When people come to adopt a cat or kitten from us, they often ask how so many cats end up being cared for by charities. There are various reasons, here are some of them :--- Couples get divorced, and neither party can take the cat : Houses are re-possessed and people find that they cannot have a cat at their new address : People and their children become allergic : People go abroad : A cat has had kittens and the owner cannot cope : People report that they are feeding a stray, and have been for months or sometimes years.
Of course, then there are the bad cases of cruelty and neglect, some of which are shown below.
Hopefully after reading this page you will understand how much time and effort is put in by the members of our charity, and how much money is needed to keep up this work, with so many cats coming into our care that need veterinary treatment.
Alfie is a lovely Siamese cat who had a few problems when he came into care. He was underweight and had a very bad infection in one ear plus one 'Dew' claw was torn out. He was on antibiotics for 3 weeks and then suddenly, last week, he went off his food and was very depressed. After tests, he was found to have a pancreatic infection, so spent some time at the vets on a drip. He soon perked up, and after wrecking his pen, and chewing through the drip, he was sent home with special food.
Paddy and Patsy & Benny and Bobby
Patsy & Paddy and Benny & Bobby are kittens that needed hand-rearing.
Patsy and Paddy were dumped on a lady's doorstep when only about a week old. She took them into her vets, who passed them into our care a week later. They were lucky to survive.
Benny and Bobby were two of three kittens found in someone's shed when they were only a couple of days old. Their mother was a feral cat, and although a trap was set for her for several days, she was never caught. The three kittens suffered badly with cat-flu, and unfortunately one of them died. Benny and Bobby had lots of problems, but somehow managed to survive. They are now fully grown and looking for experienced new owners, as they still get stuffed up noses.
Caring for these little hand-rears is hard work. Their fosterers suffer a lot of sleepless nights, and need a lot of time and patience. They do a very good job turning them into re-homeable kittens.
Douglas was a stray who was on our waiting list to come into care. We had just found a space for him when the lady who was feeding him, rang to say that he had arrived for his breakfast with an injury to his tail. He was taken to the vets but unfortunately had to have his tail amputated. He came into our care until he had recovered, and is now living happily in his new home.
Priscilla came to us because her owner could no longer keep her. She was pitifully thin, very depressed, and could hardly stand, in fact she weighed only half of what she should weigh. The reason for this was that her mouth was in such a state that she couldn't eat, and was slowly starving to death. She has now had all her teeth removed and is gradually putting on a bit of weight and learning to take pride in her appearance again.
The lesson here is, please make regular checks on your cats mouth and teeth, they are very important to your cats good health. All this suffering is so easily avoided.
Russ was found with his collar caught under his front leg causing a nasty wound shown below.
It took a lot of nursing by his fosterer to restore him to good health.
PLEASE, If you are going to put a collar on your cat, make sure it is fitted properly, so that just one finger fits easily underneath. Make sure that it either has an elastic insert or a snap release buckle, so that your cat can get out of it if he catches it anywhere. And most important of all , check the fit every week as collars can stretch, making them too loose and cats grow, making their collar too tight.
Bramble came in to us so matted up that he had to be shaved, but didn't need to be sedated at all as he was so good natured. He was also very smelly as he had lumps of poo tangled in his bloomers (See picture on right) He must have been very uncomfortable, poor boy, and much happier when he returned from the vets with his poodle cut. Sadly, Bramble was diagnosed with a liver tumour and passed away in his sleep in his new home.
Teddy and Misty
Teddy and Misty also came in very tangled up and needing a shave, although they needed to be anaesthetized, Teddy had enormous lumps of fur all down his sides and he could hardly move his head. These two are now happy in their new homes and enjoying being brushed and combed.
Whiskas was found at the bottom of a wheelie bin when he was only about 10weeks old. He was taken to the vets and it was discovered that his hind leg was broken in two places. The vets thought the best option was to remove the leg and the picture shows him after his operation. Whiskas has adjusted well to life on three legs and now has a very good home with one of our members who has an enclosed garden.
To read the Story of Whiskas click
Alfie was found in a stable when he was about 4 months old. He was taken to the vets as he was suffering from a lot of pain in his lower back. The vet said he had probably been kicked and this had caused the ball of his hip joint to crumble away. He needed an operation to completely remove the ball of his hip joint. He recovered well from his operation and has now been adopted by his fosterer.
Dusty was found when he was about 7 weeks old, scavenging in a wheelie bin at an old peoples' home. He had scabby patches on his nose and ears which turned out to be Ringworm. He had to be quarantined for 6 weeks but has now recovered completely.
Smirnoff was found by someone after the rest of his litter had been eaten by a dog. He was a very small, frail little kitten, and had no fur on his ears. After lots of loving care, he grew strong enough to be re-homed and is now very happy with his new owners.
Purdy was reported to us by a lady who said that there was a cat having kittens on her doorstep. We responded immediately and waited with her while she had the remainder of her five kittens . It is not a good idea to move a cat in the middle of giving birth as they can then retain a kitten resulting in the death of that kitten and possibly also the mother cat. After giving birth Purdy was installed in a warm comfortable pen to bring up her babies. She was a very good Mum and all her kittens were successfully rehomed. She was rehomed too, after being spayed, but unfortunately escaped and has been missing since. This is very upsetting for us and her new owners, especially after what she had already suffered.
Click to see details of missing Purdy.
Rosie was reported as a heavily pregnant stray in late October. She was admitted to our pens and gave birth to four kittens the following day. Two weeks later Rosie was taken ill with Pyometra which is a collection of pus in the uterus. She was immediately taken to the vets for an emergency operation. This meant that her kittens had to be bottle fed every 3/4 hours while Mum recovered from her operation. She accepted them back happily after a few days and they have now all been rehomed. Unfortunately, Rosie started to be sick quite often and was taken to the vets for a scan which revealed Inflammatory Bowel disease. She has been put on a special diet and is now gaining weight and looking for a new owner who is happy to cope with this.
If Rosie hadn't been reported to us and had given birth outside somewhere, she and her kittens would not have survived.
Candy is another very young cat reported to us as heavily pregnant and abandoned with several other un-neutered cats when the owner moved away. Candy is so young and so small that she managed to give birth to the first two kittens, then her body shut down and the next day she had to have a caesarean to give birth to another two. The operation and treatment cost the Charity £291.00, so let this be a warning to those who allow their female cats to have kittens. Things don't always go smoothly and spaying is cheaper.
We take in many cats found in the same situations as Purdy, Rosie and Candy, PLEASE, PLEASE, get your female cats spayed and your males neutered and REMEMBER that in 5years, one female cat can be responsible for 20,000 offspring.
Below is what was supposedly an actual want advertisement placed in a paper - obviously a spoof on ads seeking new homes for " favourite " pets.
""Please Help! We're in the process of moving. We must immediately get rid of our two children now because there won't be any room in our new place. Since we are leaving on Monday, we MUST place the children in new homes by this weekend !! They are described as follows:
One male, white, blonde hair, blue eyes, 10 years old. Excellent disposition. He doesn't bite. Name is John. Temperament tested. Tonsils removed already and very healthy condition ! John eats everything, is very clean, house-trained and gets along well with other children. With a little time and training, he will do well in a new home.
One female, white, brown curly hair, green eyes, 11 years old. Can be surly at times. Her name is Mary. Temperament tested but needs a little attitude adjusting occasionally. She is very healthy and happy (mostly). Gets along well with boys and girls but does not like to share toys. She is house-trained and would do best in a one-child household.
We really LOVE our children and want to do what is best for them. Ours is a UNIQUE situation and we have a real emergency here ! They must be placed by Sunday night at the latest. ""
This represents a similar call I am sure every rescue organisation has received.