Appeal for Marmalade! ....
Marmalade is a big ginger tom, who came into care after a member of the public reported him as an injured stray. We didn't realise at first the extent of Marmalade's injuries until we took him straight to the local vets. We initially thought he had been involved in a fight with another animal, but the vets informed us that Marmalade's injuries were actually severe burns - most likely caused by a someone pouring scalding hot water onto his back.
Marmalade stayed in the vets for a week and is now being cared for by his foster mum. Marmalade is also undergoing some laser treatment to even his skin out, as the new skin which is healing is higher than his old skin. He is an extremely brave boy and didn't grumble when he had his wound cleaned twice a day. He's so gentle and loving and needlessly suffered horrific injuries.
Thanks to your support Cats Protection were able to rescue and rehabilitate him. Marmalade is doing really well and we are glad to say that he will be going to his new forever home when he has fully recovered from his injuries. If you would like to help us continue rescuing and rehabilitating more cats like Marmalade that need specialist veterinary treatment, then we would gladly welcome a donation! For details on how to donate please contact Betty our branch treasurer on 01942 670196.
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 make 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 recsue 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.