Knit one, 'purr' one for unwanted cats and kittens this Christmas

Cat and Mouse

Crafty cat lovers are being asked to help unwanted cats this Christmas by making cosy blankets and fun mouse toys as part of Cats Protection’s knitting bee.

Cats Protection’s Bolton and Radcliffe Branch is appealing for knitters in Bolton and Radcliffe to create handmade gifts for the cats and kittens which will be in its care over the festive season.  

Niall Webster, spokesperson for the Bolton and Radcliffe Branch said: “Knitting a cat toy or blanket is a great way for craft fans to flex their creative muscles whilst making life better for the cats in our care. All knitted creations would be very much appreciated and will help to make a lot of cats more comfortable.”

Please contact us on 07711 591666 to make arrangements to drop off or for collection of your generous donations of knitted items. 

Knitters can use their own designs to make blankets and mice or follow a pattern for the popular Captain Cat-Battler knitted mouse - originally designed by Lauren O'Farrell ( – which will be available by calling the charity's Helpline on 03000 12 12 12 or by visiting

Cats Protection advises that when knitting a toy or blanket, it’s best to avoid the use of stretchy yarns or small plastic items – such as those that can be used for mouse eyes – to reduce the risk of injury to cats and kittens. Loose weave blanket patterns involving the use of large needles are best avoided too. The charity also suggests that cat owners regularly inspect cat toys for signs of wear or damage, not to leave cats unattended with knitted toys, and not to use knitted toys or blankets with cats that have wool-chewing habits. 

Cats Protection’s Bolton and Radcliffe branch is part of a national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres that rehomes and help around 190,000 cats and kittens each year. To adopt a cat, please call 07760 780759.       

Mouse Toys