OUR CATLINE IS OPEN AND MANNED DAILY. CALL 01332 206956 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE.
Our volunteers are not undertaking any face to face activities until further notice. Both our Wardwick and Wirksworth charity shops have temporarily closed.
The cats currently with our fosterers are all being very well cared for but will likely be staying where there are for the foreseeable future. They will obviously receive veterinary care as necessary in an urgent or emergency situation but all routine veterinary treatments are on hold.
If you urgently need our help to rehome your cat please call the national helpline 03000 12 12 12 and they will liaise with our regional management as to whether we or another branch / adoption centre are in a position to help. Please only do this if necessary, for example if you or the cats will be without a home in the near future, or if there is a major health issue involved.
If your cat needs urgent veterinary treatment please call your vet in the first instance and your veterinary team will be able to triage the case over the phone. They will likely then offer a phone, video or face to face consultation dependent on the urgency / need for the patient to be seen. Please make sure you are aware of your veterinary practice's opening hours and consult protocols at this time.
If you love cats and have some spare time we are always looking for more volunteers to join the branch team. We are all volunteers at Derby and District branch and have lots of different ways to get involved. For more information visit our volunteering page by clicking here.
The Branch can help owners on low incomes by offering cost assisted vouchers reducing the cost of a spay or neuter to only £10 per cat. Further information can be obtained by calling the Cat-Line on 01332 206956 or emailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org
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CALLING ALL FARMERS
Our volunteers are offering to humanely trap farm cats, take them to the vets to be neutered/spayed/health-checked and returned to the farm as healthy vermin catchers. This can will be done FREE OF CHARGE and in our volunteers own time with no disruption to the farmers' businesses. Please call or email as detailed above.
" Just wanted to let you know our little happy story. I contacted cats protection to ask for help/advice regarding some stray little cats at some stables, they obviously kept breeding and as cats protection and several other rescues told us it is very hard to rehome feral cats after they reach a certain age, we were unsure what to do. Cats protection were at hand straight away, we have had several of your volunteers out with traps and have not only taken, neutered, flead, wormed and delivered back the females but also the Males, all free of charge! One lovely lady came all the way from Lincoln to help. They supplied the traps, food trays and blankets (which were all immaculate). Although in a perfect world the cats would have lovely warm homes to go to, but now thanks to cats protection at least these little cats don't have to go through the breeding cycle again. We'll be doing a collection as a little thank you. You don't often hear about these stories so I thought I'd let people know.
From us and the little cats "thank you cats protection!" Xx Dani H (Codnor)
FLEAS CAN KILL KITTENS
A few fleas can quickly turn into a full-blown infestation, thanks to their incredibly fast reproduction rate. Adult fleas live permanently on their animal host and the female flea produces eggs at a rate of 50 a day!
Fleas can kill kittens! Fleas on kittens can quickly dehydrate their tiny bodies and cause anemia which, if left untreated, can be fatal. Kittens especially are at risk due to their small size and weight.
- Signs of anaemia are:
- Pale gums (the gums should be a rich pink colour, and gums that are either pale pink or white indicate anaemia).
- Low body weight.
- Visible fleas the body or flea bites and sores.
- Disinterest in eating and drinking
The best way to check for fleas is to place the cat on a sheet of white paper and comb it meticulously. A fine-toothed flea comb may trap one or two fleas but black specks of ‘flea dirt’ – flea droppings consisting of undigested cat blood – can usually be found on the paper. When placed on damp cotton wool ‘flea dirt’ slowly dissolves producing bloody streaks. Flea dirt or white eggs may also be found where the cat sleeps.
If your kitten has fleas, get advice from your vet and put appropriate treatment on the mother and kitten. Over the counter products are not fully effective and the new, safe and most effective flea control products are available from veterinary surgeries where advice on their use is provided. Products intended for dogs should not be used on cats as they can be toxic. Your vet should be made aware of any flea treatments that have been used before they prescribe other flea control products or medication.
In the case of a stray mother and offspring if you are unable to take them to a vet ring Catline 01332 206956.