Stray cats during the Winter
We have had a great number of calls regarding stray cats and we regret that we do not have the capacity at this moment to take them into our pens. However there are a few things that you can do to help these poor cats survive the cold weather:
Provide a shelter - If possible allow the cat access to a garage or shed or even dog kennel to shelter from the weather. Or alternatively create a shelter/bed outdoors from straw. Even a piece of wood resting against a wall can provide a dry spot for a cat to rest from the cold and frost.
Provide food and water - During freezing conditions cats can have a hard time finding water to drink. Kitten food is also good for feeding strays during the winter as it has a high fat content and plenty of vitamins.
If you have found a stray cat, please let us know so we can check whether it is chipped or requires neutering and we will help the cat as soon as we can. Telephone 01942 888693/07773341463 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Your help will ensure more cats survive this cold winter. Thanks
Allowing time for your rescue cat to settle...
If you are thinking of adopting a rescue cat or have recently adopted one of our feline friends, then please bear in mind just how difficult a life these stray and and abandoned animals have had. When the cats first come into care they are often very scared, unsure of humans and it takes them a while to adapt to their new surroundings. Cats on the whole
don't like change! When rescue cats are adopted and go to new homes they often become very scared again and may hide, become defensive or show some signs of aggression. This is the cats way of telling you they are afraid. Remember that this is a very unsettling experience for your cat and they will need time to adapt and get used to their new life. This may take a day or so or even a few weeks depending upon the cat. Just like people, they are all different.
It's often best to leave your new cat alone when they first come home. Show it where its food, water and litter tray is and then leave puss to come round in its own time. Although you may feel like stroking and cuddling puss, remember that they don't know you yet, and have found themselves in a strange and scary place. Puss will let you know when they are feeling more safe and confident. Unlike people, you can't tell a cat what is happening, they will need time to get to know and trust you. Please give your cat a chance and be patient, don't panic and feel that the cat isn't right for you after all. Asking us to take the cat back into care is not only extremely upsetting for puss but also for our fosterers who give a lot of their time, love and energy in caring for these cats.
By choosing to adopt a rescue cat you are doing a wonderful thing! You are giving an abandoned, stray animal the chance of a new, happy life which is what every single one of our rescue cats deserve - don't give up on them! If you would like to talk to us about settling your cat in its new home, then please contact us.