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From Marion at the cattery.

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Christmas Filladish 2012. 
Would you, your friends, family or work mates like to give a Christmas dinner to one of our Kitties!?
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November 2012

Christmas Barn Dance

We are delighted to announce our Christmas Barn dance, with fantastic caller Pete Skiffin, and a great raffle in aid of The Scratching Post Cat Rescue.

Hold the date in your diary!! Saturday 1st December.

Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start. Finishes 11pm.
Venue - Cheshunt School, College Road, Cheshunt, Herts EN8 9LY.

No experience necessary, just lots of fun!

Tickets £8.50.
Please bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles!
For tickets for or information please contact Jayne on 07960 115809 or email ambertigs@yahoo.co.uk
Tickets also available now to buy from the Cattery

October 2012

Amazon Wish List
A huge THANK YOU to everyone that has sent us items from our 'Wish List' via Amazon we enjoy getting the parcels and the cats also get the added bonus of having a cardboard box to play in!!!. We don't always get a note to say who the items are from and can't thank you individually, but you know who you are, and we just wanted to say we appreciate your kindness.
You will see that most of the items we need are very practical - food, litter etc. We are desperately low on funds which is why we are so grateful for the essentials. People have kindly donated a lot of toys which the cats are working their way through.
 
Any good quality food is really appreciated - we've chosen just a selection for our wish list x x x
 
India's kittens
We have 5 adorable bundles of fluff looking for their forever homes - please give a black fluffy kitten a chance, they have been overlooked so far.
 
Rainbow Bridge
Dear Mist came to us in March 2012 he was in a very bad condition with a nasty burn to his back, he was not neutered and had been found as a stray in East London. Our vets thought he was probably middle aged. 

 We soon discovered Mist was quite a character being the most cuddly, craving attention fuss pot ever, and suddenly without warning he would turn into a 'Wild Tiger" and cling on to any leg or arm that was available and go in for the kill OUCH!!!!!
We often compared our war wounds after having been in to clean out his room! Even so when he was in his 'pussy cat' mode we loved him dearly.

Mist proved very difficult to rehome, he blew his chances on a couple of occasions by biting the brave candidates that were willing to even consider him!!! So instead of him being locked in solitary confinement for ever we decided to allow him the freedom of the yard during the late afternoons when no one was around to get in his way!! He would often visit Susan and fall asleep in her spare room, or find a cosy spot in the portacabin.

On 19th October 2012 he seemed off colour and wasn't interested in his breakfast, he was kept in that day to monitor his health but the next morning he had very rapidly deteriorated and was rushed to the vets where he was diagnosed with acute organ failure Mist was peacefully euthanised on the advice of our vet.

Enjoy your adventures at the Rainbow Bridge Mist xxx

 
 


Natural Instinct Cat 'Fud'
 
We are now an official stockist of Natural Instinct Cat Food, (we can also order dog food if you let us know in advance) If you are a member of the Scratching Post you will have read about this product in our recent news letter.
We recommend this as a diet for cats of all ages, some cats will have to be weaned onto it slowly, but once they take to it you will be feeding a natural diet, free of cereals and vegetables that cats would not usually choose to eat. It does take some commitment from cat owners, especially if you are used to feeding dry food, this is very convenient for the human but not a brilliant diet for our felines.
Come to the cattery during our regular opening hours if you'd like to find out more!
 

 

Animal Friends

We have received the email from the lovely people at Animal Friends confirming that The Scratching Post will be donated £2,000 for coming in at 2nd place. We closed the voting at midnight on Sunday with 935 votes with 1st place having 1029 votes.

This is a remarkable achievement considering that the charity that came 1st had over 8,000 'likes' on their facebook page and we had only 303 'likes' on our facebook page when the competition started!

Thank you each and every single one of  YOU for voting for us, for sharing our posts, for offering your words of support and for harassing your friends and campaigning to get more votes!

Thank you also to all the other local and international cat charities who have offered their support and campaigned on our behalf, we couldn’t have asked for better support.

We would also like to offer our congratulations to the other three amazing charities that took part in the vote, the Happy Staffie Rescue, Greatwood and Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre. Last but by no means least, our thanks to Animal Friends for setting up this fantastic competition whereby all the charities come out winners.

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Homing

We are full to bursting with cats and kittens as always! Please check our Give a cat a Home page to see a selection of those available.
What nice way to go into the Autumn season than with a cat or two to keep you company by the fireside?
 

 

FETE NEWS 



Thank you to everyone who came to the Scratching Post Summer Bazaar, a lovely day was had by all and the sunshine that we pre-ordered made the day purrfect! We will send an update soon on how much money was raised.

The winners of the Grand Prize Raffle Draw 2012 were :-
1st Prize: Clemerson - ticket no. 06299
2nd Prize: Liz Woodman - ticket no. 05209
3rd Prize: Kerry Hall - ticket no. 13060
Runner up prizes went to Connie Shepherd; Christine Scales; Lyn Newbon; K. McGovern and Mrs M Nicholls who kindly donated her bottle of Pimms back for our next raffle.

Thank you to everyone that bought tickets for the raffle and made donations, we raised a fantastic £2,206.75!
  

Can you help us!?

We have found out from Animal Friends Pet Insurance that The Scratching Post are one of their 4 chosen charities for September. This means that if The Scratching Post were to win the most amount of public votes, we could be awarded £5000!

Please can you log onto https://www.facebook.com/FeelGoodPark

It only takes 5 mouse clicks:
Just go to the page above
Choose Vote for a Charity
Authorise the App
click on The Scratching Post to highlight the circle
and click Submit.
Please get all your friends and family to vote too, the money would make such a huge difference to our charity.
Thanks everyone!
 

 CHRISTMAS BARN DANCE

With fantastic caller PETE SKIFFINS!

On Saturday 1st December 2012, at Cheshunt School, College Road, Cheshunt, Herts, EN8 9LY

 

No previous dance skills necessary, just a great fun social evening!

 

Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm start until 11pm.

Tickets are £8.50 each - must be bought in advance.

 

Please bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles!

 

Raffle tickets being sold for some great prizes!

 

All proceeds to the Scratching Post.

 

For tickets for or information please contact Jayne on 07960  115809 or email ambertigs@yahoo.co.uk

 

 


 

Sunday 9th Sept The Scratching Post Open Day and Grand Prize Draw Raffle!

 

The Open Day will be held on Sunday 9th September 11am – 3pm at The Scratching Post Rescue Centre, Woodgreen Road, Off Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3RA (Junction 26 M25). Please park in the car park opposite The Woodbine Pub. There will be lots of great items for sale – jewellery, home made produce, craft items and much more. Refreshments available. Admission is free but a donation of cat food would be appreciated.

 

If you are a member, you will have recieved 2 books of raffle tickets for you to try and sell to be entered into our Grand Prize Draw to be held on our Open Day. There are many fantastic prizes to be won! More raffle ticket books will be available to collect from the cattery or shop, alternatively, please contact Jayne on 07960 115809 or email thescratchingpost@hotmail.co.uk Please return raffle ticket stubs and cheques, made payable to The Scratching Post, to either the shop, cattery or return to the Promoter’s address found on the raffle tickets.

 

Please note - you can also come along to our shelter any time during our regular opening hours - don't wait for the homing days or special events!!


Please scroll down (past all our gorgeous kitten pics!) for a map of how to get to the shelter.


August 2012
NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN! (And it won't cost you a penny!)
You may remember that we have found out from Animal Friends Pet Insurance that The Scratching Post are scheduled to be one of their 4 chosen charities later in the year. This means that if The Scratching Post were to w...
in the most amount of public votes, we could be awarded £5000!
This month Lothian Cat Rescue have been chosen. They have agreed to vote for us when we get chosen and ask that we do the same for them. Please can you log onto https://www.facebook.com/FeelGoodPark and vote for Lothian Cat Rescue, they are a small group of volunteers that do fantastic work rescuing cats, they desperately need money toward food and vets bills.
It only takes 5 mouse clicks: Just go to the page above, Choose Vote for a Charity, Authorise the App and then click on Lothian Cat Rescue and click Submit. Please give L.C.R your support in this vote which runs until 31st August. Thanks eveyone!

KITTEN HOMING APPEAL!

We have kittens comig out of our ears and no-where for them to go! If you are thinking about homing a kitten, please come to us. Please please please don't encourage unscrupluous breeding by buying a kitten. People are still not getting the message about neutering. We have LOADS of pregnant cats and kittens on our waiting list who desperately need our help because their 'owners' have failed to get them neutered - for whatever reason....
Our gorgeous kittens are all health checked and vaccinated. At 5-6 months they are neutered - if you adopt an un-neutered kitten from us you must agree to have them neutered when they are old enough.
 
We are very sorry but we cannot home kittens to homes with small children.
 
Here are some of our new mums with their kittens - these aren't ready for re-homing yet but we have lots moregorgeous kittens who are - please call or visit us for more details and take a look at our GIVE A CAT A HOME PAGE for a selection of kittens desperately seeking their forever homes.
 
JUST IN - PREGNANT MUM, WAS LIVING AS A STRAY
 We have run out of foster homes now (they are all full up) so she is in our maternity unit at the cattery (not open to visitors).
 
 

 
NEW MUM AND HER 5 GORGEOUS BLACK KITTENS (4 weeks old) - ready for homing September.
Please consider a black kitten - they often get overlooked - or how about a pair?!
 
 
NEW MUM AND HER KITTENS.
What a sad start to their lives, being brought up at the shelter. Ready for homing end Sept/ October.
 

Molly and her kittens - the lucky ones who we mananged to squeeze into our last foster home. Ready for homing in September.
  
 
 


26 July 2012
Cameron (now DUKE) in his new home
The handsome Cameron with almost all of his stitches removed and now named Duke living it up in his new forever home. This is one of our success stories, Duke cost the charity over £500 but this was money well spent, if you are able to send us a contribution how ever small it will enable us to continue to help more cats like Duke in the future.

We now have a new easy way to accept donations just text PURR22 followed by the amount you want to donate (in multiples of £1 up to a maximum of £10) to 70070 to make a donation from your mobile phone. All text messages are free on all networks.

For example to make a donation of £3: Text PURR22 £3 to 70070
THANK YOU!
 

16 July 2012

Kittens!

We are very grateful for everyone who attended our homing day this weekend - we homed 2 kittens on Saturday and have 4 more potential homes from visitors on Sunday. Yey!
We are overflowing with kittens, we have over 20 at the cattery, ranging from 2 weeks old to 3 months, and countless more in foster homes. We really have never been so full up, and we simply can't take any more in until we can home those already in our care. The helpline never stops ringing with desperate cases of pregnant cats and kittens who are living in unsuitable conditions, or under threat of being put outside for one reason or another. It breaks our hearts to turn them away but we are simply full up with few homes coming in. People still don't seem to be getting the message about neutering, or understand that cats can get pregant from as young as 5 months old - we have some real gym slip mums - it's so unfair on them, they are still kittens themselves and their tiny bodies are suddenly thrust into kitten bearing. Then the owner can't cope with the kittens and we get the call begging us to take them in, often under threat of the whole family being put outside if we don't.
 We collected one such young mum this weekend, she is just so tiny , she can't be more than around 8 months old herself, and already has a litter of 3 week old kittens. It was a desperate situation and thank goodness one of our old fosterers (ahem) stepped forward to take her in - the kittens are so pretty, usually we would not have any worries about homing them, but this year we have so many gorgeous babies needing new homes.....please do come along and visit them and let their little paws and noses tug at your heartstrings.

     

Here is Molly and her 3 week old kittens in their foster home. They won't be ready for homing for a while but we have LOTS more who are - a small selection of whome are on our homing page - please do come along to our shelter and visit them.
Unfortunately we cannot home kittens to families with small children, but please talk to us about a cat who could fit in with your family.
We understand that many families bring up their children to love and respect animals from an early age, but many also do not, and we've had some horrific cases brought to us of kittens abused by young children who simply don't understand what they are doing, and we simply can't put the kittens at risk.


Message from Jayne, our wonderful fundraiser!

NEED YOUR HELP!

We have found out from Animal Friends Pet Insurance that we are scheduled to be one of their 4 chosen charities later in the year. This means that if  The Scratching Post were to win the most amount of public votes, we could be awarded £5000! This month Bristol and Wales Cat Rescue have been chosen. They have agreed to vote for us when we get chosen and ask that we do the same for them. Please can you log onto https://www.facebook.com/FeelGoodPark and vote for Bristol and Wales Cat Rescue, they are a small group of volunteers that do fantastic work rescuing cats, they desperately need money toward food and vets bills.


Summer Homing Event - 15 July

*HOME A CAT DAY*

We are holding a homing day on Sunday 15th July 2012. 11 am till 2 pm.

At the Scratching Post Rescue Shelter.

Woodgreen Road

Honey Lane

Waltham Abbey

EN9 3RA

We urgently need kind Loving homes for our beautiful rescue cats. If you or anyone you know would like to offer a home to one of our cats please come along. You will be rewarded by making 1 or two cats very happy.

 

Please do not drive directly into the cattery on this day but park in the forestry car park next to the Volunteer public house (marked with a P in the map below) the cross the road (carefully please) to access the cattery entrance.

 

We have lectured the cats on behaviour when people come in. No washing personal areas of their body, using litter trays or looking grumpy. Acceptable behaviour is: appealing meows, cute rolls and purrs and large doleful eyes.

Of course you can also visit anytime within our opening hours.

Open Tues, Thur, Fri and Sat

11.00am - 2pm

Sun 10.00am - 11.30am

Closed Monday and Wednesday for cleaning, vet runs, etc.

 

We have some beautiful cats here, but there are many more needing our help so we desparately need homes for those in our care.

 
30 June 2012
An evening of Clairvoyance with Maria Savva and Pauline Wing
EyeOfHorus

We are very grateful for Maria Savva, owner of Spirit of Isis 18A Sun Street, Waltham Abbey , who raised £140 for the Scratching Post last night.

 

 


23 June

A big thank you to Pauline Firks who kindly donated her time last night to host an evening of clairvoyance and donated all profits from her book sold on the evening to our Charity. Pauline is a very dedicated animal lover and rescuer herself.

 The event was extremely well attended with over 60 tickets sold. The cakes were first class and there were many high quality raffle prizes. We raised £500 which will really help with our vet bills, which we are really struggling to pay at the moment - these are currently running at between £5,000 - £8,000 a month.

Thanks too to all the volunteers who worked to set up the event and keep us all topped up with tea and cakes during the interval.

 

                      

Susan and Jayne making the teas!          Marion was very popular...         Mary and Tony, pondering the information                                                                                                                 given to them by Pauline...

 We are delighted to have Jayne Vallance on board as a fundraiser for the Charity. She is organising some wonderful events this year so please do continue to support us.
We are really struggling to cope with our vet bills at the moment. One complicated case such as Cameron can really push up a bill for the month. If you would like to make a donation to his bill, we would be so grateful.
Homes are really thin on the ground too - please consider whether you can offer a home to one of our wonderful cats or kittens. Without any cats getting homed, we simply can't take any more in and the Volunteers on the helpline get constant desperate pleas for help every day, it breaks their  hearts. Cats and kittens living outside, struggling to survive, kittens being born in unsafe places such as abandoned cars and derelict properties, and cats simply being callously left behind by people moving home or those in desperate circumstances themselves. We recently took in a litter of 2 week old kittens who had been abandoned in a tied up carrier bag - now being hand reared - fed every 2 hours! - by one of our dedicated volunteers. We have no idea where the poor mother cat it - how can people be so cruel - help is available to get your cat neutered if you can't afford it or know someone else with an un-neutered cat, and it takes 2 to tango so it's just as important to get the boys done too! Don't be afraid to pop a free neutering leaflet through a neighbours door - you can collect one from our shop/cattery or most vets.

Please support us in any way you can. Without your support we simply would not be here for the cats.

 

22 June

Update on Cameron

Cameron had a very successful eye operation, and our vet said he must have been in a lot of pain as the eyelids were doubled right up inside, poor boy!

He now has another week of eyedrops to endure, before having a post-op check up on Monday. 

He will soon be a handsome chap again, once all his wounds are healed and his fur grows back, and be ready for a loving new home.
 
Update 2 July - Cameron has been offered a home - Yey!!!

 


19 June 2012

Tom

 

Hi to everyone that knows me, YES it's Tom here! I'm sooooo happy in my new forever home, can you see the smile on my face!? I still think of Comfort and all the other long term cats and the ladies that looked after me for almost a year, until I was the lucky chosen one! Keep up the 1st class care you provide and I'll ask my new maid and butler to keep you updated xxxx

 


June 2012

 Cameron

I’d like to introduce you to CAMERON he came to the Scratching Post one very cold, wet day.

 

He is a large tomcat and arrived in a trap and looked terrified. Cameron had been spotted living in a garden in Hackney, East London and his eyelids were very sore and swollen with a lot of sticky discharge around them. We took him to a unit and tried to coax him out of the trap, he was very scared and hissed angrily at us. Terry the kind gentleman that does some trapping for us said, “be careful of this feral cat he looks cross!” with that we left him to settle in with some supper, he quickly hid under his bed wondering what on earth was going to happen to him.

 

The next morning on going in to give him his breakfast, this chunky ‘feral’ tomcat gave out the squeakiest little me-ow ever!! with a big head butt in way of ‘Thanks for taking me in!’ we then realised Cameron was just a poor lost pussy cat. 

 

Cameron was then off to visit our vet to see what medication he required for his eye infection, (and of course to get him neutered, he was a pretty smelly tom to say the least!!) It was then discovered that poor Cameron had Feline entropion, (ingrown eyelashes) which can be caused by a birth defect in flat-faced cats, or by scarring from an old eye injury, this would be very painful for Cameron and who knows how long he had suffered with this? We firstly had to cure the infection that had built up in his eyes; this meant giving eye drops 4 times a day for 7-10 days.

 

Thankfully this has now been completed and the next step is an operation to correct the problem and poor Cameron can feel comfortable at last! He will then be looking for a home where he can live a life of luxury that he is longing for.

 

 

FUNDRAISING EVENTS

An evening of clairvoyance with Pauline Firks on Friday 22nd June at Wormley Community Centre!

Our guest medium is the wonderful Pauline Firks. Pauline is a fantastic medium who has been working the Spiritual Circuit now for many years, serving many Centres & Churches. She has a very soft and gentle approach and delivers all of her messages with much love and accuracy. Pauline also rescues stray cats & kittens and uses the money to help the animals in need.

Pauline has also written a small book, containing lots of verses all given to her by spirit. These will be on sale on the night for £5 and all the money raised from these books will go to help the cats at The Scratching Post.

We will also be holding a fantastic raffle and refreshments will be sold on the night. All proceeds going to the Scratching Post.

Tickets £5 each. Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. To order tickets or for more information please contact Jayne on 07960 115809 or email ambertigs@yahoo.co.uk

Venue: Wormley Community Centre, Fairfield Drive, Wormley, Hertfordshire, EN10 6DX


Saturday 4th August    Barn dance with caller Pete Skiffins!

 

Come and join us for a fun filled Barn Dance evening and raffle at Cheshunt School, College Road, Cheshunt, Herts EN8 9LY. Tickets £8.50 each. Bring your own nibbles and drinks! For tickets please contact Jayne on 07960 115809 or email thescratchingpost@hotmail.co.uk  Tickets also available to buy at the cattery or shop.

Sunday 9th Sept         The Scratching Post Open Day and Grand Prize Draw Raffle!

The Open Day will be held on Sunday 9th September 11am – 3pm at The Scratching Post Rescue Centre, Woodgreen Road, Off Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey, EN9 3RA (Junction 26 M25). Please park in the car park opposite The Woodbine Pub. There will be lots of great items for sale – jewellery, home made produce, craft items and much more. Refreshments available. Admission is free but a donation of cat food or litter would be appreciated.

 

If you are a member, you will have recieved 2 books of raffle tickets for you to try and sell to be entered into our Grand Prize Draw to be held on our Open Day. There are many fantastic prizes to be won! More raffle ticket books will be available to collect from the cattery or shop, alternatively, please contact Jayne on 07960 115809 or email thescratchingpost@hotmail.co.uk  Please return raffle ticket stubs and cheques, made payable to The Scratching Post, to either the shop, cattery or return to the Promoter’s address found on the raffle tickets.

 

Please note - you can also come along to our shelter any time during our regular opening hours - don't wait for the homing days or special events!!



Visit our new Facebook page!


http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Scratching-Post-Cat-Rescue/14357707577559
 

The Scratching Post are trying to get into ‘the modern age’ and have set up a Facebook page, if you or any of your friends/ family are on Facebook, please get them to ‘like’ us, we are listed as The Scratching Post Cat Rescue, with your help we are aiming to get to 1000 likes by the end of the year!



 

May 2012


The Scratching Post cattery is currently caring for so many young ex-mum cats, these poor cats' bodies have to endure such a lot to feed often 6 - 8 kittens that they become emaciated and undernourished.


Owners do not realise that the mums should be fed on kitten food and given extra meals to cope with the demand before they even get pregnant, as well as throughout rearing their young. The best resolve would be if the poor girls were neutered BEFORE they are allowed to mate, there are far too many unwanted cats and kittens already and charities throughout the country are being overwhelmed the numbers.


Please ask for help if you have an un-neutered cat (male or female) before it's too late and you add to the numbers of unwanted kittens left out in the cold or living in shelters around the country.

 


*HOME A CAT DAY*

 

We are holding a homing day on Sunday 13th May 201211 am till 2 pm.

 

At the Scratching Post Rescue Shelter.

Woodgreen Road

Honey Lane

Waltham Abbey

EN9 3RA

 

We urgently need kind Loving homes for our beautiful rescue cats.  If you or anyone you know would like to offer a home to one of our cats please come along.  You will be rewarded by making 1 or two cats very happy.

 
Please do not drive directly into the cattery on this day but park in the forestry car park next to the Volunteer public house (marked with a P in the map below) the cross the road (carefully please) to access the cattery entrance.
 
 
 

We have lectured the cats on behaviour when people come in.  No washing personal areas of their body, using litter trays or looking grumpy.  Acceptable behaviour is: appealing meows, cute rolls and purrs and large doleful eyes. 
 
Of course you can also visit anytime within our opening hours. We have some beautiful cats here, but there are many more needing our help so we desparately need homes for those in our care.
 
 
April 2012
 
Thank you to every one that bought a raffle ticket for our mini Easter Raffle we were very pleased to raise £53.00 which we can spend on the cats. Here is Emma presenting the lucky winner Teresa with the 1st Prize, a cute Easter Bunny!.
 

 
20 March 2012
 
We are very happy to advise that Abbey has now been adopted, along with her brother Angelo.
Their new family are going to ensure that Abbey receives the cage rest along with lots and lots of attention until she can get the all clear from the vets. We will update you further with Abbeys story, there is still a chance that Abbey will need an operation and of course we are going to support her new owners if this need arises.
We are all so pleased that the perfect home came along at the right time for these two very deserving kittens.
 
 
16 March 2012

Abbey has now moved from her foster home to the cattery, as our vet has advised she must have 1 months complete cage rest. As you can imagine this is very hard for a foster mum to see a kitten confined to a pen, but this is a must to try and make Abbey heal fully and our foster mum needs the space as we already have pregnant mums being called in who need urgent assistance.

Abbey is a little shy, but enjoys a gentle stoke on her head, she will then pop under her blanket to fall asleep and dream of the days she will be able to charge around her new owners house, could that be yours?
 
Please do come and see Abbey if you are at the cattery.
 
12 March 2012
  
 
This is the beautiful little Abbey, she was found with her mum and siblings living in an unused shed in someones garden.
Abbey is very very gentle and a little bit shy. Sadly Abbey has been having problems with her knee. She has already had several visits to the vet during her short life and we are now awaiting further results. Abbey may have to have an operation to correct the problem, as you can imagine our vet bill will be even higher than usual with this extra care needed to make Abbey fit and well.

If you feel you would like to help with Abbey's vet bill, we would be so grateful. You can make a donation via Paypal - Click here to make a secure online donation
 
We will of course keep you updated of her progress, and don't forget Abbey is also looking for her forever home.
 
 
March 2012

The months are flying past, and life at the cattery is very good! We are all looking forward to the warmer months.

We have recently noticed a large number of requests from people wanting to home a cat to live in flats, or properties where they will be indoors permanently.
Whilst we don't have a policy of not homing cats as an indoor pet. We would only place a cat that we feel would be happy with this life style. This often means that we don't have the right cat for that type of home at that time.

The vast majority of cats do require access to outdoors to be able to exhibit their natural behaviour. Kittens that are brought up as a total indoor cat, often turn out to have behavioural problems of one sort or another, which sometimes only show up when the cat is given up into care and they cannot cope with the turmoil of a world that is totally alien to them.
We often take in young cats when the owner has realised they need more than the four walls of a loving home to keep them occupied. Over the summer months, many cats also sustain injuries from falling out of windows, trying to get to the outside world.

Some of the older cats (especially those who have lived as strays) would often be more than happy with an indoor, more sedendary lifestyle, receiving lots of love, and a warm bed, but of course these cats are usually overlooked, for the bouncy, in your face, younger models!
 
If you would like to offer an indoor home, please do contact us so we can discuss this furrther with you and which cats would be suitable for you!
 
 
18 February 2012


We have a Tortoiseshell explosion!! We currently have 6 torties waiting for new homes


        •  A tortoiseshell is a cat whose colouring is a flecked mixture of either black and ginger (sometimes with bits of white).

•  The difference between a tortie and a calico is the pattern; torties have small flecks of colours mixed together, while calicos have large blocks and usually a large amount of white.

•  Torties are almost always female. This is because the genes for colour reside on the X chromosome, so for a cat to have multiple colours (i.e., black and orange), they must have two X chromosomes, therefore making them female. The very few male torties are technically genetically defective and are said to be sterile.

•  Tortoiseshell is not a breed; it is a colouring. There are torties of virtually every breed of cat, both long and short-haired.

•  Torties almost always have copper or yellow eyes.

•  The canine version of a tortie is called brindle.

People often talk about the "Naughty Tortie" which says that torties tend to be temperamental sometimes nervous and jumpy, they do have an 'attitude,' (sometimes referred to as "tortietude") and are prone to hyperactivity. They are also very sweet and loving when calm, but can be riled up and highly strung, these beautiful girls are full of character.


Torties have made their mark in history and folklore:

•  The Celts believed that a tortoiseshell cat was good luck in a home.

•  The English believed that torties could remove warts if you rubbed their tail on the wart during the month of May.

•  In Scotland and Ireland, a stray tortoiseshell cat settling in one's home is a good omen.

•  To dream of a tortoiseshell cat means luck in love.


So what more reason would you need to come and give a home to a beautiful tortoiseshell feline.

 


FEBRUARY 2012 
 
FEBRRRRRRUARY HAS SPRUNG APON US ALREADY!!!! The cats that we have in at the moment are all tucked up nice and warm but what would make them truly happy is to be in loving homes, receiving the attention that they all deserve.
 
If you have or know anyone that already has a cat please make sure they are both micro chipped and neutered. Without a chip it is impossible to trace an owner and for all the un-neutered cats out there life can be hell!
 
Breeding season is here and either being chased or chasing a mate will begin, along with fighting to try and prove dominance, wondering off to increase the chances of finding a mate and attempting to manage a territory, are just some of the pitfalls an unneutered cat encounters.
 
Disease is spread from cat to cat as they receive cat bites during mating or fighting.  An unneutered cat is also at an increased risk of developing certain types of cancer.
 
As all animal charities, everywhere, are snowed under by unwanted kittens and cats on a daily basis, it is totally irresponsible to allow your cat to breed so PLEASE NEUTER YOUR CAT. If you are feeding a stray ensure it is also neutered or you could end up feeding a dozen cats or more before you know it, you can call us for advice regarding this.
 

If you are ready to offer a home to an unwanted cat, please call our helpline number to arrange a home visit and then we can hopefully match you with your purrfect partner for Valentines 2012.

 

01992 626110

 

 

 

 

 JANUARY 2012
 
The much awaited 2012 is now here and with lots of big events looming including of course the Olympics and the Queens Diamond Jubilee. Watch this space for information on some of our own fundraising events that we plan to hold during the coming months!

The country has a way to go before the financial situation is resolved, and unfortunately this is having a knock on affect for us as a charity. Monetary donations are down, homing of cats is down, while the number of cats and kittens that are being given up is increasing.

Our vet bills are enormous, and our every day running costs, plus food, litter and other consumables swallow up every penny we receive we currently have a hand to mouth existence at the moment.

We rely totally on the kind donations given by the general public to survive, we receive no help from the government and most companies including the lottery funds will not donate to animal charities, so we would like to THANK YOU for your past and continued support over the next year to help the Scratching Post to carry on the hugh task of helping as many cats and kittens that we can.

If you are able to set up a regular donation to us for the New Year, it would be so greatly appreciated, and allow us to plan for the year so much better. 

Unfortunately, all our bills have gone up massively too, vets and food especially. For the first time since the charity started, we are having to review our adoption donation and we expect to raise it slightly this year. It is still less than most of the other national charities and we will continue to keep it competitive! Each cat costs around £200 to get ready for adoption and the donation is but a contribution towards this. Our donation fees for a cat 6 months plus includes fully vaccinated, neutered, de-flead, course of worming, microchipping and full vet check (and anything else they need.) Our kitten adoption fees are very reasonable and MUCH less than pet shops - and of course you are getting a fully vet checked kitten, de-flead and wormed, vaccinated where old enough, and in the knowledge that you are giving a home to a needy furbaby who has not been bred for profit at the expense of a poor exhausted mum cat kept in goodness knows what conditions.
 
 
Adoption Minimum Donation as from Jan 2012

Cat/Kitten (over 6 months of age) = £70.00
Neutered/Vaccinated and Microchipped

Kitten (under 6 months of age) = £60.00
including Vaccination (not neutered or microchipped)

Kitten (under 6 months of age) = £50.00

Concession for 2 kittens -£8.00


(not neutered/vaccinated or microchipped)

All cats/kittens to include de-flea and wormer.
It is the responsibility of the new owner to arrange vaccination at the suitable age, (please contact your vet), and to neuter the kitten by 6 months of age, (which we follow up), and we also highly recommend to microchip at the same time.
 

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