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Podgy puss Paisley is over twice the size of a normal cat

Four-year-old black-and-white cat Paisley weighed more than double the typical 8lb (3.6kg) for a healthy cat when she was brought to Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre in Sussex in October.

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Cats Protection’s ‘Libby left behind’ Christmas animation is based on a true story

Freezing cold and starving hungry, little kitten Libby spent two whole weeks last winter lost in the countryside. She had been abandoned with her four siblings down a quiet lane in Fareham, but had somehow become separated from her littermates and injured her little nose.

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Kittens dumped in box on Ashdown Forest find new homes

In September, four kittens were found dumped in a cardboard box on Ashdown Forest. The kittens were just four weeks old when they were discovered by a dog walker, just a couple of days before heavy rain lashed the area.

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Kittens born with extra toes and impressive moustaches

Two kittens born with a rare genetic condition causing them to have extra toes on their paws are being cared for at Cats Protection’s North London Adoption Centre. Eleven-week-old sisters Boots and Mittens have more than the usual 18 toes, thanks to the inherited condition known as polydactyl.

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More Than Just a Black Cat: Why cats are good for mental health

In 2018, black-and-white cat Tasha was finally offered a forever home after spending a year in the care of Cats Protection’s Gateshead & Newcastle Branch. In return, the three-year-old moggy has enriched the life of her new owner Phil Sherry, by helping him with his mental health struggles.

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More Than Just a Black Cat: Jessie’s journey through Cats Protection

Black-and-white cat Jessie was one of the first cats to arrive at Cats Protection’s newly established Richmond Branch and has left a lasting impression on the volunteers who cared for her.

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More Than Just a Cat: Boots helps owner Shirley Ann cope with loneliness and grief

Shirley Ann, from Dalry in Scotland, feel less lonely following the death of her closest friend, all thanks to her cat Boots. Shirley Ann was devastated when, in November 2013, a suicide attempt left her best friend permanently paralysed and hospitalised for 18 months.

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More Than Just a Cat: Dusty improves Eve’s mental health after breakdown

Eve Hawker from Romford in Essex says her mental health has improved dramatically since adopting her feline companion, Dusty. Eve was struck with anxiety from a young age but had always just thought of herself as a ‘worrier’.

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More Than Just a Cat: Domino is the purrfect best friend for autistic Marnie

Five-year-old Marnie Quince from King’s Lynn in Norfolk finds making friends difficult. Having been diagnosed with autism, she often struggles to communicate and interact with other people, but her life has been transformed by her new best friend Domino.

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Should I get a kitten to keep my cat company?

One of the most common misconceptions when it comes to cats is that they get lonely and need other cats for company. Our pet cats have evolved from a solitary species, the African wildcat, and so are actually more suited to being the only cat in their home – they’re not keen on sharing!

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