
attacked, I made up my mind
to have cats who would be
happy living in an indoor
environment. I tried to ?catify?
my house as much as possible,
including shelves for them to
sleep and play on. My family
and my partner, Alan, thought
I was mad, saying the cats
should just be able to look after
themselves outside.
The two cats we adopted
were quite young, and I was
soon able to get them happily
walking on harnesses. After
a bit of persuasion, Alan built
an outdoor enclosure, complete
The outdoor
cat run.
with climbing frames, and has
now just finished an extension
run, so the cats can see over
the bottom of the garden and
have more exercise climbing.
I have peace of mind
that they are safe, but not
at the expense of their
well-being. It seems to be
a good compromise and I have
found that the harness-walking
has made me closer to them.
Mary Bailey, Kettering,
Northamptonshire.
? @coolshah: ?Perry loves
lounging in a beanbag. It?s
now his beanbag.?
Chumbly on
his harness.
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CAT CHAT
Greetings from Down Under!
I?ve just been given a copy of your wonderful magazine.
I didn?t know you existed until now!
I love cats ? my friends call me the crazy cat woman.
I only have one cat, Emily, and she is my best friend. I don?t
have very good health, and my little mate knows when
I don?t feel too good.
You have an absolutely marvellous magazine.
Wendy Taylor, Lara, Victoria, Australia.
Angelique has found
a cosy seat on Mr Spock!
Emily.
family
When is a The
stray not is complete
a stray?
I lost my lovely
cat two weeks ago.
We moved to a new
area, and I kept her
indoors for eight
days, but then she
got out.
Although she is
microchipped, I feel
she?s been taken
in by someone
who thinks they
are doing the right
thing, and who
doesn?t realise
the distress this is
causing to someone
who loves her
very much.
Please, please,
if you find a cat or
dog, don?t assume
he is a stray!
M. Jones,
Guildford, Surrey.
After you published the photos of my
new Sphynx kitten, Mr Spock (Cat Chat,
April issue), I thought you would like to
see him with his half-sister, Angelique.
When I?m not having fun with my
?kidz? (two Sphynx cats and two
tabbies), I am a poet and have written
pieces for Her Majesty Queen
Elizabeth II. I?m an American lady,
originally from the city of Atlanta,
Georgia. I am 63 years old.
Cynthia Keaton Tennant, Stafford.
Life-saving vets
Charlie is an affectionate puss and loves
visitors. Two years ago, he became very
poorly, due to not being able to urinate.
He was in and out of the vet?s, trying
different treatments.
On Valentine?s night, he was rushed to
the emergency vet, where a catheter was
Charlie after
his surgery.
inserted and he was given treatment to
make him more comfortable. A couple of
days later, our wonderful vets gave him
the life-saving surgery he needed, and
we still have our precious boy.
We would like to say a very big thank
you to all the staff at Spring Corner
Veterinary Centre in Bournemouth, who
were the very best. The veterinary nurses
All recovered.
even took Charlie home to keep an
eye on him. He became their mascot
in reception, and the nurses made
a big fuss of him before their shifts;
they were fabulous. Eventually, he came
home permanently.
We will never forget what they did for
our Charlie.
Karen Goodfellow, Bournemouth, Dorset.
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Crazy for cones
Penny gets
stuck in.
I recently read in one of your
magazines about making
a scratch post from a traffic
cone (June issue). I thought
you might like to see another
idea that I made for my cat,
Penny, who is sadly no longer
with us.
As you can see, I used
this cone for treats. I put the
yoghurt pots at different
angles, so that she would
not find it too easy to get
The more,
the merrier!
From top: Lilo,
Simba, and Rosie.
After reading your article, ?The
more, the merrier??, about
multi-cat homes in the
September issue, I wanted to
share a photo of my three cats,
to show you it can be great with
more than one cat.
I have had Lilo (tortie) since
she was a kitten (she?s now
three); Rosie (black and white)
since she was one (now three);
and Simba (orange) since he
was one (now three).
They all love to cuddle up
with me on the sofa or in bed.
I wouldn?t be without them all
now, and would recommend
a multi-cat house!
Laura Green, Rotherham,
South Yorkshire.
Phoebe.
Tigsy enjoying
a nap.
RIP Tigsy
Our sweet
little P
the treats out. It kept her
occupied for ages. The bolts
keeping the yoghurt pots in
place were secured on the
inside of the cone, so as not to
cause any injury to the cat.
While I was volunteering at
Cats Protection in Cornwall,
one of the staff gave me this
cone to make something for
my cat. She had cat flu at the
time and had to stay indoors,
so this was a good diversion
for her. Here is a photo of her
having a lovely time.
Phillipa Williams, via email.
In the September 2016 issue
of Your Cat Magazine, you
kindly featured 24-year-old
Tigsy as the Golden Oldie of
the Month. Sadly, we have
to report that in late June
2017, following increasing
problems walking, he had
a seizure, and had to be put
to sleep at our long-standing
and wonderfully kind and
From the
September
Fame.
Fam
e.
2016 issue.
caring Blenheim Veterinary
Centre in Ashbourne,
Derbyshire.
As he is the last of several
other ginger cats we have
buried in our garden,
surrounding a heart-shaped
memorial, this can now
be completed with some
thoughtful planting.
Melita Humphries, Derby.
The memorial.
This is our much-loved
rescue cat, Phoebe. It is
virtually six years to the
day since she was adopted
from Cats Protection as
a lively two-year-old. Since
then, she has brought so
much joy, not to mention
the odd mouse, into our
lives. I can?t imagine being
without ?our sweet little P?.
Margaret Brecknell,
Preston, Lancashire.
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CAT CHAT
Festive photobomb!
Every year, I make my Christmas
cards with a photo or drawing
of my now 13-year-old Jack
Russell, Phoebe.
This year, as I have Pandora,
a Devon Rex aged eight months,
who you featured in September?s
Kitten Gallery, I am going to
use her.
I thought you would like to see
this photo of Pandora creeping
up on Phoebe. I felt a bit mean
leaving her out of things!
Janet Stevenson,
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Pandora and
Phoebe.
Sovereign.
Esme.
Dorothy.
what a poser
I thought I?d send you some
pics of our cats that might
get some laughs! This is
Esme. She?s three years old
on December 25 and is part
Bengal. We think she might
have been a ?lady of the
night? in a previous life ? I?m sure you can see why! We also
have Dorothy (Dorothy Button). She is 10 in a few weeks, and
although she isn?t a complete show-off like Esme, she is
a very, very special little girl, who has, from day one, stolen
my heart.
Michelle Lenoury, via email.
Beautiful
Brits!
I have two very wonderful
British Shorthair black and
white sisters, who I adopted
around five years ago. They
both have adorable markings;
Poppy Gee (the baby of the
family) has loads of tiny dots on
her paws.
They both love to pose for
photos and to sleep in unusual
ways, which makes for some great
pics. Queen Elizabeth (aka Liddy
Biddy) loves to sprawl out on her
favourite blanket.
Sarah Hussein, Enfield,
Greater London.
one giant leap
I was reading your article, ?One
small step for cat? (October
issue). I have trained both
of my cats to go into the
Bluebell.
Liddy.
Poppy.
garden, although they are
two extremes.
Casper is out hunting daily
and Bluebell will barely go
out of the door without me.
They both have routines,
which means Casper comes in
at night, and Bluebell knows
when to pluck up the courage
to go outside. It shows they
have different personalities
and needs.
Here is a photo of Bluebell
in the garden. With time and
patience, I think you can
encourage cats into a routine,
although, as ever, they rule.
Joanne Mawer,
Ulceby, Lincolnshire.
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Over �500
worth of prizes!
Festive
FREEBIES!
To celebrate Christmas, we?ve
got a double dose of giveaways!
For your chance to win prizes, turn to page 74 for the entry
coupon or enter online at www.yourcat.co.uk/giveaways using
the code KTF82KTF. The closing date forr online and postal
entries is December 14, 2017. Please note,
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you can enter online from November 15.
Cross-stitch kits
The ?Happy Crisp Mouse? and ?Sleigh
Belle? cross-stitch kits from the
?Cats Rule? range by Peter Underhill
are purrfect for Christmas crafting.
The kits contain Zweigart fabric,
DMC stranded cottons sorted on to
numbered cards, a needle, and
clear charts and instructions.
We have two kits with
14-count aida fabric to
s.
give away to six readers.
For more information,
visit www.hcrafts.com
or call 01889 575256.
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VetIQ Senior Care contains a concentrated
source of ingredients, specially formulated
to help provide health support for
cats and dogs aged six and above.
It contains chondroitin, glucosamine,
and green-lipped mussel, which
support ageing joints, and nutrients
to help maintain the immune system.
We have a two-pack of senior care
tablets to give away to 19 readers.
For more information, visit www.
markandchappell.com or call
01582 583888.
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keep your cat warm for up to 10 hours ? no need
to leave the central heating on all day! We have 10
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pads and cushions to give away. For more information, visit
www.snugglesafe.co.uk or call 01903 730811.
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Watches
This fashionable and cute adult
watch features the lovable
cartoon cat, Pusheen, on a pink
dial with white polka dots. It
comes with a white faux-leather
strap and a gold-plated stainless
steel case. This timepiece is
exclusive to Watchshop.com, the UK?s
leading online watch retailer. We have 10
Pusheen watches to give away. For
or more
information, visit www.watchshop.com
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or call 0800 024 8794.
10
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Microchip pet door
and feeder bundle
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to win
Packs of supplements
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Feeder. The pet door is
app-controlled, which
allows you to lock and
unlock it from whereverr
you are, to stop feline
intruders getting into
your home. The feeder
recognises your cat?s
microchip, which is
ideal for separating petss
at mealtimes. For more
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Cat collars
Festive feline attire doesn?t come fancier than the lluxury
Chester Cat Collar from Cheshire & Wain. Made from Italian
vegetable-tanned red leather, it features a soft suede lining,
brass hardware, and a secondary breakaway clip for your
cat?s safety. We have four collars to give away, which will
all be beautifully gift-wrapped before sending. For more
information, visit www.cheshireandwain.com
2
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Activity sets
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to win
All of Catit?s products are designed to stimulate a cat?s
sense of sight, touch, and hearing, while providing hours of
entertainment for your pet. We are giving two lucky readers
the chance to win an ultimate bundle of Catit?s best-selling
products, so your cats have everything they need for endless
relaxation and entertainment. For more information, visit
www.catit.com or call 01977 521032.
Cat beds
The Cat Bed Box from Tigga Towers has four removable plastic rods, which
hold it upright and allow it to bounce back when cats try to climb on top
of it. The super-soft filling makes the bed a super-cosy place for your
cat to curl up in. With the rods removed, it will collapse down, making it
really easy to wash. We have four Cat Bed Boxes to give away. For more
information, visit www.tiggatowers.com or call 01932 346788.
4
to win
Big cat feeding experience
Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire is giving one lucky
reader the chance to win a Big Cat Breakfast VIP Experience
for up to six people. Participants will be taken by Land
Rover to the lions? house, have the chance to feed them
their breakfasts, and then assist with releasing them into
their open parkland reserve. The prize includes a one-hour
experience with an experienced ranger, entry to the park,
and a guidebook for each participant. For more information,
visit www.woburnsafari.co.uk or call 01525 290407.
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Three months?
supply of cat food
IAMS Proactive Health cat food
contains plenty of high-quality
protein to promote strong
muscles, healthy skin, and a shiny
coat. It provides tailored nutrition
that is mouth-wateringly tasty,
leaving cats purring for more. We
have three months? supply (four
bags) of IAMS Proactive Health
to give away to seven readers,
in a choice of kitten, adult,
and senior varieties. For more
information, visit www.iams.co.uk
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Workin
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Cats on
campus
At most universities, the dean is in
charge, but not at the ones where
on-campus cats rule the roost!
L
ately, it seems not
a week goes by
without another
university kitty
getting his time in the
spotlight, and the number of
cats living on campus seems
to be on the rise. Who can
blame them? With their pick
of warm, cosy rooms and
hundreds of adoring fans
ready to make a fuss of them,
university life would be heaven
for the majority of cats.
Professor Daniel Mills,
world-renowned feline
behaviourist from the
University of Lincoln, says:
?It might have something to
do with leftover takeaways!
As for their popularity, we
know a lot of animals make
people feel better.?
Some university cats have
even been given ?jobs?. The
University of Southampton?s
late resident cat, Susu, was
Pebbles even has
his own NUS card.
voted honorary president
of its student union (SU) in
2016, to commemorate her
?outstanding contribution to
the union, by helping to enrich
the lives of students?.
Susu passed away in
October, and the university?s
president, Flora Noble, paid
tribute to the much-loved
puss: ?Susu brought love
and cuddles to the lives of
Southampton students for
fifteen years, and she will
be sorely missed by staff
and students alike. She
was a true figurehead of the
union and will always remain
in our hearts.?
PART OF
THE FURNITURE
Ten-year-old Pebbles is
the official mascot of the
University of Essex?s student
union and has legions of fans
who seek him out every day
? and he shows no signs
of retiring.
The black and white
ex-pet used to live nearby and
would spend all his time on
campus. His owner saw he was
clearly happy at the university,
so he was formally adopted by
the SU and presented with his
very own registration, library,
and NUS card.
The SU?s chief executive,
Craig Stephens, says:
?Pebbles has one or
two favourite places
where we?ll most
likely find him. He
likes to hide in our main
teaching centre on a high
shelf, where it?s nice and cosy,
and the heat rises, or on one of
the sofas on the ground floor.?
Students heading to
lectures can often find Pebbles
making himself at home on
a chair in the theatre, and
he also seems to single out
certain professors? chairs in
their offices. His Facebook
page (@EssexCampusCat)
now has over 7,000 followers,
and his Twitter over 2,000.
Pebbles has become so well
loved at the university, his face
has appeared on promotional
posters and even his own
brand of merchandise,
including frisbees, mugs,
and notebooks.
Another much-loved
campus kitty is Dennis,
who spends his days at the
University of Buckingham.
A Facebook group named
?The Adventures of Dennis
the Cat? now has nearly
500 followers.
The fluffy black boy has
lived around the corner from
the university for six years with
his owners, Sophie and Neil
Barlow, who are now collating
a book about Dennis, bringing
together pictures from the
group and stories from his fan
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club at the university.
Becky Lang, one of the
managers of domestic
services at the university, says:
?Whenever I come over to
the reception, the first thing
I look for is Dennis; he?s often
sitting on my chair. He will
go anywhere on campus.
A student told us that he went
for a shower and, when he
came back, Dennis was asleep
on his bed!?
Dennis has even won over
the university?s vice chancellor,
Sir Anthony Seldon, who says:
?He is as much a part of the
university as the students
and staff. He attends lectures,
greets visitors, and even sits
in my in-tray, pawing over the
day?s newspapers.
?Research has shown
that petting cats and dogs
can help relieve stress.
I am thinking of making him
professor of feline studies.?
When Dennis fell ill recently,
his Facebook group helped
pay his vet?s bills and sent
Dennis a ?get well soon? card.
FELINE AMBASSADORS
North of the border, not one
but two cats at the University
of Edinburgh?s main library
have captured the attention of
students, staff, and fans alike.
Black and white Jordan first
decided to live in the Catholic
Chaplaincy across the square,
but he eventually relocated
to the university?s library,
where, in 2013, he met English
literature PhD student and
teacher Alex Howard.
Alex says: ?Jordan seemed
to be quietly graceful, but
very aloof. His haughty nature
piqued my attention and
I started to wonder what
he might be thinking. He
Pebbles has appeared on
promotional posters.
did leave the chaplaincy
to seek out a life among
books ? could he be
a ?thinking? cat??
Alex set up a Facebook
page (@edinlibrarycat) for
Jordan, which now has over
18,000 followers. He was
inundated with students?
photos of ?Library Cat?, as
Jordan was now known, and
eventually published the book,
?Library Cat: The Observations
of a Thinking Cat?.
However, the day the book
went to print, Library Cat went
missing and is yet to return.
A few days later, however,
another mysterious moggy
appeared in the library.
This cat, a ginger and white
female, seems to prefer
spending time in the maths
sections, the adjacent business
school, and even a nearby
accountancy office.
Alex adds: ?I figured this
new library cat ? ?Library
Cat 2.0? ? must be of a more
mathematical persuasion,
unlike her predecessor, so the
Facebook page now continues
to grow, detailing the thoughts
of the cheekier, geekier Library
Cat 2.0.?
Library Cat 2.0 can
sometimes be found in the
anthropology or statistics
buildings, where she likes to
snuggle up on students? laps
during lectures. She also likes
to visit the nearby student
accommodation for food and
more fuss. ?
The University of
Edinburgh?s Library
Cat (Jordan).
Susu was honorary
president of Southampton?s
student union.
Dennis, the University
of Buckingham?s
resident cat.
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SIX PAGES OF FESTIVE TIPS, GIFT IDEAS, AND MORE!
Christmas wouldn?t be the
same without your cat!
C
Christmas
all wrapped up
hristmas wouldn?t be the same
without our four-legged family
members, so it?s important to
make sure that they enjoy the
festive season too.
From decorations, cards, and
calendars, to the best New Year?s
resolutions for you and your kitty,
as well as gift ideas for him, for
her, and for the cat, you?re sure to
find everything you need in this
month?s guide for a cat lover?s
dream Christmas.
Tie your apron strings and get
ready to bake your cat a Christmas
treat he won?t forget, with our
recipe for catnip-infused biscuits
? and don?t miss our tips to help
your cat feel comfortable over the
busy Christmas period.
So, without further ado, grab your
kitty and snuggle down for some
fantastic ideas ? Christmas has
officially landed!
Six pages of everything you need to have
a truly cat-friendly Christmas.
Christmas gift guide
FOR THE CA
CAT
'Tis the season to treat
your favourite feline!
Your cat can chow down in
style with this personalised
water bowl and treat dish
(� each). Available from
Gilbert and Stone Ceramics
at www.notonthehighstreet.
com or call 020 3318 5115.
Your cat will love this leopard print bed
(�.99). Available from www.bluecross-shop.
co.uk or call 0844 922 0100.
Spoil your cat with this Cupid & Comet cat
toy (� and give something back to cats in
need. Available from www.battersea.org.uk/
shop or call 020 7627 9228.
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decoration (�).
Available from
missshellydesigns.com or
call 07779 908237.
Personalised wooden
decoration (�.
Available from www.
creategiftlove.co.uk or
call 01425 482944.
Personalised bone
china bauble (�99).
Available from www.
gettingpersonal.co.uk or call
0330 333 4220.
Personalised wooden
cat bauble (�99).
Available from www.
elsieand?eur.co.uk
o.uk or call
01278 440500.
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Personalised wooden
cat snow?ake
decoration from
EdgeInspired (�75)
Available from www.
notonthehighstreet.com or
call 020 3318 5115.
5
Personalised decoration
in kitten (�45) or
adult size (�45). Available
from www.sophiavictoriajoy.
com or call 01730 829115.
6
Set of three Christmas
tree decorations
(�95). Available from
www.pdsa-shop.co.uk or
call 0844 922 3626.
7
This personalised cat treat
bauble comes in a personalised
bag (�.50). Available from
www.cot2tot.co.uk or call
07477 787333.
This limited-edition
black and white catnip
cat (�95) is great for
cuddling! Available
from tiggatowers.
com or call
01932 481524.
This Gift Box for Cats (�99) contains
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a selection of treats and toys, and is the
perfect stocking ?ller for a pampered
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SIX PAGES OF FESTIVE TIPS, GIFT IDEAS, AND MORE!
When a
stranger
calls
Read our top tips on helping your
kitty cope with a busier household
this Christmas.
T
he festive season is
a wonderful time, but
the hustle and bustle
of new people coming
and going can be unsettling
for cats.
Blue Cross animal
behaviourist Claire Stallard
says: ?Christmas can be
a stressful time of year for
cats. Excessive cleaning,
Christmas decorations, and
moving furniture about can
really alter the familiar scent
profile of your home, which
can be very unsettling.?
However, there are a few
things you can do to keep
your cat calm this Christmas.
Read on for some ideas!
TRY A PLUG-IN
To promote feline harmony
throughout the festive
season, try plugging in
a feline pheromone diffuser
a few days before festivities
begin, to create a reassuring
environment for your cat.
CREATE A SANCTUARY
When a cat becomes
overwhelmed, he will
often remove himself from
a situation and retreat to his
safe place, so you should
make sure he has a clear
escape route at all times.
Cats Protection?s behaviour
manager Nicky Trevorrow
says: ?Provide your cat with
Your cat will need
access to hidey-holes.
a ?sanctuary room? away from
all the action, which should
contain all of your cat?s
important resources, including
hiding places and elevated
vantage points.?
ADVISE YOUR GUESTS
Guests who have never met
your cat before ? or rarely
visit ? may want to make
a beeline for him and give
him some fuss, which can be
intimidating for a nervous cat.
Chat to your guests about
your cat?s personality, and if
he finds visitors difficult to
handle, make sure they know
to allow him to retreat in
peace to his sanctuary room.
If your cat approaches
visitors gingerly, they can try
to offer him a treat to help
him associate them with
positive things.
DON?T OVERFEED HIM
Obviously, you and your
guests will want to make
a fuss of your cat during
the festive period, but it?s
important that he doesn?t have
too many titbits, which could
upset his stomach and cause
him to become overweight.
NO FIREWORKS!
Setting off fireworks might
seem like a fun way to
celebrate, but many cats are
scared of the crashes and
flashes. If your neighbours will
be letting off fireworks, make
sure your cat has access to
his safe place throughout and
let him hide for as long as he
needs to.
Christmas gift guide
FOR HER
These gifts are sure to appeal to all
female cat lovers!
You can?t go wrong with a new
handbag, and this Crescent Cat
Bag (�) also has a matching
Cat Purse (�)! Available
from www.cathkidston.com
or call 0333 320 2663.
Keep those tootsies warm with
these adorable cat design slippers
(�50). Available from www.pdsa.org.
uk/xmasshop or call 0844 922 3626.
This beautiful cat
silhouette jewellery
y set
(�.98) makes a lovely
ovely
gift. Available from
m www.
bluecross-shop.co.uk
uk
k or
call 0844 922 0100.
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Get organised for
2018!
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1. Cat calendar (�99).
Available from www.
catsprotectionshop.
co.uk or call 0844
324 8523.
2. Illustrated diary
(�. Available from
www.battersea.org.
uk/shop or call 020
7627 9228.
3
5
3. Cats and kittens
slim calendar (�99).
Available from www.
pdsa.org.uk/xmasshop
or call 0844 922 3626.
4. Simon?s Cat
stationery (prices start
from �99). Available
from simonscat.com or
call 01225 819100.
5. Cat wall calendar
(�). Available from
www.notonthehigh
street.com or call 020
3318 5115.
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?FELIX THE RAILWAY CAT?
BY KATE MOORE
Senior pest controller at
Huddersfield railway station,
Felix has changed many
people?s lives, from bringing
a boy with autism out of his
shell, to providing comfort to
a runaway child shivering on
the platform one night.
Price: �99.
Top tip!
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We love this witty slant on
what our cats really think! If
our cats could speak, would
they shower us with praise
for providing a loving home?
Unlikely! Mungo, a neutered
tomcat, provides a witty
cat?s-eye view of life.
Price: �99.
?DOORKINS THE CATHEDRAL
CAT? BY LISA GUTWEIN
This delightful story follows
an exciting week in the life
of Doorkins, resident cat at
Southwark Cathedral. With
gorgeous illustrations, this
fun-filled book will entertain
any cathedral visitor,
congregation member,
or cat lover.
Price: �.99.
?THE TRAINABLE
CAT? BY JOHN
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SARAH ELLIS
Cat experts and regular Your
Cat contributors, Sarah and
John, inspire us to become
more in tune with our cats
with this intriguing
step-by-step guide to training.
Price: �99.
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SIX PAGES OF FESTIVE TIPS, GIFT IDEAS, AND MORE!
New year,
new start
Here?s how you and your furry friend
can make 2018 your best year yet...
CUT BACK ON
THE TREATS
WORK HARD,
PLAY HARD
Have you overindulged during
the festive period? Has your
cat had a few extra snacks
too? There?s nothing wrong
with treating yourself at
Christmas, but why not try
to eat healthier, homemade
treats? This can apply to your
cat as well ? you can find
tasty recipes for healthy cat
treats at www.yourcat.co.uk/
cat-craft/homemade-treats
Most of us lead incredibly
busy lives, so it?s essential
to take time to relax and do
things you enjoy ? make room
for your cats in your new
me-time regime. Buying
your cat a little treat every
now and then, or having
a quiet night in curled up on
the sofa every week, can make
the world of difference ? any
excuse to snuggle up with
your purring cats!
EXERCISE MORE
Most of us will admit to
needing more exercise, so
why not make 2018 your most
active year yet? Games of
chase can take place all over
your house.
If your cat is an outdoor
cat, you could even add some
new elements to your garden,
such as a new tree or a small
stepladder, to keep him well
exercised and stimulated.
HELP CATS IN NEED
Start 2018 as you
mean to go on!
GET CRAFTY
This Christmas, Cats
Protection is asking for
donations of knitted blankets
or toy mice to make cats in
care a little more comfortable.
Crafters can use their own
designs to make blankets
and mice, or follow a pattern
for the Captain Cat-Battler
knitted mouse. Find the
pattern at www.whodunnknit.
com or call 03000 121212.
GET A HEALTH MOT
It?s always a good idea to
make sure your body is in
Take your cat for
a health MOT.
If you don?t already, 2018
could be the year you give
back to cats in need. There are
so many ways to make
a difference ? volunteering
at your local cat shelter,
signing up to donate a few
pounds each month, or even
something as simple as
donating cat food or knitting
some toys!
Christmas gift guide
FOR HIM
tip-top condition, and your
cat is no exception. It?s worth
taking him for a full body
check-up to make sure
he?s a healthy weight, his
teeth are in good order,
and he?s up to date with
his vaccinations.
Your vet can do this,
or visit Wood Green, The
Animals Charity, as it holds
regular cat MOT events at
its Godmanchester centre
in Cambridgeshire. Call
0300 303 9333 or email
community@woodgreen.
org.uk to find out more.
Cat dads will love these
gifts for men!
Every cat dad needs
a ?Cat?s Father? mug
(�.95). Available from
kellyconnordesigns.com or
call 07783 273697.
Brighten up a shirt
with these pet
paw-print cuf?inks (�5).
Available from www.
buttonandbean.co.uk or
call 0845 519 2787.
Socks are a standard Christmas gift,
so why not mix things up with these
personalised socks from your cat
(�)? Available from solesmith.
co.uk or call 01283 542875.
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Make your own Christmassy
CATNIP BISCUITS!
Signed, sealed,
and delivered
These catty Christmas cards are sure
to bring a smile to the faces of your
nearest and dearest.
Try your hand at some Christmas crafting, with this simple
recipe for delicious, catnip-infused biscuits!
INGREDIENTS
DIRECTIONS
? 200g white or
wheat flour.
? 1 � tsp catnip.
? 45g powdered milk.
? 120ml milk.
? 2 tbsp butter, softened.
? 1 tbsp honey.
? 1 egg.
? Rolling pin.
? Small Christmas tree
cookie cutter.
? Baking sheet.
1.
Nutritionist Libby
Sheridan recommends
that these biscuits are
kept as occasional treats,
and should be fed
as part of a healthy,
well-balanced diet for
your cat. She advises:
?Treats should not
make up more than 10
per cent of your cat?s
overall daily calorie
intake to keep him at
a healthy weight.?
Top tip!
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
Preheat oven to 180
degrees C.
Mix the catnip, flour,
and powdered milk in
a bowl.
Add the milk, butter,
honey, and egg, and
combine to form
a dough.
When the dough has
been mixed, roll it out
to around 1cm thick
(add some extra flour
if needed).
Use the cookie cutter
to cut out the biscuits
and place them on
a baking sheet.
Bake for 18 ? 20 minutes.
Remove from the
oven and transfer to
a cooling rack.
Once cool, your cat
can have a taste! Store
the biscuits in an
airtight container.
Long Hair Cat Christmas card
(�25). Available from www.
thelittledog.co.uk or call
01332 290605.
Christmas Ragdoll
cat card (�45).
Available from
www.notonthe
highstreet.com
hig
or
call 020 3318 5115.
Cat Christmas cards (�for
10). Available from www.
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020 8206 5870.
?Happy Christmas
from your
cat? card
(�50). Available
from www.
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?Merry Christmas
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organic T-shirt (�).
Available from www.
jollyclothing.com or call
01600 800111.
?Tree
?Tre of cats? (�25
for
fo 10). Available
from www.
catsprotectionshop.
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co.uk or call
0844
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08
Cativity Scene
card (�50)
from www.
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co.uk or call
07974 705981.
?Wish upon a star?
card (�50 for 10).
Available from
www.catsprotection
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0844 324 8523.
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?
real life
never had her own litter, she
was being very motherly
towards April; it was lovely,?
recalls Sophie.
APRIL?S PROTECTOR
To this day, if April has
a tantrum, both cats will rub
against her legs until she
April Sawyer owes her
life to one of her beloved
cats. Rachel Armitage
?nds out more.
calms down and starts playing
with them instead.
?I?d heard about kids and
animals having special bonds,
but I never expected it with
us,? remarks Sophie. ?We were
so worried the cats would
reject us when April came
along, but they have both
?I don?t want to
think about what
could have happened
if it wasn?t
for Pixie.?
been amazing and we couldn?t
have wished for better.?
Neither Sophie nor Mike
knew exactly how valuable
Pixie would be to them until
one night in March this year.
The family had just moved
to a new house in Wiltshire,
so the cats were being kept
, PA Wire.
April loves playing
with the cats.
Pixie alerted her
owners to danger.
Image: Geoff Caddick
W
hen Sophie Hellyer
and her partner Mike
Sawyer adopted
a pair of cats in 2011,
they had no idea of the impact
the female of the duo would
have on their lives.
Pixie and her companion,
Simba, both aged six, came to
live with the couple after they
were adopted from Sophie?s
friend. Sophie says: ?They
settled in absolutely fine and
they were still kittens, so they
were very playful. Now that
they?re adults, they tend to
ignore each other ? they
tolerate each other more
than anything!?
Sophie admits she was
worried that the birth of
daughter April in August
2015 might upset the cats,
especially as Pixie enjoyed
hanging out in the spare
room, which was now the new
baby?s nursery. But both cats
adapted to the new arrival
with no problems ? to the
extent that when Sophie got
up with April for night feeds,
Pixie would accompany her.
?I think, because we got
Pixie neutered and she
Pixie saved little
April?s life.
?My cat
saved my
daughter?s
life!?
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Image: Geoff Caddick, PA Wire.
April and mum
Sophie with Pixie.
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A FELINE HERO
The shaken parents relayed
the story of Pixie?s heroism to
their friends and family. One
of Sophie?s hairdressing clients
told her she had heard that
Cats Protection was looking
for applicants for its National
Cat Awards, commemorating
cats who had gone the extra
mile for their owners.
Sophie decided to enter
Pixie into the ?Hero Cat?
category, which recognises
cats who have saved the day.
The family were amazed when
Pixie was announced as one of
the three finalists.
Sophie says: ?I was so
pleased when Pixie was
selected. I never thought we?d
get through, so to have been
announced as the winner
was amazing. It was a lovely
experience and we were really
well looked after.
?April loved the attention
at the National Cat Awards.
She was getting a bit restless
towards the end, but as soon
as we were called up on
stage, she was all smiles for
the crowd and she loved all
the applause!?
Sophie, Mike, and April were
presented with the award for
?Hero Cat? by TV presenter
Stephen Dixon.
Now back at home, Sophie
says April and her feline
companions get along just
fine, and, even though the
cats are less playful and not so
keen on being chased by the
exuberant toddler, they aren?t
averse to cuddles either.
She adds: ?Simba is more
of an outdoor cat, but April
always tries to play with them.
She always calls to Pixie to
follow her and gets so excited
when she does!? ?
Protection.
April was absolutely fine after
her ordeal. Pixie calmed down
as soon as April recovered.
?We couldn?t believe what
had just happened. We stayed
up for an hour with April
to make sure she was OK,
and kept giving her water,?
continues Sophie. ?I didn?t
sleep at all that night though!
I don?t want to think about
what could have happened
if it wasn?t for Pixie. I was in
complete shock and it took
me a few days to get over it.?
Mike and Sophie
with daughter April,
and TV presenter
Stephen Dixon.
Image: Charlotte Fielding, Cats
indoors to get them used to
their surroundings. Sophie
mentioned to Mike that they
hadn?t seen Simba for 24
hours, not thinking anything of
it at the time.
The family went to bed as
usual, but in the early hours
of the morning, Sophie was
woken up by Pixie running up
and down the hallway outside
their bedroom.
?She was running around
in circles outside April?s door,
and kept jumping up at me.
My first thought was that
Simba might have got shut in
there and she was trying to
get to him, so I opened April?s
door,? explains Sophie.
Pixie ran straight into the
room and tried to jump up to
April?s cot. Sophie switched
on the light and looked over,
only to see April choking and
gasping for breath.
Sophie shouted to Mike to
come to help. They started
patting April on the back,
and thankfully managed to
dislodge some undigested
grapes from her throat, which
she?d eaten at dinner time.
Resilient as toddlers are,
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Younger cats in particular
are at risk during their
explorations.
?
A vet?s view
Occupational
hazards
Vet Dr Bradley
Viner explains
when cats
w
are likely
to need
emergency
emer
care, and what
owners
owner can do
about iit.
he world is
a dangerous place,
and cats face
many potentially
life-threatening accidents,
especially as they are so
intent on exploring their
environments. There can be
no doubt, though, that of all
the ?occupational hazards?
cats face, road vehicles are
public enemy number one.
This month, we?re going
to take a look at some of
the most common injuries
that can affect our feline
companions, and the steps
you should take to deal with
an emergency.
T
WOUNDS
The commonest call for first
aid in a cat is undoubtedly
when he suffers a wound,
particularly as a result of
being bitten by another cat. In
this instance, a relatively small
puncture wound will introduce
bacteria under the skin. Apart
from the pain caused by the
injury itself, an abscess will
often develop over the next
two or three days.
Great care has to be taken
with antiseptics, particularly
VET DR BRADLEY VINER
BVetMed MSc(VetGP) DProf
MRCVS is vice president of the
Royal College of Veterinary
Surgeons and vice president of
International Cat Care. He owns
two cats adopted from Battersea
Dogs & Cats Home, where he is
a trustee.
since cats are sensitive to the
coal tar derivatives that are
found in many of them, and
because anything applied to
the skin of a cat is likely to be
swallowed. The safest thing
to use for bathing any wound
is a solution of one teaspoon
of salt in a pint (500ml)
of warm water. This will
not sting, as it is the same
strength as body fluids.
While painkillers and
antibiotics are not necessary
for every wound, those which
are gaping open may need
suturing, and all should be
monitored closely for signs
of infection, such as
swelling, discharge, or
increasing tenderness.
FRACTURES
Fractures occur most
commonly as a result of
a collision with a vehicle, but
they may also be caused by
other significant injuries, such
as a fall from a height.
Multiple fractures
commonly follow on
from road accidents, and
sometimes the cat dies
from internal bleeding and
shock before the fractures
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CAT CARE
Do not feed an injured
cat, in case his treatment
requires anaesthetic.
THE ABC OF
FIRST AID FOR
UNCONSCIOUS
ANIMALS
A ? Airway: Ensure the cat
is able to breathe. Clear
any fluid or debris from
his mouth, and pull the
tongue forward.
B ? Breathing: If the cat
is not breathing, you can
attempt artificial respiration
by compressing the chest
firmly and briskly with your
hand once every couple of
seconds, to force air out of
the lungs. This may also help
to dislodge any obstruction.
C ? Circulation: Try to stop
serious bleeding by applying
pressure with a bandage
over the wound. If the cat
struggles, you should desist
or it may only serve to
aggravate the haemorrhage
and cause further damage to
sensitive tissues.
themselves can be treated.
Indeed, the repair of broken
bones is rarely urgent, and is
often delayed for a few days
while other injuries to the soft
tissues are stabilised.
The signs of a fracture will
depend very much on where
it is located. The cat will often
show obvious external signs of
injury, such as blood or oil on
his coat or around his mouth.
Some signs are more subtle,
such as the scuffing of nails. If
one of the limbs has a fracture,
the cat will probably be unable
to bear any weight on that leg,
and some external swelling or
deformity may be obvious.
Ignore anything
you may have
read about
It?s always best to
be prepared.
TOP TIPS FOR
DEALING WITH
EMERGENCIES
immobilising fractures with
splints or by other means.
Cats just won?t tolerate it,
and you risk causing more
damage by struggling with the
cat, or getting hurt yourself.
Take steps to prevent the cat
from hurting himself while
he is transported to a vet?s
practice: confine him indoors
while you make the necessary
arrangements, and ensure
he doesn?t eat any food,
as a general anaesthetic may
be required to carry out
any radiographs.
STINGS
These are common in the
warmer months of the year,
and occur most often on the
front paws or on the face.
Unless a sting is inside the
mouth and interferes with
the cat?s breathing in any
way, or the cat has an acute
allergic reaction to the sting,
veterinary attention is not
usually needed.
A generalised allergy
will swiftly cause
swelling to other
areas of the body,
and often laboured
breathing, due to
fluid accummulation
on the lungs. It is
rare in cats, but if
it does occur, it
requires immediate
veterinary
attention.
Otherwise,
stings can simply be bathed
to soothe them, using a
weak solution of vinegar in
the case of wasp stings, and
bicarbonate of soda for bee
stings. For the latter, you
should also check to see if
the sting is still embedded in
the skin, and, if it is, gently try
to remove it with tweezers,
without squeezing the poison
sac at the end of it.
BURNS AND SCALDS
Cats are pretty resistant to the
effects of hot weather, having
evolved from desert-living
animals, and will naturally seek
out shade when they get too
hot. Flat-faced breeds may
have more problems, and the
Sphynx certainly has to be
protected from the sun.
Cats with white ears and
noses may suffer sunburn and
need to be kept indoors when
the sun is strong.
Scalds are uncommon
because the cat?s coat offers
a fair degree of protection,
although in winter, cats often
get their coats singed by
snuggling too close to a fire
or a hot central heating
pipe. One particularly nasty
problem can occur when cats
walk on a hot hob.
Burns or scalds should be
treated immediately with
copious amounts of cold
water for several minutes, to
lower the temperature, before
seeking veterinary assistance. ?
? Stay calm.
? Avoid further injury,
either to the cat or to
yourself. Remove the
cat from danger, but
remember that
a frightened cat can
be dangerous, and cat
wounds can easily develop
serious complications. Take
great care when handling
an injured cat; placing
a towel over him can often
have a calming influence
and make him easier
to handle.
? Contact a veterinary
surgery for advice and
assistance. All practices are
obliged to make provision
for 24-hour emergency
care, but this is not always
available on site. Phone
ahead to find out what the
emergency arrangements
are at that time; this will
also enable staff to be on
standby to offer immediate
attention once you arrive.
? Do not administer any
drugs intended for use in
humans or other species.
? Keep a secure, spacious,
and sturdy cat carrier
readily available for use
in an emergency. Often,
owners cannot get their
hands on one when they
need it urgently. Buy
a good-quality one which
can be disinfected easily.
NEXT MONTH...
Bradley looks at how to
go about choosing a good
veterinary practice.
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Got a
question?
CAT CARE
Send your question to our experts by post
(see page 3 for our address), on Facebook
@yourcatmagazine, or via email to
catcare@yourcat.co.uk
BEHAVIOUR
MEET OUR EXPERTS
GENERAL CARE
CELIA HADDON MA MSc MA
is a well-known pet columnist
and author of numerous cat
books. She is a cat lover and
owner, with a cat behaviour
quali?cation and broad
experience of feline issues.
NUTRITION
LIBBY SHERIDAN MVB MRCVS
worked as a vet before joining
the pet food industry. She
then set up Mojo Consultancy,
offering specialist business
support to the pet care industry.
VETERINARY
AGA ZOLTOWSKA BVSc
MANZCVS (Medicine of Cats)
DipCABT MRCVS graduated
from the University of Liverpool
in 2005 and is passionate about
cat welfare. Find out more at
www.thecatboxsolutions.com
BEHAVIOUR
KIM HOUSTON BSc (Hons),
Dip (AS) CABC, CCAB is
a consultant in feline behaviour.
She works with clients
throughout the UK, helping to
resolve cat behaviour problems.
Find out more about Kim at
www.cat-astrophes.com
BEHAVIOUR
HOLISTIC
HOLLY MASH BVSc IVAS
MRCVS specialises in
complementary medicine
including herbalism and
acupuncture. She also runs
online courses for owners.
Little nipper
Q
We have bottle-fed and cuddled
our kitten since he was two
weeks old. He plays, has tons
of energy, and only cuddles when he?s
tired. However, he bites all the time,
even when he?s purring. We play with
him a lot and don?t punish him, other
than removing him from the situation
? but he often comes right back and
bites more!
Aimee Carpenter, via Facebook.
KIM ANSWERS:
It seems that you?ve got a real
bundle of energy on your hands!
I am sorry to hear your kitten
is pouncing and biting. It sounds as
though he is displaying misdirected play
aggression, which is demonstrated in
behaviour such as stalking, pouncing,
and biting.
This sort of aggression is usually
seen in cats under two years
of age, and is commonly seen
in orphaned cats, solo cat
litters, or those weaned early.
Unfortunately, these little
A
ones have not learned how to inhibit
their bite because they had no mum or
siblings around to let them know when
they had bitten too hard.
One of the key treatment protocols
is to focus on channelling your kitten?s
misdirected play aggression into more
appropriate and acceptable means. You
will need to introduce prey items for him
to play with, such as fishing rod-style
toys. Three 15-minute play sessions daily
should help to dispel his play aggression
towards your family.
This sort of play will also offer aerobic
exercise, mental stimulation, and lots
of fun, thus reducing boredom. Try to
provide him with puzzle feeders, high-up
resting places, and anything else that will
enrich his day.
A word of caution ? avoid playing
any games with your kitten which
allow him to bite or chase your
hands or feet. What was once
a cute nip might turn into
a deep wound as he starts to
grow adult teeth. ?
Never encourage
your kitten to bite
your ?ngers.
BEREAVEMENT
DR SUE DAWSON is
a counselling psychologist
specialising in
human-companion animal
relationships and
pet bereavement.
GROOMING
ANITA KELSEY BA Hons,
MCFBA, CIDBT runs a vet
referral practice dedicated to
behaviour problems in cats. She
is also an expert cat groomer.
Visit www.catbehaviourist.com
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CAT CARE
BEHAVIOUR
Annoying
the neighbours
Q
My niece lets her two cats out
on the balcony of her flat, but
they keep going to next door?s
balcony and toileting in the plant pots.
Do you have any ideas about how she
can stop them doing this? The council
is now involved and she really doesn?t
want to lose her flat or her cats.
Miss E. Harris, Kent.
KIM ANSWERS:
This situation is quite worrying
for a number of reasons. Firstly,
there is a risk to the cats? safety
in being allowed on the balcony in the
first place ? heights are a great risk to
all animals. Secondly, the fact that the
council is now involved and your niece
is in danger of losing her flat means
something has to be done urgently.
To stop the cats venturing on to
neighbouring balconies, there are
a few things your niece might want to
consider. The cats could be restricted
A
Q
Cats should not be allowed
on balconies without
appropriate cat-proo?ng.
to indoors only; this is a quick fix, and
will no doubt alleviate the friction and
tension with the neighbour, as well
as preventing the council from taking
further action.
Providing the cats are given an
enriched and stimulating indoors
environment, they should adapt to
this new lifestyle. They will need
opportunities to climb, scratch, and
hunt, but this can be provided with
the introduction of cat shelving and
cat trees, scratch posts, and activity
feeders. Play is also very important
? I?d suggest daily interactive play
sessions with fishing rod-style toys.
Alternatively, you could consider
cat-proofing the balcony, so that
the cats can venture outside, but
are prevented from straying on to
neighbouring balconies. This will help
keep the peace with neighbours, while
ensuring the cats? safety. ?
NUTRITION
My indoor cat keeps eating his
clean cat litter. What can I do?
LIBBY
LIBBY ANSWERS:
ANSWERS
RS
This could be a sign of pica,
which is when cats develop
a tendency to eat inedible
objects. The causes of this are not well
understood, although it may be linked
to underlying digestive problems or
nutritional deficiencies. Cats can also
eat cat litter if they are anaemic. Other
causes to consider include behavioural
traits, such as boredom.
A
Natasha Bourne, via email.
Due to the possibility of an underlying
medical problem, I think the first step
would be to take your cat to the
vet for a quick check-up. They will
also be able to pick up on any signs of
anaemia too. If he is given a clean bill
of health, it could be a behavioural
problem. Try enriching your home by
ensuring he has plenty of different toys
to play with and the opportunity to
climb and sit up high. ?
Q
GENERAL CARE
How do we stop
our cat from
scratching
the carpet?
Kay Stewart, via Facebook.
CELIA ANSWERS:
Cats scratch to mark their
territories, both visually and
with scent from the glands on
their paws. Once they have started
scratching somewhere, they top up the
mark regularly. You must supply your
cat with at least one good scratch post
within the house, which is stable and
high enough for him to scratch at full
height. Try placing it near where he
scratches the carpet.
Next, wash away the scent of his
paws from the carpet using enzymatic
(biological) washing liquid in lukewarm
water, then scrub the area with surgical
spirit. Once it?s dry, spray Feliway Classic
daily on the site for about a month. An
easier alternative to Feliway is simply
to cover the scratched area with a vinyl
scratch guard or vinyl carpet protector. ?
A
Cats scratch to mark
their territories.
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VETERINARY
Spaying
worries
Q
My cat is four years old and our
vet has advised we need to get her
spayed. Although she?s an indoor
cat and is healthy and happy, he said it
would save us from heartache in the long
run. I?m worrying about her after-care
and the pain she may be in. I?ve had an
operation myself, and I had a lot of pain for
six weeks afterwards. Do cats heal quicker
than us?
Katie Richards, via Facebook.
AGA ANSWERS:
Unfortunately, we cannot ask
our feline friends how they feel
and what they are experiencing.
However, we can extrapolate it from their
behaviour and response to the handling of
the surgical site.
I have observed and interacted with
many pet and feral cats post-neutering, and
the vast majority behaved as if nothing had
A
Growing old gracefully
Q
Most welfare
organisations
recommend
early neuterin
g (around
four months
of age),
for both males
and females.
happened within 24 to 48 hours of
surgery (obviously that doesn?t mean
they felt no pain or discomfort). Within
a week, they showed very little reaction to
pressure over the surgical site, which is
a good indicator of the level of pain.
Compared to what is described in
women, it seems that cats recover more
quickly after the procedure. It is likely to
be related to a smaller incision, and shorter
surgical and anaesthetic times. In humans,
the level of discomfort can be related to
formation of abdominal adhesions, which
are not as frequently encountered in cats.
Cats can experience pain if the level of
post-operative pain relief is not adequate,
so it?s crucial that you discuss the pain
issue with your vet. It is a common and
strongly recommended practice these days
to send patients home after the procedure
onal pain relief. ?
with additional
HOLISTIC
I would like your advice for my
elderly but very dear cat Molly, who,
at 20 years old, is doing very well
physically (despite having hyperthyroidism),
but in recent months has developed senility,
and often seems to forget which room she
is in.
Are there any alternative treatments for
senility/dementia?
Sylvia Smith, Bristol.
Did you
know?
Lemon balm and
ginkgo biloba.
HOLLY ANSWERS:
SWERS:
Under the
guidance of
a herbal-trained
d
vet (visit www.herbalvets.com
vets com or www
www.bahvs.
w ba
b hvs
hvs
com), you could use herbs such as lemon
balm and ginkgo biloba, as these can help
to increase circulation/oxygenation to the
brain, and have been found to help in memory
problems in people. ?
A
HOLISTIC
Winter
sniffles
Q
My cats have colds,
and when they
sneeze, it?s very
watery. Is there any home
remedy I can try?
Angel Scott,
via Facebook.
HOLLY ANSWERS:
I?m afraid I would
need to know
a bit more detail
about what makes your
cats sneeze. There isn?t
a catch-all remedy,
and there are many
different causes for
watery sneezing.
I would advise taking
your cats to the vet?s
to get a check-over, and
make sure there isn?t
anything physical which
is causing the problem
(including blockages
to the nasal passages),
or indeed any other
medical issue that
can be treated. ?
A
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CAT CARE
Feeling guilty over
your cat?s accidental
death is inevitable.
BEHAVIOUR
Bin raiders!
Q
BEREAVEMENT
What if I had done
something different?
Q
I lost my cat, Milly, at
the weekend. She died
crossing the road; she
was a real hunter and was
always wandering.
I was supposed to take her
to the vet?s to have a tooth
removed, and I delayed this
a little due to money issues.
I hope she didn?t wander
because she thought I hadn?t
cared for her. I loved her
to bits and she always
seemed happy.
There are so many ?what
ifs? at the moment. I know
guilt is a part of the grief
process, but the pain is awful.
Karen Dickinson, via email.
SUE ANSWERS:
I am so very sorry
to learn of Milly?s
accidental death.
Allowing our cats the freedom
to be themselves and carry
out their natural behaviours
is so important; you did this
for Milly, and it sounds as
though she loved hunting
and having her freedom. Just
as with humans, freedom
carries risks as well as
benefits, and unfortunately
for our cats, one of the
biggest risks is traffic.
It is not your fault Milly died;
she died as a consequence
of an accident. Blaming
ourselves for an accidental
death can sometimes feel
safer than accepting the
existential reality that we
A
cannot control death: how,
when, or why we and our
loved ones will eventually
die. It is essential right now
that you try to allow yourself
to accept that Milly did not
wander because of anything
you did or didn?t do; Milly
wandered because she was
a cat and loved hunting. You
did not cause Milly?s death or
contribute to it in any way.
It is important that you
do not allow yourself to get
caught up in unpleasant
thoughts, because they
are just that: thoughts, and
thoughts are not reality.
Sometimes, when we have
really horrible thoughts, it
can be helpful to imagine
them as clouds: acknowledge
them, name the thoughts, and
then let them pass, floating by
like clouds.
Try not to beat yourself up
with all the ?what ifs? ? these
are inevitabilities of the
grieving process, and need to
be understood as such, and
not as any indication of you
being responsible for what
happened. Connecting with
compassionate others can go
a long way to reducing the
horrible sense of loneliness
within grief.
Accepting the uncertainties
of life and the anxiety that
death brings up in us all is
hard. You are in my thoughts
at this difficult time. ?
I own two male cats,
who were originally
ferals. I got them
when they were around
three or four weeks old, as
they were left to fend for
themselves with no adult
cats around.
Recently, they have
learned how to get into
the bin ? they shred the
bin bags and take out
the rubbish.
How can I stop this? They
are around two years old
now. They also don?t really
stay outside for very long,
when they used to be out
for hours.
Kate-Megan Kenyon,
via Facebook.
KIM ANSWERS:
It sounds as though
you have two
very proficient
bin raiders, intent on
rummaging through the
contents of your waste,
in search of a scrap of
chicken, or another equally
tasty morsel!
Let?s face it ? your
kitchen bin is currently
a self-service buffet to your
boys. However, they are
not alone in this pastime
? even the most well-fed
cats often insist on raiding
the kitchen bin in search
of that extra-special titbit.
There may be an underlying
medical reason for your
cats? behaviour, or they
A
might need an adjustment
to their diets, so it might be
worth consulting your vet
in the first instance.
If your boys are given
a clean bill of health, there
are several tips you can
try in an attempt to curtail
their bin raiding:
? Try relocating your
bin to a cupboard, or fit
a child-proof latch to keep
it securely closed.
? Place some double-sided
sticky tape around the top
of the bin as a deterrent;
cats dislike getting their
paws sticky.
? You could always
purchase an entirely new
bin with a locking lid.
? Try providing regular
feeding times of several
small meals a day, or use
a timed automatic feeder.
You could also provide
your boys with an activity
feeder, which should help
keep their attention away
from the bin!
I hope this helps.
Good luck! ?
Cheeky cats may
raid the bins for
extra food!
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BEHAVIOUR
Chatty cats
Q
A
Why are some cats so vocal? I have three cats, and my
tortoiseshell is so noisy! She ?talks? to me all the time.
It?s not a problem; I just wonder why some cats do this.
Rachael Price, via Facebook.
ANITA ANSWERS:
I do love chatty cats; I could talk to them for hours!
Cats are very similar to humans, in that some are
chatty, some are quiet, some have very loud purrs,
some purrs are barely audible, and one cat I know has
a silent miaow.
Each cat has a unique personality, and that includes his
vocalisations. Also, some breeds are much chattier than others,
such as the Siamese.
Cats have learned to miaow at us as a form of
communication to get attention. If it becomes incessant,
there might be cause for concern, such as an underlying
medical issue. Cats mainly vocalise with humans to
get what they want, and only use vocalisations with
other cats when delivering warnings, during sexual
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than others. I do hope you enjoy your daily cat chats! ?
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Got a
question?
Q
Litter trays
need to be kept
scrupulously
clean.
NUTRITION
What is
the best
food
to help
my cat
put on
weight?
Laura Garland,
via Facebook.
LIBBY ANSWERS:
Ideally, you need to
feed your cat on an
energy-dense food,
so that he does not need
to eat excessive volumes
to get the extra calories
in. Kitten food is perfect,
as it is energy-dense and
absolutely fine to feed to
adult cats. ?
A
Cats miaow to
communicate
with humans.
GENERAL CARE
Litter tray
troubles
Q
Try more rigorous cleaning and at least
Our long-haired cat goes to the
one more tray, preferably in a different
litter tray and sometimes manages
location. If this doesn?t work, measure how
to wee over the side. It?s a large,
far the urine or faeces is deposited away
deep litter tray which both girls use. How
from the existing tray, then place your
can we stop this?
existing tray inside another larger tray (such
Natasha Aldridge, via Facebook.
as an even larger litter tray or garden seed
CELIA ANSWERS:
The ideal litter tray for a cat should
tray), so that her bottom will hang over the
be one-and-a-half times the length
gap between the two trays. You can add
of the cat; the litter depth should
litter into the gap. The gap has to be large
be about 21/2in. Cats hate standing on their
enough to catch her poo or wee, but small
own waste, so could your cat be doing
enough for her to step over it into the actual
this in order to avoid getting her paws in
litter tray.
soiled litter?
Another possibility is to install
Litter trays need cleaning at least
a higher-sided plastic box (like
once daily, and preferably twice.
a washing-up bowl) as a litter tray,
Cats defecate once a day and
so that the high sides prevent
urinate two to four times a day,
her hanging her bottom
so a single litter tray for two
outside it. Your cats might
Try different
types
cats is likely to become dirty
refuse to use this, though, so
of cat litter to
find
very quickly. The rule of thumb
only try this if all else fails, and
out which on
e your
is that there should be a tray
do not take away the existing
cat prefers.
for each cat, plus one extra.
tray while you trial it. ?
A
Top tip!
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CAT CARE
Diary of
He can?t keep a feline vet
NUTRITION
his food down
Q
A
Our Bengal-cross cannot eat or keep any dry food
down. He does fine with wet food. Is there a solution,
or are we stuck feeding wet food forever?
Vance Markus Jones, via Facebook.
LIBBY ANSWERS:
There are numerous reasons why your cat may struggle
to hold down dry food, and it is always worth getting
him checked out by your vet. For example, any problems
with the stomach, like delayed gastric emptying or gastritis, can
lead to food being vomited up.
If, however, your vet gives your cat the all-clear, there are
other tricks you can try to help him tolerate dry food.
Try feeding his daily ration divided into several smaller meals
over the course of the day. This can help to prevent your cat?s
stomach from becoming overloaded.
Also, if he eats very quickly, this can cause him to bring
his food up. This can be alleviated by feeding him using an
interactive feeding toy or using a bowl with compartments,
to help slow him down. Adding water to his dry food may
also help him tolerate it better and help to speed its passage
through the stomach.
In terms of the type of food, feeding your cat a highly
digestible diet, such as Hill?s i/d or Royal Canin Sensitivity
Control, will also improve his chances of being able to tolerate
dry food. Foods that contain reduced levels of fat and protein
may also be beneficial if your cat has gastritis or delayed gastric
emptying. This is because fatty and high-protein diets can slow
the passage of food through the stomach, making your cat more
likely to vomit.
Interestingly, feeding wet or liquidised food to cats who suffer
from stomach problems can often help alleviate the symptoms.
This is because wet food leaves the stomach and enters the rest
of the digestive tract much quicker than dry foods, which may
explain why your cat can tolerate wet food but not dry. ?
By resident vet Aga Zoltowska.
I
often hear people say:
?I always wanted to
be a vet but I couldn?t
put animals to sleep.? It is
heartbreaking, but it?s also
a true privilege to be a part
of the last goodbye.
When my cat, Prysznic,
d
was 11 years old, I diagnosed
him with cancer. He did
e
remarkably well through the
surgery and chemotherapy,
but a year later, it all
d
changed. He lost weight and
appetite. Regardless of whatt
I did, he was deteriorating.
I knew that if we tried
a different chemo, he would
put up with it, but it wasn?t
fair. I would watch him
sleeping on my lap and start
crying; it was painful to
imagine my life without him.
When was the right
time? Was I rushing?
I even organised a
consultation with an animal
communicator. I needed to
know (regardless of how
crazy that may sound!) what
he thought and felt.
One morning, after
a really good day, I found
him looking really unwell.
It was time to say goodbye,
and I was very privileged to
be able to do it at home.
It was as kind as it could
have been but a part of my
soul went missing that day.
My clients tell me stories
about the pain of parting
with their cats? bodies.
That morning, I finally
understood. I sat with my
Prysznic enjoys
the garden.
Aga and Prysznic.
move
boy and refused to move.
After I drove with him to the
local crematorium, it took
the staff forever to take him
from my arms.
Initially, I could not part
with his ashes, and he went
with me everywhere. Yes, it
might sound insane, but we
all grieve in our own ways.
A few months have
now passed and I miss
him terribly, but I am also
grateful that I had him in
my life. He taught me a very
important lesson ? the pain
of making the euthanasia
decision is a real thing that
affects us all. To understand,
you have to go through it.
RIP, my little man. ?
RIP Prysznic.
Wet foods can help to
alleviate stomach upsets.
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A bad
move
Behaviour spec
i al
When Nugget?s behaviour
deteriorated after a recent
house move, his owner
called in behaviourist
Peter Neville to
restore the peace..
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JASON GREARY WRITES: ?My
My
14-month-old cat, Nugget, seems
to be extremely upset with me. He?s
a real character, but quite an angry
one much of the time. From the
moment he arrived in my life, he?s
taken over and has run the roost
with an iron paw! Unfortunately
for Nugget, I had to move into an
apartment two months ago, and he
seems to hate it. He constantly walks
around scowling at me, and has
even taken to scratching and biting
me if I dare touch him when he?s not
in the mood. What can I do to make
Nugget friendly again??
Nugget.
A frustrated cat can
often be an unhappy one.
ason contacted me in utter
had always
PETER NEVILLE is
desperation after his cat Nugget
been a very
an expert in feline
turned into a very unpleasant
independent
behaviour and works
both in the UK and
flatmate. When I first met them,
and confident
abroad. To ?nd out
I could immediately see what he meant
cat. He loved
more about Peter, go
by Nugget being angry ? I hadn?t seen
the odd cuddle
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such a cross cat in quite some time!
and game, and
For much of our first meeting, Nugget
would lie on his
sat on the window sill and scowled at
back and stomach for hours to be
me. He refused to play or even take any
groomed, though he definitely did not
of the tasty offerings I placed in front
like being picked up. His biggest oddity
of him.
was his love for water. Jason told me
Jason told me that when
that Nugget used to love
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Nugget had first arrived
swimming in the pond
home as a 10-week-old
USED TO LOVE at the old house, and he
kitten, he had settled
would often come into the
SWIMMING
into his new environment
house dripping wet after
quickly. Jason only kept
a day of swimming.
IN THE POND
him confined for four
AT THE
THE BIG MOVE
weeks, because the kitten
OLD HOUSE...? After a relationship
?went crazy? trying to
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keep himself occupied. He
was forced to quickly look for new
would climb the curtains, scratch the
accommodation. His new apartment
sofas, rip the bed to bits, and even
was on the third floor and Nugget didn?t
took to biting ankles and hands. After
have a garden to explore, so Jason
a week, Jason decided that the kitten
confessed it wasn?t really ideal. While
was frustrated and needed more space
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? as soon as his jabs were effective,
allowed to have free access and Nugget
he was allowed out. This worked quite
did not like this at all. Soon after moving
well, and Nugget turned into a rather
in, he started pacing and crying, and
pleasant and affectionate cat when
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suffered many a scratch and bite while
day outdoors.
trying to soothe his agitated cat, but
Before their house move, Nugget
J
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ENRICHING THE
ENVIRONMENT
Nugget loves his new lookout posts.
?I EXPLAINED THAT
FRUSTRATION OFTEN
LED TO AN UNHAPPY
CAT, AND THAT?S WHY
NUGGET WASN?T
AMENABLE TO ANY
SORT OF AFFECTION.?
was at a loss as to how he was going to
fix it. Unfortunately, they had signed
a year?s lease so they were stuck in this
apartment for the foreseeable.
While Jason explained his dilemma,
I had a look around the apartment. It
was ? for a human ? roomy and light,
with lots of open space. I asked him how
he felt about making a few changes and
if he would be willing to purchase some
cat furniture to help increase Nugget?s
indoor enrichment. This cat wasn?t used
to being cooped up with no outlet for
his energy.
I explained to Jason that frustration
often led to a very unhappy cat, and
that?s why Nugget wasn?t amenable to
any sort of affection. If we were going
to help Nugget, we had to enrich his
life a lot.
Our first step in making Nugget
happier was to buy a cat tree with
several levels. Jason was quite handy
and once I showed him what I had in
mind, he quickly set to work to create
a similar-looking tree for a fraction
of the price. Using Jason?s DIY skills,
we also created several perches,
a walkway along the ceiling, multiple
cat tunnels, and four window boxes
for Nugget to explore.
I asked Jason to buy 10 small food
bowls and randomly hide them around
the apartment, so Nugget would have
to search for his meals on a daily
basis. We also introduced a variety of
food-dispensing and fishing rod-style
toys, but I explained that playtime had
to be on Nugget?s terms, and Jason
had to try to coax him to take part, but
never force a game upon him.
BACK OUTDOORS
Luckily, Nugget was quite responsive to
all these changes and would lie on his
newly built cat tree, intently watching
his toys until they proved irresistible.
Once he was engaged, he would
chase the toy for up to half an hour.
I quickly realised that this cat
had stamina, and regular indoor
activities were not going to be
enough for him.
I decided to gradually introduce
Nugget to a lead and harness, so
Jason could take him for walks in the
garden below. Within five days, Nugget
was comfortably walking around and
exploring the garden.
Never one to shy away from water, he
even launched himself into the garden?s
communal swimming pool, paddling
about for a good few minutes. This soon
became a regular habit every time they
went out in the garden!
Problem solved!
He enjoys
going for a dip!
I asked Jason how Nugget
behaved after these outings, and
he responded: ?It?s the oddest
thing ? he is so chilled out and
happy after a swim! In fact, he?s
drawing quite a crowd whenever
he swims. I don?t think many
people are used to seeing
a swimming cat, but I think the
swimming, in conjunction with
the walks and all the perches and
toys, have actually done the trick.
Nugget is once again his usual
self. I would never have thought
to teach him to walk on a lead
and harness, and that is the
one big thing that has restored
peace in our home. Thank you so
much, Peter!? ?
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THEY CALL ME
Mr Tibbs
Mr Tibbs has a secret which people
ple may
y
not realise, explains owner
e Holly
o y Ca
Carter.
M
r Tibbs is a wonderful companion.
On a cold and frosty morning, he
will happily accompany us to the
top field to check on the sheep. He
is joyfully uncomplaining, and is not too
proud to enjoy a bit of a shoulder ride on
the way back.
We love watching his ability to ?read?
Leading the way.
sheep. He will ask himself: ?Does this
bouncing ball of wool want to be my
friend, or does it want to headbutt me
recovers, but the severity of symptoms
recovers
into the next field?? He answers this very
and the frequency of episodes are
accurately, and knows when to execute
hugely variable. It?s also very contagious
a hop, skip, and a jump to safety. If
between cats (but not inter-species ? so
approached by a friend, Mr Tibbs will
Andrei?s recent sneezing fit has nothing
wind himself around their legs, and may
to do with Mr Tibbs!).
even roll over and nip sheepy heels.
As a chronic condition, weeks may
As you may have noticed, we also
pass with no evidence of it at all, and
really enjoy taking photographs of him,
then one day our lovely boy will appear
so it?s a bit of a shock to realise that
with a partially closed left eye. That?s
there is, in fact, an impediment to his
all, to date. No coughing, sneezing, or
long-term career as a feline model. Mr
respiratory problems ? just a squinty
Tibbs has a guilty secret: he has feline
left eye. Enough, though, to keep him
herpesvirus (FHV-1).
off the catwalk!
Now, I don?t want to hear any
Frustratingly, there?s not much we can
smutty jokes, or innuendoes about
do about this. There are some cat treats
his personal life (or mine!). As it
(expensive ones!) that contain
turns out, this is a remarkably
common affliction in the
cat world, and particularly
prevalent in rescue cats
A cat who is
(often contracted by the
born blind,
or becomes
kitten from his mother).
blind later
in life, is ofte
n able to
Once caught, a cat never
adjust to a
lack of sigh
t
with little ha
rdship.
Holly, Mr Tibbs, and
a sheepish friend.
Mr Tibbs is a small, black rescue
cat who lives on a rural mid-Devon
smallholding with two humans,
two other cats, several chickens,
and 30-something sheep.
L-lysine, an amino acid which inhibits
viral replication, but no evidence that
it makes much of a difference. Also, if
he?s looking particularly uncomfortable,
we can give him some mild pain relief.
Beyond that, the administration of
antibiotics simply on the off-chance
that it may be leading to a secondary
infection, of which we?re not aware, is
simply a poor use of antibiotics.
It leaves us with little option but to
get on with things, and keep a watchful
eye out for him. And if he becomes very
precocious and too full of himself, we will
simply threaten him with publication of
his left side on a bad day! ?
THE SMILING SHEEP
You can follow the adventures of Mr Tibbs
and The Smiling Sheep smallholding at
@thesmilingsheep on Facebook. Holly
and Andrei also run a bed and breakfast
on their property ? for more information,
visit www.smilingsheep.co.uk
Did you
know?
Friend or foe?
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Harder to home
We discover why some rescue
moggies take longer to ?nd their
forever homes ? and why no cat
deserves to be overlooked.
T
housands of cats
and kittens pass
through the doors
of charities every
year, and while some are
snapped up and find new
homes fairly quickly, there are
some unfortunate moggies
who stick around a little
longer, waiting for that special
person to give them a chance.
Many rescue cats bring
baggage with them and may
already have endured so
much in their lives, but, for
some, the battle is only just
beginning. Winning over
a new owner, who will accept
them for any flaws they may
have, is no easy task ? but
it?s the job of rescue centres
and charities to encourage
prospective owners to see
past these.
?People definitely have
ideas about the type of animal
they would like,? explains
Kellie Brooks, centre manager
at animal charity Blue Cross?s
Hertfordshire rehoming centre.
?Blue Cross tries to match the
cat with the right family and
environment. For example, if
someone has children, they
wouldn?t want a nervous cat,
because the cat wouldn?t
like it and the children would
never see him.?
She continues: ?Sometimes,
people see a certain type of
cat on TV they like the look
of, but it?s all about coming
in and discussing what their
needs are. On the whole, most
people are practical and just
looking for the right pet.?
SHRINKING VIOLETS
While rescue centres do their
best to provide warm and
homely environments, some
cats simply don?t cope well,
so can?t demonstrate their
full potential.
Kellie elaborates: ?I think
the main reason some cats
stay longer is because they
are nervous and don?t show
themselves off well in the
rehoming centre environment.
It?s the ones who come to
the front of the pen and
say: ?Hello, look at me! I?m
beautiful!? that tend to be
rehomed quicker. That?s why
we like to put photos and
short videos of the cats on the
website, so people get to see
that a nervous cat just needs
time to settle.
?Our longest stayer at
the moment is Nala, an
eleven-year-old, independent
ginger female who has
been with us since February
and is in foster,? says Kellie.
?She?s very nervous and shy
until she gets to know you;
when people go and visit
her, she is scared. She?s not
a lap cat, which is what most
people want.?
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CHARITY
Did you
know?
In 2016, 5,55
7 cats
were helped
by Blue
Cross?s reho
ming
services.
Some cats wait a long
time to ?nd a sofa to
call their own.
?KITTENS ARE
MUCH EASIER TO
REHOME, BUT
THEY?RE NOT
NECESSARILY
RIGHT FOR
EVERYONE.?
Although Nala is shy around
new people, she?s also not
what some people would
consider young, which is
also likely to go against her
in her quest to find a new
home. Many charities find that
kittens are much easier to
rehome but, although they?re
undeniably cute, they?re not
necessarily right for everyone.
?Kittens get snapped up
quickly, but, with a kitten,
you don?t really know what
his personality is going to be
like,? explains Kellie. ?Older
cats? personalities are more
developed. You know what
you?re getting, so we remind
people about the benefits of
adopting an older cat.?
She continues: ?The
average life expectancy of
a cat has gone up, just like
with humans ? but many
people still think that eight
is old, which definitely
affects the time it takes
adult cats to be rehomed.
People tend to think that older
cats are more expensive to
care for too, but preventative
treatment and vet care is so
good now.?
However, for those cats
who do have health issues,
some people certainly think
twice before taking them on.
Kellie says: ?Health problems
definitely have an impact on
how easy cats are to rehome,
because there?s the problem
of getting pet insurance for
those with pre-existing issues,
so people tend to think with
their heads, rather than their
hearts. Taking on a cat with
a condition is different from
having a cat for years before
he becomes ill and you have
to take extra care for him.?
PERSONAL
PREFERENCE
The issue of rehoming black
cats is something many
organisations have also
struggled with, although the
reasons for this ? whether
it?s superstition or simply that
people don?t like the colour
? are not completely clear.
However, Kellie explains
that this stigma may not be
so much of an issue any more:
?We get lots of black cats
coming in, which I think is just
because there are so many
black cats out there. I?m not
sure if they actually stay in
the centre longer than other
colours, and I don?t get the
negative feedback from the
public about them any more.?
When it comes to a cat?s
gender, Kellie says: ?If
people have always had
a certain sex of cat, they often
want to stick with this, so we
don?t tend to find that one
gender is easier to rehome
than the other. I personally
don?t see a difference in
their personalities.?
?
Sid has ?lled
Charlotte?s
heart with joy.
CASE STUDY
?A CAT?S AGE OR ILLNESS DOESN?T BOTHER
ME; IT MAKES ME WANT THEM MORE!?
When it came to taking on a new cat, Charlotte Connolly,
from Woodford, East London, decided to give a chance to
a kitty who otherwise may have been overlooked. Lovely
Sid, from Goldie?s Cat Rescue, has proved to be the perfect
companion since she adopted him in July.
She says: ?When we adopted Sid, they estimated he was
roughly six to eight years old. He was very skinny and bald;
he had pulled out his fur due to fleas and was covered in flea
dust. Now he is so fluffy and has a lovely double chin!
?A cat?s age or illness doesn?t bother me; in fact, it makes
me want them more! I want to give them the best life they
can possibly have and shower them with love, affection, and
treats until they go to Rainbow Bridge.?
Sid also has FIV, which could put some potential owners
off. However, Charlotte explains: ?FIV is scary to a lot of
people when they hear it, and they think it?s an immediate
death sentence. But FIV-positive cats live long, happy, and
normal lives if they are filled with love and happiness.
?I have to admit I was scared at first to take on an
FIV-positive pussycat; I panicked that he would be harder to
look after, but he hasn?t been! We obviously have to keep an
eye on his health. He?s also an indoor cat due to his health
ered at all by this!
needs, but he isn?t bothered
?He is so funny,
obsessed with cuddles,
and enjoys playing; the
vet said he is thriving
and so confident,? she
says. ?My little man has
filled our hearts with
so much joy. Watching
him thrive and grow
from a life of sadness
and neglect, to pure
happiness, is the best
Sid loves cuddling
feeling in the world!?
up indoors.
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LOOKING FOR A HOME
Could you give one
of these cats in need
a forever home?
Beautiful ginger girl Nala
was brought into Blue
Cross as a stray, and is
now in foster. She enjoys
playing with her mouse
toy, and her foster carer
has also got her used to
being groomed. She is
looking for a home without other pets or young children.
For more information about Nala, call 0300 777 1490 or
visit www.bluecross.org.uk/hertfordshire-kimptonrehoming-centre
Cats can appear very shy
in rehoming centres.
Nala.
Eight-year-old Bubba is Blue
Cross Hertfordshire branch?s
second-longest stayer ? she?s been
there since August and came in
because her owner was unwell. She
really enjoys attention, although
usually on her own terms, and will
even tap you to demand more fuss.
She has recently gone into a foster
Bubba.
home. For more information about
Bubba, visit www.bluecross.org.uk/hertfordshire-kimptonrehoming-centre or call 0300 777 1490.
Lenny is looking for his own
forever foster home. He came
to Goldie?s as his owner no
longer wanted him, and an
X-ray showed he had pellet
bullet wounds. He needs
a forever foster homeas he has
hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
and high blood pressure. To
?nd out more about lovely
Lenny, call 07969 318443 or
visit www.goldies-cat-rescue.
co.uk/cat/lenny
Image: Rosie B Photography.
Gorgeous 13-year-old Cheeky is
Cats Protection?s longest stayer
and has now been in the charity?s
care for over four years! Cheeky
is friendly, but has a quick temper
and tends to give people a swipe
at a moment?s notice. The centre
is hoping to ?nd her a quiet home
Cheeky.
with no children or other pets,
and a garden is a must because she craves adventure! If you
think you could be the person Cheeky has been waiting for,
contact the Glasgow Adoption Centre on 0141 779 3341 or
visit www.cats.org.uk/glasgowac
Lenny.
PRIORITISING
THE NEEDY
While bigger national charities
do their best to rehome cats
from all walks of life, there are
some smaller charities and
non-profit organisations who
have made it their duty to take
on cats who are notoriously
harder to home.
Goldie?s Cat Rescue, based
in Essex, seeks to rescue,
rehabilitate, and rehome cats
of all ages, but prioritises and
specialises in those who are
overlooked, usually because of
their age or health status.
One of the charity?s
volunteers, Ehren Gerrard,
explains: ?Goldie?s is primarily
a senior cat rescue, but we
take in FIV-positive and
disabled cats too ? we take
on the cats who otherwise
wouldn?t stand much of
a chance.
?We give all cats a health
MOT when they come to us,
which includes a blood test
and a urine sample,? she
explains. ?This is great for two
reasons: first of all, adopters
know which conditions
a cat has, but also, if a person
takes on an older cat, they will
know if they have a clean bill
of health. Before we did this,
cats were often with us for
six months, but they tend to
be rehomed in less than eight
weeks now.?
For cats who need special
veterinary care or medication,
Goldie?s has a plan in place.
Ehren explains: ?We also
have a Forever Fostering
programme, which stops
some cats from being stuck
in rescue for a long time. The
cat lives with their adopter,
but Goldie?s will pay for the
veterinary care for the rest of
the cat?s life.?
All of Goldie?s cats are in the
care of the charity?s amazing
fosterers, which means that
they can assess each cat?s
temperament, needs, and
wants, so a new owner knows
as much as possible about the
cat before taking him on.
If you would like to find
out more about Goldie?s Cat
Rescue, call Ehren on 07969
318443 or visit www.goldiescat-rescue.co.uk ?
Con?dent kitties are
more suitable for
homes with children.
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?I cannot w
Celebrity interview
alk
past any cat
without trying
to stroke him!?
TV star Rick Ed
wards tells us a
bout
his adorable re
scue cat, Tippi.
Rick.
R
ick Edwards, host of BBC
One?s new daytime quiz show,
?!mpossible?, has always been
a cat lover after being surrounded
by felines during his childhood, so it
seemed only natural that he would have
one himself as an adult.
?Growing up, we always had a cat.
I can?t remember a time when I didn?t
have a cat as a child,? explains Rick. ?We
got Terry when I was one, and I adored
him. He was massive ? dogs would run
away from him!?
Rick?s current cat is nine-year-old
Tippi, a rescue from Cats Protection. She
was the runt of the litter and Rick fell
in love with her straight away. He also
adopted
her sister,, Stella,, but she sadly
p
y
?I love their
attitude. A cat only
gives you the time
of day when he
wants to.?
passed away when she was only two
years old.
?I?m definitely a cat person
? my wife will attest to the fact that
I cannot walk past any cat without
trying to stroke him ? and I really
missed having regular cat contact, so
as soon as I stopped sharing a flat,
I went to the adoption centre,? he says.
Like
many cats, Rick admits
L
that
tha Tippi is mostly interested
Rick with
in sleeping,
fuss, and food
s
tortie Tippi.
? a trait which has left her
with
wi a bit of a paunch: ?She?s
been
be on ?obesity management?
food
for several years, though
fo
she
sh will eat anything. She
once
on ate half a loaf of bread
that
th I?d left out in the kitchen!
She
Sh eats like a horse ? a very
tiny,
ti
chubby horse! Much of
our
o relationship involves her
asking
as
for food, me saying no,
and
a
then quickly giving in.?
Tippi also has an unusual
miaow,
m
which Rick says
sounds
s
like a duck quacking,
and
a
she will also attempt to
win
w Rick?s attention by sitting
as
a close to him as possible,
and
a
tapping him on the lips
with
w
her paw.
?Wherever I sit, she will
come
c
and sit nearby. If I?m
working
w
at my laptop, she
has a habit of trying to sit
Tippi loves sleeping!
directly in front of the screen, sometimes
on the keyboard. She has no respect for
technology,? he adds.
Rick is a big advocate of making
sure cats are fully vaccinated against
diseases. He has joined forces with
Merial Animal Health to support its new
animal health campaign, Viral Cats,
raising awareness of the importance
of vaccinations, after a survey revealed
that nearly half of UK cat owners don?t
vaccinate their cats annually.
?I decided to join the Viral Cats
campaign because I was honestly
staggered when I read the research
about how many people aren?t getting
their cats vaccinated,? he explains.
?I?d do anything to protect Tippi, and I?m
sure all other cat lovers would too if they
knew more about the risk of serious
diseases. I don?t believe that the owners
who aren?t getting their cats vaccinated
realise how vital it is. If they did, they?d
be getting down to the vet?s pronto!?
And what does Rick love most
about cats?
?I love their attitude. A cat only gives
you the time of day when he wants to,?
he replies. ?
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m
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t Tal
True Ca e
A quartet of
kitties
Tina Read writes about
her beloved cats and their
many quirks.
an
cy
Tr
ot
t.
I
n late 2006, Buggle and Midget,
two beautiful Persian kittens, joined
our family. Their arrival was very
welcome and divinely timed,
as it had been a difficult period of
my life. Having married in August,
on me and my husband?s return
from honeymoon, my mother
was diagnosed with cancer and
passed away a few months later.
When I met Buggle, I had no
idea how this beautiful ball of
fluff would lift my spirits and heal
my heart, just by being in my life.
It truly was love at first sight. She
was 11 weeks old and had already
developed a feisty nature ? even
as a small kitten, she refused to be
groomed, would swipe you from the
back of the sofa if the opportunity arose,
and was nicknamed Miss Spitfire!
Buggle still attempts to swipe me
when I groom her. She?s a tiny cat with
a huge attitude; in fact, I think she may
be part ninja. She tolerates the rest of the
family, and has softened recently to the
other cats. She makes me laugh out loud
at her antics and occasional disapproving
looks directed at the canine family
members, who are, after all, inferior. She
sleeps on the pillow behind my head, and
I often get a pat on the face during the
night to make sure I am still there.
We met Midget when we collected
Buggle. He was so tiny, an adorable
bundle of red and white fur. My husband
felt we should have a boy to keep Buggle
company. I thought I was pushing my
luck having one kitty, so I could not
believe this turn of events and jumped
at the chance.
Midget is a gentle soul and a complete
contrast in personality to Buggle. He
loves an adventure, and it was soon
clear that he enjoyed being outside
and attempting to catch birds, which,
ti o
ra
st
Illu
N
n:
?These two cats really are so special, and their
relationship unique.?
needless to say, I was not very keen
on. Thankfully, his success rate is
practically zero.
He is proficient at getting me to
pander to his every whim, and has
a selection of chirrups and miaows to
guide me to his chosen task: food,
a different food, some more food, and
a cuddle or an ear rub. I feel I have
followed his training programme pretty
well over the years, and must have
graduated with honours!
Milly and Teddy are our two
larger-than-life Ragdoll littermates, who
are full of fun and mischief, and regularly
have rough-and-tumbles ? usually
instigated by Ted. Milly gives as good as
she gets and has always been the most
vocal of the two. She is very chatty and
enjoys being in the centre of the family,
spreading Milly magic wherever she goes.
She isn?t always an angel. Occasionally,
she will launch herself from the top step
into our bedroom and land directly on
my husband, usually at 5am when he is
asleep, which never fails to amuse me.
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Teddy loves a cuddle, and he sits on
my feet at breakfast time to remind me
it?s the most important time of the day.
He has a ?thing? for Buggle, who sits on
my shoulder while he kneads the sofa
and gazes lovingly at her.
Teddy and Nelson, our blind rescue
German Shepherd, are besties ? an
unlikely friendship. Teddy gently boxes
Nelson?s nose if he thinks he?s getting
above his station, but they curl up and
nuzzle one another.
When we are at home, the cats go
outside, and Teddy enjoys riding up front
in the wheelbarrow when I am carrying
out my chicken duties. Milly and Midget
usually appear too; they seem to have
a radar, taking a well-earned break, no
doubt, from chicken run patrol, which is
very serious kitty business.
Teddy has some success as a hunter
and brings me the occasional mouse.
I realise this is a great honour and try
to act according to cat etiquette by
showing gratitude. I know he is teaching
me to hunt, but surely he knows by now
I am vegetarian!
Midget and Milly beam love at
everyone and adore one another. They
are truly soulmates: swirling around each
other, interlocking their tails, touching
noses, and kissing each other?s faces.
These two cats really are so special, and
their relationship unique. You can feel the
love when they are together.
As I finish writing this, Buggle is
attempting to make a nest in the
sofa cushions. She is determined but
looks rather cross that they are not
cooperating. I may have to reinstate the
cat camp and put a blanket over the
top of the sofa for a happy and peaceful
afternoon. Teddy is curled up in a ball
under the coffee table, dreaming of tuna,
no doubt. Midget and Milly are together
and outside by the chicken run, enjoying
the sunshine and being together.
My cats have enhanced my life in so
many ways and healed my heart. Let?s
just say life is never short of an adventure
and an abundance of miaows, when you
share life with a quartet of cats! ?
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True cat tale
Nellie was
very affectionate.
Julie Lyons wasn?t
a cat person
until she began
rescuing felines
two decades ago.
U
ntil we moved to our
present home, nearly
20 years ago, I knew
very little about cats,
having never had one. Our livess
had only ever included dogs,
but when we moved to our
smallholding, we decided a cat
was needed.
Not quite sure how
I would cope, I contacted our
local Cats Protection for an
outdoor cat.
?I?m going to let you have
Clarence,? the woman said.
Soon, a large tabby and white
tomcat arrived, and was put in
a crate in our barn. The hissing
ball of claws and fur was left
to calm down.
?He?s called Clarence after
the lion in ?Daktari? (the TV
show),? I was told. ?He?s
cross-eyed.?
Slightly scared of
this wild-looking feline,
I eventually found some
strong gloves for feeding
and litter-tray emptying.
After a couple
p e of weeks,
Clarence was let
free and promptly
disappeared,
dissappeared, yet
I continued
ed to leave
food for him.
Occasionally, we
would glimpse
him in the fields
or under
Jerry has always
been a farm cat.
Life
on the
farm
hedge. Eventually
Eventually, he returned
returned,
a hedge
extremely wary.
I would catch sight of him in
the barn peering at me. After
several months, he became
more confident and would wait
for me to feed him. On impulse,
I went to stroke him while he ate
and, wow, he let me.
From then on, Clary, as we
called him, was in the garden,
by the back door, clambering
at the windows, and
waiting for me. During
the summer months, he
ran into the house. Then,
Clary decided he wanted
to be a house cat, not
?CLARY
WANTED TO
BE A HOUSE
CAT, NOT
A FERAL CAT,
AND YES, HE
HAD HIS WAY.?
a feral cat,
cat and yes,
yes he had
his way. We put a cat flap in
for him.
He lived with us for about
six years, before he developed
inoperable skin cancer on his
pink nose. Our very special cat
is now buried in the orchard.
Nellie came next:
a nine-year-old outdoor cat
who needed rehoming. She was
beautiful, black, sleek, and shiny
? a real softie with people, OK
with dogs, but lethal to rabbits
and mice. I remember clearly
the day she dropped a live
baby rabbit into her bowl and
walked away. I spent all morning
looking for the burrow.
She was playful and loved
a cuddle. Her favourite trick was
to tap a loose skirting board
under the sink until it fell down.
We lost lovely Nellie last winter,
after she suffered from kidney
failure. She is also buried in
the orchard.
Jerry, a pretty, young black
and white female, is our latest
cat, and she also lives outside.
Well, not quite outside ? I have
made a warm and secure bed
for her in the tack room. She
is the yard cat, moving around
the horses? legs, and rubbing up
against mine when I go outside.
She came from a farm, via
a rescue centre, and has never
lived in a house, though I am
not sure how long this will last.
Recently, she followed me to the
back door, running in, and then
out again when she saw the
dogs. Time will tell.
All of our feline strays have
brought us a huge amount of
happiness. Those who have
gone are still missed, but have
they really gone? Just before
Christmas, my husband and
I were sitting quietly in the
kitchen reading, when we heard
a dropping noise; it was the
loose skirting board under the
sink being ?tapped? to the floor. ?
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short story
Santa Paws
A black cat helps a frustrated family turn around
a tense Christmas, in this ?ctional short story
by novelist Kathryn Freeman.
Illustration: Emma Thrussell.
J
ake surveyed the
mess of his living room.
A rainbow of coloured
paper and pens littered
the coffee table where his
daughter was working. Glitter
? gold, silver, red, and green
? was everywhere.
Silently, he cursed his
ex-wife. He didn?t
begrudge her
time away
with her new
husband, nor
did he mind
taking care of
their six-year-old
daughter ? hell, he
loved having Sophie
for more than a few
days at a stretch. But
choosing three weeks
over Christmas? Crap
timing. Especially as
he had his hands full
with his other guest.
Sophie let out
a high-pitched squeal.
?Shoo! Go away, Paws.?
As the sleek black cat
jumped elegantly
down from the
coffee table,
Sophie glared at
Jake with teary
eyes. ?He?s just
messed up the
cards I was making.
And we can?t have
a tree because of
him. Stupid cat. I hate him.?
She tossed the blonde
plait he?d painstakingly tied
?I don?t like cats. They mess
things up and stop me having
a Christmas tree.?
this morning, and ran out of
the room.
Jake?s eyes slid over to
where his father sat, slumped
as usual, on the sofa. ?That?s
your fault,? he muttered testily,
albeit unfairly.
His father glared back. ?We
didn?t ask to be wrenched
from our home.?
And I didn?t ask to have you
here. Jake bit back the words.
It wasn?t his father?s fault he?d
taken a tumble, or that his
rehabilitation was proving
frustratingly slow.
Paws jumped neatly onto
the sofa, curling up beside
his owner.
?There, there, my beauty.
Ignore the grumpy git and sit
with me.? His father?s arthritic
fingers stroked the glossy
fur, a brief flash of pleasure
crossing his weathered face
before he shoved his nose
back into his newspaper.
Jake sighed and started
towards the stairs, and his
daughter. A knock at the door
stopped him in his tracks.
?Tabby.? Delight burst
through his sour mood at
the sight of his gorgeous
girlfriend. Thank God he could
still call her that, after letting
her down three times this
week, thanks to a run of colds,
and Sophie?s refusal to be left
with his dad and the ?scary?
black cat.
Tabby gave him a warmer
smile than he deserved. ?Is
now a good time??
?Any time you come to see
me is a good time.? For one
blissful moment, he forgot his
upset daughter and his sullen
father, and drew Tabby into
his arms.
?Who?s that??
Sophie stood behind him,
her cheeks still wet with tears.
?This is Tabby, my girlfriend.? It
wasn?t that he hadn?t wanted
the two to meet, just that on
the days he had Sophie, he
liked to devote all his attention
to her, and vice versa.
?Tabby?s a cat name.
I don?t like cats. They mess
things up and stop me having
a Christmas tree.?
Tabby looked startled, but
recovered quickly and gave
Sophie an understanding
smile. ?Tabby is actually short
for Tabitha, but I can see why
you might be cross with a cat.
They don?t always understand
what we try to tell them.? She
glanced up at Jake. ?I didn?t
know you had a cat??
?He?s Granddad?s
cat,? interrupted Sophie.
?Granddad?s got to stay here
?cause he hurt himself, so Paws
had to come as well.?
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?Sophie observed cautiously, her eyes
rounding as Paws shifted onto his back,
so Tabby could tickle his tummy.?
?OK, Sophie.? Jake pointed
his daughter in the direction
of the sitting room. ?Start
clearing your stuff up, please.
I?ll be there in a minute.?
She gave him a hostile look.
?Is he still in there??
?Paws is asleep on the sofa.?
Sophie started to move,
then halted, eyes focused on
Tabby. ?Is she the one cooking
us Christmas dinner??
As a look of shock crossed
Tabby?s face, Jake reeled back,
equally confused. ?What do
you mean??
?You told me you don?t
know how to cook a turkey,
but you knew someone
who did.?
?That wasn?t, I didn?t?? he
trailed off, frustrated. ?Just go
and sort out the mess, please.?
When she finally
disappeared, Jake turned
back to Tabby, who looked
about as annoyed as he felt.
?When were you going to
tell me I was required to be
your chef??
?You?re not. I was going to
ask you over??
?To cook.?
?No.? The word came
out as a strangled mix of
exasperation and anger. ?Jeez,
do you really think I only want
you for your culinary skills??
?I?m beginning to wonder
if you want me at all,? she
replied quietly.
A deep, painful ache
bloomed in his chest. ?Of
course I want you.? He tilted
her chin, lifting her eyes to
his. ?More than you can
possibly know.?
?Then when can I see you??
To hell with it, he thought,
and tugged at her hand.
?Does now work??
Surprise chased across her
face. ?I thought, because you
kept cancelling, you didn?t
want me to meet your family.?
?God, no.? How on earth
had he given her that idea?
?I just wanted you all to
myself. No cantankerous old
man, no stroppy kid. Just you
and me.?
?I like old men and kids.? She
nudged his side. ?And cats.?
Her smile was infectious and
as they walked into the sitting
room, Jake felt 10 pounds
lighter. Three pairs of eyes met
them; old, young, and feline.
?Dad, this is Tabby,
my girlfriend.?
His father grunted, though
he shifted on the sofa, sitting
noticeably straighter.
?Oh, what a gorgeous
cat.? Tabby walked over and
began to fuss over Paws,
eliciting an irrational pang
of jealousy from Jake as her
hands smoothed over the cat?s
glossy coat.
?He?s called Paws,? his father
said gruffly. ?Had him for
12 years.?
?Aren?t you handsome??
Tabby cooed at the cat.
Sophie observed cautiously,
her eyes rounding as Paws
shifted onto his back, so
Tabby could tickle his tummy.
?You know having a cat
doesn?t stop you having
a Christmas tree,? Tabby said
to the hovering Sophie. ?There
are ways you can cat-proof
a Christmas tree.?
?Really??
Tabby smiled warmly.
?Really,? she replied.
Sophie?s face lit up with
delight and she darted over to
Jake. ?Did you hear that? You
said we couldn?t.?
?A guy at work said
a tree wasn?t a good idea.?
But heavens, if he?d known
it meant this much to his
daughter, he?d have looked
into it.
?Can we have one now??
Sophie started to bounce up
and down.
He glanced over to Tabby,
who nodded. ?Artificial would
be best.?
?Then it looks like we need
to buy ourselves a tree.?
?And a turkey for Christmas
Day?? Sophie added gleefully.
?Ah yes, about that.? He was
aware of Tabby?s eyes on him.
?When I said I knew someone
who could cook a turkey,
I actually meant Granddad.?
?Granddad?? Sophie gaped.
?Yes. Your granddad used to
be a chef.?
Sophie started to giggle,
bolting back to the sofa. ?You
can cook a turkey??
His father chuckled
? actually flipping chuckled.
?I can.? He nodded down to
Paws. ?Do you want to stroke
him, Sophie??
At Sophie?s conflicted look,
Tabby smiled reassuringly.
?He?s lovely and soft.?
Tentatively, Sophie
touched Paws? fur. ?He?s
making a funny noise.?
?He?s purring, lass,? his
father murmured. ?It means
he?s happy.?
Sophie crouched, stroking
Paws more confidently as
she looked into the cat?s
eyes. ?Sorry I was horrid to
you. I?m glad you?re here for
Christmas.? She glanced up at
Jake. ?We need to tell Santa
he has to bring a present
for Paws.?
Jake nodded, emotion
catching at his throat, as
Sophie began to chatter away
to his father about what
Paws liked.
Tabby quietly withdrew,
coming to stand next to him,
her hand wrapping around
his. ?You look better. Far
less frazzled than when you
opened the door.?
?You make everything
much better.?
Her expression turned soft,
and she sighed as he hugged
her. Now he had a Christmas
to look forward to. ?
Having spent 20
years working
in medical
communications in
the pharmaceutical
industry, Kathryn Freeman
began life as a writer in
2011. She pens both medical
pieces and romance novels.
Kathryn?s recent
work includes the
e-book, ?A Little
Christmas Faith?,
which follows the
story of Faith,
whose new hotel
in the Lake District
opens its doors
to the handsome but
Christmas-hating Adam.
This winter also sees the
release of Kathryn?s fifth
paperback with Choc Lit,
?A Second Christmas Wish?.
Melissa has always believed
that Christmas is overrated,
but now her seven-year-old
son seems to have lost his
festive spirit too. Can
newcomer Daniel
McCormick help
their wishes
come true?
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of ?A Second
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YOUR KITTEN
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Inviting a kitten into the fold is an exciting time for children,
but it pays to prepare them for the new arrival.
here?s no doubt how
important pets are to
children; they teach
them about love,
compassion, and responsibility,
among countless other life
lessons. So it?s easy to see why
many parents see the benefits
of introducing a kitten to
the family when children are
young. While it?s fantastic
if both child and pet can
grow up together, there are
a few things to consider if you
want to make sure it?s done in
harmony, with mutual respect
and love. After all, kittens are
animals, not cuddly toys!
KITTEN TALK
It?s important to have a chat
with your child before the
kitten comes home. Of course
they?re going to be excited
about welcoming a new
pet, but you need to make
sure you put some basic
boundaries in place from
the beginning.
One of the main things you
need to encourage is for them
to be gentle and give the new
kitten plenty of space during
the first few weeks. It?s also
a great idea if some ground
rules are put in place, such as
shutting doors or windows,
and outlining any areas of the
house that are out of bounds
for the kitten.
HUSH HUSH
Homes with children are often
louder and could be more
stressful for a nervous kitten,
so it?s important to have
quiet time while your kitten is
settling in.
Encourage your children
to speak with a soft tone
at a lower volume during
these early days, as this time
needs to be as stress free as
possible ? often easier said
than done!
Of course, some kittens
will adapt more quickly than
others; it all depends on
whether they?ve encountered
children before, the nature
of the breed, and the kitten?s
individual tolerance levels.
FUN CHORES
Once the kitten has settled
in, it?s a good idea to give
children some responsibilities.
You could create a timetable
or star chart which gives the
children various pet care
tasks on different days, such
as feeding, grooming, and
assisting with vet visits.
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Tall scratch posts
provide ideal
getaway spots.
This will stop sibling squabbles
over who does what, and you
could offer small rewards for
completing a certain amount
of tasks. Litter trays are best
kept out of all children?s
reach; it might be an idea to
buy hooded trays with doors
which children can?t open.
PURRFECT PICK-UPS
Upon seeing a cute kitten,
many young children will have
a tendency to squeal with
excitement and grab at him
? which is a big no-no! Not
only could this distress the
kitten, but the child also risks
getting scratched or bitten.
It?s best that toddlers are
never encouraged to pick up
a kitten, but if older children
insist on picking him up for
cuddles, they should know
Did you
know?
the right way to go about it.
A kitten should always be
picked up with two hands,
using one hand to support the
chest and the other to support
his back end. If you don?t think
the kitten will tolerate being
picked up, it?s best avoided.
Signs of an unhappy kitten
include pulled-back ears,
twitching tail, and wide eyes
? spotting these early will
help to avoid any incidents.
ESCAPE ROUTES
Kittens need space and time
to relax, which may be difficult
if they always have a child
in tow!
Make sure there are some
escape opportunities in place.
High shelving, tall scratch
posts, empty spaces on the
top of cupboards, cardboard
boxes, and space underneath
beds all work as hiding
places. If you have very
young children, it may also be
Buying a litter tray
with a door will
be worth it with
children around.
a good idea to have stair gates
installed, so your kitten can
retreat upstairs if needed.
All young animals spend
large portions of their days
sleeping in order to grow and
develop, so children should
know that their new friend
isn?t up for fun 100 per cent of
the time. Make sure his bed is
also kept in a quiet corner of
the house, not in a busy hub
like a living room or kitchen.
BUILD A BOND
It?s a wonderful sight when
a cat and child develop
a loving, lifelong bond, and
there are many ways this can
be achieved.
Allowing your child to
engage in several short play
sessions with the kitten
every day will provide them
both with lots of fun and
stimulation, and should also
bring them closer together.
Before your kitten arrives,
you could take a trip to your
local pet shop and let your
child pick out a selection of
wand and fishing rod-style
toys, ready for playtime.
Teaching your child the
best spots to stroke your
kitten is also useful. Ideal
places include the ears, chest,
neck, and back, while sensitive
areas, such as the feet, tummy,
and tail, should be avoided. ?
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YOUR KITTEN
Find a kitten
Welcome to our pedigree kitten directory!
The listing includes breeders whose
entries are colour-coded to help you ?nd
kittens local to you.
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Bengal
British Shorthair
IDLEBECK British. Chocolates, Lilacs,
Blacks & Blues. Carefully home-reared,
GCCF registered. Tel: 01483 235748
(Surrey)
Email: british@idlebeck.co.uk
www.idlebeck.co.uk ?
See JACOU Burmese
See ACORNPAWS British Shorthair
Chinchilla
VILLIERS CHINCHILLAS &
GOLDEN PERSIANS
Sired By IMP/GR CH CH parents.
Working with German, Dutch & English
lines. Vac/Reg/Ins, PKD Negative tested
& Microchipped. Kittens available,
Chinchilla and golden kittens
available now.
Tel: 01406 259 232 Mob: 07960 883 233
email: janet.chinnys@gmail.com
www.villierschinchillas.co.uk ?
Norwegian Forest
NORWEGIAN
FOREST CAT CLUB
www.nfcc.co.uk
Hon Sec and
Welfare:
07966 138519
Kitten List and
Breeders List:
01484 649672
Oriental
Cornish Rex
Burmese
See RASTAKESHI Cornish Rex
RASTAKESHI CORNISH & DEVON REX.
Quality kittens available to loving homes,
bred underfoot with love and care.
Tel: 07712268869 www.rastakeshi.co.uk ?
British Shorthair
British Shorthairs
GCCF Registered
kittens from show
winning lines (Bucks)
01753 675066 www.pennypurr.co.uk Q
ACORNPAWS BRITISH SHORTHAIRS.
Blue, Silver, Cream, Tabbies & Spotties.
Bengals ? all colours.
Kittens usually available.
Studs available in both breeds.
Tel: 01704 841991 (Lancs)
email: acorncattery@aol.com
www.acorncattery.com ?
BURMESE CAT CLUB recommends
kittens should be at least 13 weeks old
before leaving, registered/
fully vaccinated house-trained, in good
health and well adjusted.
Rescue & Rehoming 01483 828625
Lost & Found 01323 483424
www.burmesecatclub.com ?
Devon Rex
Persian
JACOU BURMESE KITTENS
All kittens sometimes available and
are brought-up indoors in loving family
surroundings. Kittens are H.K. negative.
Tel June 0161 980 2383 ( Cheshire/
Manchester )
Email:jacoucats@googlemail.com ?
BRYNULA DEVON AND CORNISH REX
KITTENS. Home-reared used to dogs.
Loving homes only. Member of the GCCF
Breeders Scheme, Vaccinated, Insured
and Micropchipped.
Tel: 01507 480231 Mobile: 07904 960701
email: angie_christoffersen@hotmail.com ?
See LEIBLING Ragdolls
See EMERISLE Ragdoll
See RASTAKESHI Cornish Rex
British Shorthair
Tel: 01626 334242
Email: susannewman623@btinternet.com
www.moormist-britishcats.co.uk
SONERI - Superb white persian kittens,
Imperial Grand Champion sired.
Show/breed/pet - other colours
available.
Tel: 01303 261065 (Kent)
www.soneripersians.co.uk ?
Golden Persian
BLUZEE PERSIANS.
Stunning kittens for sale. Black,
white, blue, cream, red, tortoiseshell, blue-cream and bi-colour.
Home-reared, Registered,
Vaccinated, Insured.
From Champions/Grand Champions.
Tel: 01277 372086 (Brentwood)
Moormist British Shorthairs
Outstanding kittens available now from GCCF titled parents.
Red, Black, Blue, Bicolours & Black Torties. All GCCF registered,
vaccinated, litter trained, wormed etc.
OOTHA Siamese and Orientals.
Good type, home-reared kittens from
show stock. FeLV/FIV tested.
For details contact Marjorie DavidsonSmith Tel: 01707 264450 (Herts).
Email: pentirah5@ntlworld.com ?
www.bluzeepersians.co.uk
See VILLIERS Chinchilla
Maine Coon
See VILLIERS Chinchilla
Ragdoll
AMORAMIST MAINE COONS,
Breeding Large Boned. Silver and Brown,
selfs and many other colours with or
without white in tabby. Kittens now for
sale, including pure whites.
All enquiries welcome.
T: Mareen 01326 240907 (SW Cornwall)
E: mareenholdenritchie@yahoo.co.uk
ww.amoramist.com ?
LEIBLING RAGDOLLS gorgeous babies.
Indoor homes preferred. Both Parents
have been HCM & PKD tested and can be
seen. Registered, Vaccinated, Insured.
Member of TBRCC Tel: 01225 719057
(Wiltshire) www.leiblingcats.com ?
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YOUR KITTEN
Ragdoll
Siamese
Emerisle Ragdoll
& Scottish Fold
SIAMESE
Kittens sometimes
available
to loving homes.
Established 1988
01707 264450 (Hertfordshire)
pentirah5@aol.com
pentirah5@ntlworld.com
Kitten/stud enquiries to Jeanette Fitzpatrick
01943 461852 / 07774 650217
E: fitzpatrick.jeanette@googlemail.com
www.emerisle-cats.co.uk
P.R.B.C.C. breeder of the year 11 years running
Siamese
TRADITIONAL OLD STYLE SIAMESE KITTENS
JARMILA SIAMESE available to
quality homes. Home reared to
be loving, affectionate pets and
companions. Superb look and
wonderful temperament
Tel: 01908 311376 (Bucks)
www.jarmilasiamese.co.uk
Sphynx
POLLYBEE SIAMESE. Specialising in
beautiful Blue & Lilac point Siamese,
Tabby point Siamese sometimes
available. Kittens available now.
Tel: 01745 850008 or 07528 596218
email: pollybeecats@icloud.com
www.pollybeesiamese.co.uk ?
Siamese CC Welfare Trust
REG. CHARITY NO. 1072366
Rescue, Rehome, and Advice
on Siamese Cats.
For contacts in your area call:
0208 464 8857 / 01473 830894
www.siameserescue.org.uk
WOOZLES SPHYNX. Unique
personalities, mischief makers yet
adorable. Looking for special loving
indoor homes. Superb temperaments.
GCCF Registered/vaccinated. Variety of
colours. Please call Sue Bloxham
01621 815769 (Essex).
Email: sue@woozlessphynxcats.co.uk ?
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Reader?s kitten
of the month
Stephanie Callister-Jarrold of
Gestingthorpe, Essex, was more
than happy to rescue littermates,
Cicero and Chia.
Having just had my cat Sasha put to sleep at 17 years old,
this was the end of an era. I still had Her Serene Highness
Princess Pandora, her brother Pushkin, and beautiful black
girl Persephone, but it was time we started a new gang.
I contacted all the local rescue centres, but no one
seemed to have anything other than feral kittens,
which I did not believe would fit in with my existing
brood. On checking the RSPCA?s Danaher Animal Home
website, I discovered they had a family of six kittens from
a Bengal-cross mother ? two black and whites, and four
calicos. As luck would have it, a family had been to visit
two of the kittens but hadn?t followed through, so would
I like to see them? Would I!
I was introduced to these two gorgeous kittens ? black
and white Cicero and calico Chia. I have always been
a fan of the artist Rosina Wachtmeister, and Chia could be
one of her models, with squares of black and calico. It was
love at first sight and I reserved them straight away.
Before long, I was collecting my new gang and bringing
them home. They have fitted in really well and, after
a few days of hissing, are loved by everyone. I have had
them ?zipped?, so there?s no chance of any extra kittens
arriving unexpectedly! Here?s to a long and happy life in
the countryside. ?
The siblings
enjoy a snuggle.
answers from
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Kirstie Jones welcomed
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family on Christmas Eve 2004.
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hortly after we lost our cat, Bobby,
to an RTA, we were contacted by
an RSPCA representative, who told
us about a stray cat who had been
taken to the vet?s with a broken leg. My
dad said he would go and see her, and
would consider adopting, as long as she
was not long-haired. We were assured she
was just a regular moggy.
Dad arrived at the vet?s and was taken
through to the cage she was in. A small
adorable face appeared ? but she was
long-haired. She began rubbing her head
against my dad?s hand ? she was so
friendly, we couldn?t just leave her there.
So, on December 24, 2004, this small,
furry moggy joined our family. For
a long-haired cat on Christmas Eve, it
felt appropriate to name her Tinsel.
Tinsel was estimated to be around nine
Not so
nervous now!
months old, and after she came home,
she was kept in a cage until her break had
healed. She was a very nervous cat, who
would hide from visitors under the dining
table for the first few years we had her.
We never did know her background but
assumed she hadn?t been treated well.
After much love, care, and attention
over the years, Tinsel (who we now call
Boo, for the way she sneaks around at
night) has come out of her shell, and
behaves more like a kitten as she chases
her younger brothers, Bubba and Iain,
around the house.
Boo is completely different from
the nervous little cat we brought home
12 years ago, and is definitely the boss
cat of the Jones household. ?
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Beautiful ginger girl Nala
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For more information about Nala, call 0300 777 1490 or
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Cats can appear very shy
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Nala.
Eight-year-old Bubba is Blue
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second-longest stayer ? she?s been
there since August and came in
because her owner was unwell. She
really enjoys attention, although
usually on her own terms, and will
even tap you to demand more fuss.
She has recently gone into a foster
Bubba.
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Lenny is looking for his own
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scue cat, Tippi.
Rick.
R
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One?s new daytime quiz show,
?!mpossible?, has always been
a cat lover after being surrounded
by felines during his childhood, so it
seemed only natural that he would have
one himself as an adult.
?Growing up, we always had a cat.
I can?t remember a time when I didn?t
have a cat as a child,? explains Rick. ?We
got Terry when I was one, and I adored
him. He was massive ? dogs would run
away from him!?
Rick?s current cat is nine-year-old
Tippi, a rescue from Cats Protection. She
was the runt of the litter and Rick fell
in love with her straight away. He also
adopted
her sister,, Stella,, but she sadly
p
y
?I love their
attitude. A cat only
gives you the time
of day when he
wants to.?
passed away when she was only two
years old.
?I?m definitely a cat person
? my wife will attest to the fact that
I cannot walk past any cat without
trying to stroke him ? and I really
missed having regular cat contact, so
as soon as I stopped sharing a flat,
I went to the adoption centre,? he says.
Like
many cats, Rick admits
L
that
tha Tippi is mostly interested
Rick with
in sleeping,
fuss, and food
s
tortie Tippi.
? a trait which has left her
with
wi a bit of a paunch: ?She?s
been
be on ?obesity management?
food
for several years, though
fo
she
sh will eat anything. She
once
on ate half a loaf of bread
that
th I?d left out in the kitchen!
She
Sh eats like a horse ? a very
tiny,
ti
chubby horse! Much of
our
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asking
as
for food, me saying no,
and
a
then quickly giving in.?
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miaow,
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which Rick says
sounds
s
like a duck quacking,
and
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she will also attempt to
win
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as
a close to him as possible,
and
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tapping him on the lips
with
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her paw.
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come
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and sit nearby. If I?m
working
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at my laptop, she
has a habit of trying to sit
Tippi loves sleeping!
directly in front of the screen, sometimes
on the keyboard. She has no respect for
technology,? he adds.
Rick is a big advocate of making
sure cats are fully vaccinated against
diseases. He has joined forces with
Merial Animal Health to support its new
animal health campaign, Viral Cats,
raising awareness of the importance
of vaccinations, after a survey revealed
that nearly half of UK cat owners don?t
vaccinate their cats annually.
?I decided to join the Viral Cats
campaign because I was honestly
staggered when I read the research
about how many people aren?t getting
their cats vaccinated,? he explains.
?I?d do anything to protect Tippi, and I?m
sure all other cat lovers would too if they
knew more about the risk of serious
diseases. I don?t believe that the owners
who aren?t getting their cats vaccinated
realise how vital it is. If they did, they?d
be getting down to the vet?s pronto!?
And what does Rick love most
about cats?
?I love their attitude. A cat only gives
you the time of day when he wants to,?
he replies. ?
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t Tal
True Ca e
A quartet of
kitties
Tina Read writes about
her beloved cats and their
many quirks.
an
cy
Tr
ot
t.
I
n late 2006, Buggle and Midget,
two beautiful Persian kittens, joined
our family. Their arrival was very
welcome and divinely timed,
as it had been a difficult period of
my life. Having married in August,
on me and my husband?s return
from honeymoon, my mother
was diagnosed with cancer and
passed away a few months later.
When I met Buggle, I had no
idea how this beautiful ball of
fluff would lift my spirits and heal
my heart, just by being in my life.
It truly was love at first sight. She
was 11 weeks old and had already
developed a feisty nature ? even
as a small kitten, she refused to be
groomed, would swipe you from the
back of the sofa if the opportunity arose,
and was nicknamed Miss Spitfire!
Buggle still attempts to swipe me
when I groom her. She?s a tiny cat with
a huge attitude; in fact, I think she may
be part ninja. She tolerates the rest of the
family, and has softened recently to the
other cats. She makes me laugh out loud
at her antics and occasional disapproving
looks directed at the canine family
members, who are, after all, inferior. She
sleeps on the pillow behind my head, and
I often get a pat on the face during the
night to make sure I am still there.
We met Midget when we collected
Buggle. He was so tiny, an adorable
bundle of red and white fur. My husband
felt we should have a boy to keep Buggle
company. I thought I was pushing my
luck having one kitty, so I could not
believe this turn of events and jumped
at the chance.
Midget is a gentle soul and a complete
contrast in personality to Buggle. He
loves an adventure, and it was soon
clear that he enjoyed being outside
and attempting to catch birds, which,
ti o
ra
st
Illu
N
n:
?These two cats really are so special, and their
relationship unique.?
needless to say, I was not very keen
on. Thankfully, his success rate is
practically zero.
He is proficient at getting me to
pander to his every whim, and has
a selection of chirrups and miaows to
guide me to his chosen task: food,
a different food, some more food, and
a cuddle or an ear rub. I feel I have
followed his training programme pretty
well over the years, and must have
graduated with honours!
Milly and Teddy are our two
larger-than-life Ragdoll littermates, who
are full of fun and mischief, and regularly
have rough-and-tumbles ? usually
instigated by Ted. Milly gives as good as
she gets and has always been the most
vocal of the two. She is very chatty and
enjoys being in the centre of the family,
spreading Milly magic wherever she goes.
She isn?t always an angel. Occasionally,
she will launch herself from the top step
into our bedroom and land directly on
my husband, usually at 5am when he is
asleep, which never fails to amuse me.
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Teddy loves a cuddle, and he sits on
my feet at breakfast time to remind me
it?s the most important time of the day.
He has a ?thing? for Buggle, who sits on
my shoulder while he kneads the sofa
and gazes lovingly at her.
Teddy and Nelson, our blind rescue
German Shepherd, are besties ? an
unlikely friendship. Teddy gently boxes
Nelson?s nose if he thinks he?s getting
above his station, but they curl up and
nuzzle one another.
When we are at home, the cats go
outside, and Teddy enjoys riding up front
in the wheelbarrow when I am carrying
out my chicken duties. Milly and Midget
usually appear too; they seem to have
a radar, taking a well-earned break, no
doubt, from chicken run patrol, which is
very serious kitty business.
Teddy has some success as a hunter
and brings me the occasional mouse.
I realise this is a great honour and try
to act according to cat etiquette by
showing gratitude. I know he is teaching
me to hunt, but surely he knows by now
I am vegetarian!
Midget and Milly beam love at
everyone and adore one another. They
are truly soulmates: swirling around each
other, interlocking their tails, touching
noses, and kissing each other?s faces.
These two cats really are so special, and
their relationship unique. You can feel the
love when they are together.
As I finish writing this, Buggle is
attempting to make a nest in the
sofa cushions. She is determined but
looks rather cross that they are not
cooperating. I may have to reinstate the
cat camp and put a blanket over the
top of the sofa for a happy and peaceful
afternoon. Teddy is curled up in a ball
under the coffee table, dreaming of tuna,
no doubt. Midget and Milly are together
and outside by the chicken run, enjoying
the sunshine and being together.
My cats have enhanced my life in so
many ways and healed my heart. Let?s
just say life is never short of an adventure
and an abundance of miaows, when you
share life with a quartet of cats! ?
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True cat tale
Nellie was
very affectionate.
Julie Lyons wasn?t
a cat person
until she began
rescuing felines
two decades ago.
U
ntil we moved to our
present home, nearly
20 years ago, I knew
very little about cats,
having never had one. Our livess
had only ever included dogs,
but when we moved to our
smallholding, we decided a cat
was needed.
Not quite sure how
I would cope, I contacted our
local Cats Protection for an
outdoor cat.
?I?m going to let you have
Clarence,? the woman said.
Soon, a large tabby and white
tomcat arrived, and was put in
a crate in our barn. The hissing
ball of claws and fur was left
to calm down.
?He?s called Clarence after
the lion in ?Daktari? (the TV
show),? I was told. ?He?s
cross-eyed.?
Slightly scared of
this wild-looking feline,
I eventually found some
strong gloves for feeding
and litter-tray emptying.
After a couple
p e of weeks,
Clarence was let
free and promptly
disappeared,
dissappeared, yet
I continued
ed to leave
food for him.
Occasionally, we
would glimpse
him in the fields
or under
Jerry has always
been a farm cat.
Life
on the
farm
hedge. Eventually
Eventually, he returned
returned,
a hedge
extremely wary.
I would catch sight of him in
the barn peering at me. After
several months, he became
more confident and would wait
for me to feed him. On impulse,
I went to stroke him while he ate
and, wow, he let me.
From then on, Clary, as we
called him, was in the garden,
by the back door, clambering
at the windows, and
waiting for me. During
the summer months, he
ran into the house. Then,
Clary decided he wanted
to be a house cat, not
?CLARY
WANTED TO
BE A HOUSE
CAT, NOT
A FERAL CAT,
AND YES, HE
HAD HIS WAY.?
a feral cat,
cat and yes,
yes he had
his way. We put a cat flap in
for him.
He lived with us for about
six years, before he developed
inoperable skin cancer on his
pink nose. Our very special cat
is now buried in the orchard.
Nellie came next:
a nine-year-old outdoor cat
who needed rehoming. She was
beautiful, black, sleek, and shiny
? a real softie with people, OK
with dogs, but lethal to rabbits
and mice. I remember clearly
the day she dropped a live
baby rabbit into her bowl and
walked away. I spent all morning
looking for the burrow.
She was playful and loved
a cuddle. Her favourite trick was
to tap a loose skirting board
under the sink until it fell down.
We lost lovely Nellie last winter,
after she suffered from kidney
failure. She is also buried in
the orchard.
Jerry, a pretty, young black
and white female, is our latest
cat, and she also lives outside.
Well, not quite outside ? I have
made a warm and secure bed
for her in the tack room. She
is the yard cat, moving around
the horses? legs, and rubbing up
against mine when I go outside.
She came from a farm, via
a rescue centre, and has never
lived in a house, though I am
not sure how long this will last.
Recently, she followed me to the
back door, running in, and then
out again when she saw the
dogs. Time will tell.
All of our feline strays have
brought us a huge amount of
happiness. Those who have
gone are still missed, but have
they really gone? Just before
Christmas, my husband and
I were sitting quietly in the
kitchen reading, when we heard
a dropping noise; it was the
loose skirting board under the
sink being ?tapped? to the floor. ?
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short story
Santa Paws
A black cat helps a frustrated family turn around
a tense Christmas, in this ?ctional short story
by novelist Kathryn Freeman.
Illustration: Emma Thrussell.
J
ake surveyed the
mess of his living room.
A rainbow of coloured
paper and pens littered
the coffee table where his
daughter was working. Glitter
? gold, silver, red, and green
? was everywhere.
Silently, he cursed his
ex-wife. He didn?t
begrudge her
time away
with her new
husband, nor
did he mind
taking care of
their six-year-old
daughter ? hell, he
loved having Sophie
for more than a few
days at a stretch. But
choosing three weeks
over Christmas? Crap
timing. Especially as
he had his hands full
with his other guest.
Sophie let out
a high-pitched squeal.
?Shoo! Go away, Paws.?
As the sleek black cat
jumped elegantly
down from the
coffee table,
Sophie glared at
Jake with teary
eyes. ?He?s just
messed up the
cards I was making.
And we can?t have
a tree because of
him. Stupid cat. I hate him.?
She tossed the blonde
plait he?d painstakingly tied
?I don?t like cats. They mess
things up and stop me having
a Christmas tree.?
this morning, and ran out of
the room.
Jake?s eyes slid over to
where his father sat, slumped
as usual, on the sofa. ?That?s
your fault,? he muttered testily,
albeit unfairly.
His father glared back. ?We
didn?t ask to be wrenched
from our home.?
And I didn?t ask to have you
here. Jake bit back the words.
It wasn?t his father?s fault he?d
taken a tumble, or that his
rehabilitation was proving
frustratingly slow.
Paws jumped neatly onto
the sofa, curling up beside
his owner.
?There, there, my beauty.
Ignore the grumpy git and sit
with me.? His father?s arthritic
fingers stroked the glossy
fur, a brief flash of pleasure
crossing his weathered face
before he shoved his nose
back into his newspaper.
Jake sighed and started
towards the stairs, and his
daughter. A knock at the door
stopped him in his tracks.
?Tabby.? Delight burst
through his sour mood at
the sight of his gorgeous
girlfriend. Thank God he could
still call her that, after letting
her down three times this
week, thanks to a run of colds,
and Sophie?s refusal to be left
with his dad and the ?scary?
black cat.
Tabby gave him a warmer
smile than he deserved. ?Is
now a good time??
?Any time you come to see
me is a good time.? For one
blissful moment, he forgot his
upset daughter and his sullen
father, and drew Tabby into
his arms.
?Who?s that??
Sophie stood behind him,
her cheeks still wet with tears.
?This is Tabby, my girlfriend.? It
wasn?t that he hadn?t wanted
the two to meet, just that on
the days he had Sophie, he
liked to devote all his attention
to her, and vice versa.
?Tabby?s a cat name.
I don?t like cats. They mess
things up and stop me having
a Christmas tree.?
Tabby looked startled, but
recovered quickly and gave
Sophie an understanding
smile. ?Tabby is actually short
for Tabitha, but I can see why
you might be cross with a cat.
They don?t always understand
what we try to tell them.? She
glanced up at Jake. ?I didn?t
know you had a cat??
?He?s Granddad?s
cat,? interrupted Sophie.
?Granddad?s got to stay here
?cause he hurt himself, so Paws
had to come as well.?
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?Sophie observed cautiously, her eyes
rounding as Paws shifted onto his back,
so Tabby could tickle his tummy.?
?OK, Sophie.? Jake pointed
his daughter in the direction
of the sitting room. ?Start
clearing your stuff up, please.
I?ll be there in a minute.?
She gave him a hostile look.
?Is he still in there??
?Paws is asleep on the sofa.?
Sophie started to move,
then halted, eyes focused on
Tabby. ?Is she the one cooking
us Christmas dinner??
As a look of shock crossed
Tabby?s face, Jake reeled back,
equally confused. ?What do
you mean??
?You told me you don?t
know how to cook a turkey,
but you knew someone
who did.?
?That wasn?t, I didn?t?? he
trailed off, frustrated. ?Just go
and sort out the mess, please.?
When she finally
disappeared, Jake turned
back to Tabby, who looked
about as annoyed as he felt.
?When were you going to
tell me I was required to be
your chef??
?You?re not. I was going to
ask you over??
?To cook.?
?No.? The word came
out as a strangled mix of
exasperation and anger. ?Jeez,
do you really think I only want
you for your culinary skills??
?I?m beginning to wonder
if you want me at all,? she
replied quietly.
A deep, painful ache
bloomed in his chest. ?Of
course I want you.? He tilted
her chin, lifting her eyes to
his. ?More than you can
possibly know.?
?Then when can I see you??
To hell with it, he thought,
and tugged at her hand.
?Does now work??
Surprise chased across her
face. ?I thought, because you
kept cancelling, you didn?t
want me to meet your family.?
?God, no.? How on earth
had he given her that idea?
?I just wanted you all to
myself. No cantankerous old
man, no stroppy kid. Just you
and me.?
?I like old men and kids.? She
nudged his side. ?And cats.?
Her smile was infectious and
as they walked into the sitting
room, Jake felt 10 pounds
lighter. Three pairs of eyes met
them; old, young, and feline.
?Dad, this is Tabby,
my girlfriend.?
His father grunted, though
he shifted on the sofa, sitting
noticeably straighter.
?Oh, what a gorgeous
cat.? Tabby walked over and
began to fuss over Paws,
eliciting an irrational pang
of jealousy from Jake as her
hands smoothed over the cat?s
glossy coat.
?He?s called Paws,? his father
said gruffly. ?Had him for
12 years.?
?Aren?t you handsome??
Tabby cooed at the cat.
Sophie observed cautiously,
her eyes rounding as Paws
shifted onto his back, so
Tabby could tickle his tummy.
?You know having a cat
doesn?t stop you having
a Christmas tree,? Tabby said
to the hovering Sophie. ?There
are ways you can cat-proof
a Christmas tree.?
?Really??
Tabby smiled warmly.
?Really,? she replied.
Sophie?s face lit up with
delight and she darted over to
Jake. ?Did you hear that? You
said we couldn?t.?
?A guy at work said
a tree wasn?t a good idea.?
But heavens, if he?d known
it meant this much to his
daughter, he?d have looked
into it.
?Can we have one now??
Sophie started to bounce up
and down.
He glanced over to Tabby,
who nodded. ?Artificial would
be best.?
?Then it looks like we need
to buy ourselves a tree.?
?And a turkey for Christmas
Day?? Sophie added gleefully.
?Ah yes, about that.? He was
aware of Tabby?s eyes on him.
?When I said I knew someone
who could cook a turkey,
I actually meant Granddad.?
?Granddad?? Sophie gaped.
?Yes. Your granddad used to
be a chef.?
Sophie started to giggle,
bolting back to the sofa. ?You
can cook a turkey??
His father chuckled
? actually flipping chuckled.
?I can.? He nodded down to
Paws. ?Do you want to stroke
him, Sophie??
At Sophie?s conflicted look,
Tabby smiled reassuringly.
?He?s lovely and soft.?
Tentatively, Sophie
touched Paws? fur. ?He?s
making a funny noise.?
?He?s purring, lass,? his
father murmured. ?It means
he?s happy.?
Sophie crouched, stroking
Paws more confidently as
she looked into the cat?s
eyes. ?Sorry I was horrid to
you. I?m glad you?re here for
Christmas.? She glanced up at
Jake. ?We need to tell Santa
he has to bring a present
for Paws.?
Jake nodded, emotion
catching at his throat, as
Sophie began to chatter away
to his father about what
Paws liked.
Tabby quietly withdrew,
coming to stand next to him,
her hand wrapping around
his. ?You look better. Far
less frazzled than when you
opened the door.?
?You make everything
much better.?
Her expression turned soft,
and she sighed as he hugged
her. Now he had a Christmas
to look forward to. ?
Having spent 20
years working
in medical
communications in
the pharmaceutical
industry, Kathryn Freeman
began life as a writer in
2011. She pens both medical
pieces and romance novels.
Kathryn?s recent
work includes the
e-book, ?A Little
Christmas Faith?,
which follows the
story of Faith,
whose new hotel
in the Lake District
opens its doors
to the handsome but
Christmas-hating Adam.
This winter also sees the
release of Kathryn?s fifth
paperback with Choc Lit,
?A Second Christmas Wish?.
Melissa has always believed
that Christmas is overrated,
but now her seven-year-old
son seems to have lost his
festive spirit too. Can
newcomer Daniel
McCormick help
their wishes
come true?
*We have
five copies
of ?A Second
Christmas Wish?
to give away. Turn
to page 74!
Win!
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YOUR KITTEN
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respect a new arrival.
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Friends for life
Inviting a kitten into the fold is an exciting time for children,
but it pays to prepare them for the new arrival.
here?s no doubt how
important pets are to
children; they teach
them about love,
compassion, and responsibility,
among countless other life
lessons. So it?s easy to see why
many parents see the benefits
of introducing a kitten to
the family when children are
young. While it?s fantastic
if both child and pet can
grow up together, there are
a few things to consider if you
want to make sure it?s done in
harmony, with mutual respect
and love. After all, kittens are
animals, not cuddly toys!
KITTEN TALK
It?s important to have a chat
with your child before the
kitten comes home. Of course
they?re going to be excited
about welcoming a new
pet, but you need to make
sure you put some basic
boundaries in place from
the beginning.
One of the main things you
need to encourage is for them
to be gentle and give the new
kitten plenty of space during
the first few weeks. It?s also
a great idea if some ground
rules are put in place, such as
shutting doors or windows,
and outlining any areas of the
house that are out of bounds
for the kitten.
HUSH HUSH
Homes with children are often
louder and could be more
stressful for a nervous kitten,
so it?s important to have
quiet time while your kitten is
settling in.
Encourage your children
to speak with a soft tone
at a lower volume during
these early days, as this time
needs to be as stress free as
possible ? often easier said
than done!
Of course, some kittens
will adapt more quickly than
others; it all depends on
whether they?ve encountered
children before, the nature
of the breed, and the kitten?s
individual tolerance levels.
FUN CHORES
Once the kitten has settled
in, it?s a good idea to give
children some responsibilities.
You could create a timetable
or star chart which gives the
children various pet care
tasks on different days, such
as feeding, grooming, and
assisting with vet visits.
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YOUR KITTEN
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Tall scratch posts
provide ideal
getaway spots.
This will stop sibling squabbles
over who does what, and you
could offer small rewards for
completing a certain amount
of tasks. Litter trays are best
kept out of all children?s
reach; it might be an idea to
buy hooded trays with doors
which children can?t open.
PURRFECT PICK-UPS
Upon seeing a cute kitten,
many young children will have
a tendency to squeal with
excitement and grab at him
? which is a big no-no! Not
only could this distress the
kitten, but the child also risks
getting scratched or bitten.
It?s best that toddlers are
never encouraged to pick up
a kitten, but if older children
insist on picking him up for
cuddles, they should know
Did you
know?
the right way to go about it.
A kitten should always be
picked up with two hands,
using one hand to support the
chest and the other to support
his back end. If you don?t think
the kitten will tolerate being
picked up, it?s best avoided.
Signs of an unhappy kitten
include pulled-back ears,
twitching tail, and wide eyes
? spotting these early will
help to avoid any incidents.
ESCAPE ROUTES
Kittens need space and time
to relax, which may be difficult
if they always have a child
in tow!
Make sure there are some
escape opportunities in place.
High shelving, tall scratch
posts, empty spaces on the
top of cupboards, cardboard
boxes, and space underneath
beds all work as hiding
places. If you have very
young children, it may also be
Buying a litter tray
with a door will
be worth it with
children around.
a good idea to have stair gates
installed, so your kitten can
retreat upstairs if needed.
All young animals spend
large portions of their days
sleeping in order to grow and
develop, so children should
know that their new friend
isn?t up for fun 100 per cent of
the time. Make sure his bed is
also kept in a quiet corner of
the house, not in a busy hub
like a living room or kitchen.
BUILD A BOND
It?s a wonderful sight when
a cat and child develop
a loving, lifelong bond, and
there are many ways this can
be achieved.
Allowing your child to
engage in several short play
sessions with the kitten
every day will provide them
both with lots of fun and
stimulation, and should also
bring them closer together.
Before your kitten arrives,
you could take a trip to your
local pet shop and let your
child pick out a selection of
wand and fishing rod-style
toys, ready for playtime.
Teaching your child the
best spots to stroke your
kitten is also useful. Ideal
places include the ears, chest,
neck, and back, while sensitive
areas, such as the feet, tummy,
and tail, should be avoided. ?
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YOUR KITTEN
Find a kitten
Welcome to our pedigree kitten directory!
The listing includes breeders whose
entries are colour-coded to help you ?nd
kittens local to you.
? SCOTLAND ? NORTH EAST ? YORKSHIRE ? EAST MIDLANDS ? EAST ANGLIA
? LONDON ? SOUTH EAST ? SOUTH WEST ? WEST MIDLANDS ? WALES ? NORTH WEST
Bengal
British Shorthair
IDLEBECK British. Chocolates, Lilacs,
Blacks & Blues. Carefully home-reared,
GCCF registered. Tel: 01483 235748
(Surrey)
Email: british@idlebeck.co.uk
www.idlebeck.co.uk ?
See JACOU Burmese
See ACORNPAWS British Shorthair
Chinchilla
VILLIERS CHINCHILLAS &
GOLDEN PERSIANS
Sired By IMP/GR CH CH parents.
Working with German, Dutch & English
lines. Vac/Reg/Ins, PKD Negative tested
& Microchipped. Kittens available,
Chinchilla and golden kittens
available now.
Tel: 01406 259 232 Mob: 07960 883 233
email: janet.chinnys@gmail.com
www.villierschinchillas.co.uk ?
Norwegian Forest
NORWEGIAN
FOREST CAT CLUB
www.nfcc.co.uk
Hon Sec and
Welfare:
07966 138519
Kitten List and
Breeders List:
01484 649672
Oriental
Cornish Rex
Burmese
See RASTAKESHI Cornish Rex
RASTAKESHI CORNISH & DEVON REX.
Quality kittens available to loving homes,
bred underfoot with love and care.
Tel: 07712268869 www.rastakeshi.co.uk ?
British Shorthair
British Shorthairs
GCCF Registered
kittens from show
winning lines (Bucks)
01753 675066 www.pennypurr.co.uk Q
ACORNPAWS BRITISH SHORTHAIRS.
Blue, Silver, Cream, Tabbies & Spotties.
Bengals ? all colours.
Kittens usually available.
Studs available in both breeds.
Tel: 01704 841991 (Lancs)
email: acorncattery@aol.com
www.acorncattery.com ?
BURMESE CAT CLUB recommends
kittens should be at least 13 weeks old
before leaving, registered/
fully vaccinated house-trained, in good
health and well adjusted.
Rescue & Rehoming 01483 828625
Lost & Found 01323 483424
www.burmesecatclub.com ?
Devon Rex
Persian
JACOU BURMESE KITTENS
All kittens sometimes available and
are brought-up indoors in loving family
surroundings. Kittens are H.K. negative.
Tel June 0161 980 2383 ( Cheshire/
Manchester )
Email:jacoucats@googlemail.com ?
BRYNULA DEVON AND CORNISH REX
KITTENS. Home-reared used to dogs.
Loving homes only. Member of the GCCF
Breeders Scheme, Vaccinated, Insured
and Micropchipped.
Tel: 01507 480231 Mobile: 07904 960701
email: angie_christoffersen@hotmail.com ?
See LEIBLING Ragdolls
See EMERISLE Ragdoll
See RASTAKESHI Cornish Rex
British Shorthair
Tel: 01626 334242
Email: susannewman623@btinternet.com
www.moormist-britishcats.co.uk
SONERI - Superb white persian kittens,
Imperial Grand Champion sired.
Show/breed/pet - other colours
available.
Tel: 01303 261065 (Kent)
www.soneripersians.co.uk ?
Golden Persian
BLUZEE PERSIANS.
Stunning kittens for sale. Black,
white, blue, cream, red, tortoiseshell, blue-cream and bi-colour.
Home-reared, Registered,
Vaccinated, Insured.
From Champions/Grand Champions.
Tel: 01277 372086 (Brentwood)
Moormist British Shorthairs
Outstanding kittens available now from GCCF titled parents.
Red, Black, Blue, Bicolours & Black Torties. All GCCF registered,
vaccinated, litter trained, wormed etc.
OOTHA Siamese and Orientals.
Good type, home-reared kittens from
show stock. FeLV/FIV tested.
For details contact Marjorie DavidsonSmith Tel: 01707 264450 (Herts).
Email: pentirah5@ntlworld.com ?
www.bluzeepersians.co.uk
See VILLIERS Chinchilla
Maine Coon
See VILLIERS Chinchilla
Ragdoll
AMORAMIST MAINE COONS,
Breeding Large Boned. Silver and Brown,
selfs and many other colours with or
without white in tabby. Kittens now for
sale, including pure whites.
All enquiries welcome.
T: Mareen 01326 240907 (SW Cornwall)
E: mareenholdenritchie@yahoo.co.uk
ww.amoramist.com ?
LEIBLING RAGDOLLS gorgeous babies.
Indoor homes preferred. Both Parents
have been HCM & PKD tested and can be
seen. Registered, Vaccinated, Insured.
Member of TBRCC Tel: 01225 719057
(Wiltshire) www.leiblingcats.com ?
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YOUR KITTEN
Ragdoll
Siamese
Emerisle Ragdoll
& Scottish Fold
SIAMESE
Kittens sometimes
available
to loving homes.
Established 1988
01707 264450 (Hertfordshire)
pentirah5@aol.com
pentirah5@ntlworld.com
Kitten/stud enquiries to Jeanette Fitzpatrick
01943 461852 / 07774 650217
E: fitzpatrick.jeanette@googlemail.com
www.emerisle-cats.co.uk
P.R.B.C.C. breeder of the year 11 years running
Siamese
TRADITIONAL OLD STYLE SIAMESE KITTENS
JARMILA SIAMESE available to
quality homes. Home reared to
be loving, affectionate pets and
companions. Superb look and
wonderful temperament
Tel: 01908 311376 (Bucks)
www.jarmilasiamese.co.uk
Sphynx
POLLYBEE SIAMESE. Specialising in
beautiful Blue & Lilac point Siamese,
Tabby point Siamese sometimes
available. Kittens available now.
Tel: 01745 850008 or 07528 596218
email: pollybeecats@icloud.com
www.pollybeesiamese.co.uk ?
Siamese CC Welfare Trust
REG. CHARITY NO. 1072366
Rescue, Rehome, and Advice
on Siamese Cats.
For contacts in your area call:
0208 464 8857 / 01473 830894
www.siameserescue.org.uk
WOOZLES SPHYNX. Unique
personalities, mischief makers yet
adorable. Looking for special loving
indoor homes. Superb temperaments.
GCCF Registered/vaccinated. Variety of
colours. Please call Sue Bloxham
01621 815769 (Essex).
Email: sue@woozlessphynxcats.co.uk ?
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SPOT THE
DIFFERENCE
Reader?s kitten
of the month
Stephanie Callister-Jarrold of
Gestingthorpe, Essex, was more
than happy to rescue littermates,
Cicero and Chia.
Having just had my cat Sasha put to sleep at 17 years old,
this was the end of an era. I still had Her Serene Highness
Princess Pandora, her brother Pushkin, and beautiful black
girl Persephone, but it was time we started a new gang.
I contacted all the local rescue centres, but no one
seemed to have anything other than feral kittens,
which I did not believe would fit in with my existing
brood. On checking the RSPCA?s Danaher Animal Home
website, I discovered they had a family of six kittens from
a Bengal-cross mother ? two black and whites, and four
calicos. As luck would have it, a family had been to visit
two of the kittens but hadn?t followed through, so would
I like to see them? Would I!
I was introduced to these two gorgeous kittens ? black
and white Cicero and calico Chia. I have always been
a fan of the artist Rosina Wachtmeister, and Chia could be
one of her models, with squares of black and calico. It was
love at first sight and I reserved them straight away.
Before long, I was collecting my new gang and bringing
them home. They have fitted in really well and, after
a few days of hissing, are loved by everyone. I have had
them ?zipped?, so there?s no chance of any extra kittens
arriving unexpectedly! Here?s to a long and happy life in
the countryside. ?
The siblings
enjoy a snuggle.
answers from
page 59.
COULD YOUR KITTEN BE OUR KITTEN OF THE MONTH?
Send your entries, including a photo and around 250
words, to editorial@yourcat.co.uk with the subject ?Kitten
of the Month?. Don?t forget to include your name, your
kitten?s name, and your full address!
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