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More Than Just A Cat: My foster cats give my life purpose

Working with animals is the only thing that I've ever wanted to do with my life. The specifics changed somewhat over the years; from vet to marine biologist, to opening my own rescue centre, but the direction was always the same and animals were always at the core of it.

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More Than Just a Black Cat: Charismatic Lucy helps owner Phil with his 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: Hero cat Walter warns Hazel of diabetic attacks

For Hazel Parkyn, cat Walter is a lifeline, warning her when she’s about to suffer a diabetic attack. Hazel was left with PTSD, head injury seizures and auto immune conditions, including type 1 diabetes, after she was attacked by a patient while working as a psychiatric nurse.

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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: My cats have helped me through my darkest days

Blogger and cat lover Aimee Wilson explains how cats are more than just pets, they’ve helped her cope through mental health struggles and a hospital stay.

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More Than Just a Cat: Lianne honours her much-missed companion Skittles

Skittles stuck by her owner Lianne Loveridge through the toughest of times, so when she passed away at 11 years old, a big hole was left in her home and heart.

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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: Spike helps Ian through mental and physical health struggles

Ian Turner from Llandudno in Conwy, Wales suffers from a complex medical condition affecting both his physical and mental health but says his cat Spike keeps him going through times of despair.

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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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