**COVID-19 UPDATE  22nd July  2020**

OUR CATLINE IS OPEN AND MANNED DAILY. CALL 01332 206956 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE.

 
GOOD NEWS!!

  Our charity shop at 31 Wardwick Derby DE1 1HA will reopen to members of the public from Monday 27th July.  The new opening hours are now MONDAY TO SATURDAY from 10 am to 4pm. This will be extended from 9am to 5pm from Monday 3rd August. 

To adhere to social distancing we will operate a maximum capacity of 6 customers only, this may cause a slight delay in you being able to enter the shop but please be respectful of this and bear with us whilst we also adapt to the ‘new normal’.

 Our fitting rooms will be temporarily closed and our usual returns procedure will be in place.

 

To keep you safe, our volunteers will be wearing  the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and customers will be expected to wear appropriate face coverings as per the new government guidelines 


DONATIONS TO OUR CHARITY SHOP
The shop will open on Saturday 25th July FOR THE DELIVERY OF DONATIONS ONLY. However, we would ask some of you, if you can, to leave your donations till the following week. You can park at the front of the shop for a short time but please leave your boot open so the traffic wardens know you are simply dropping off. We look forward to welcoming you all back and can assure you that the safety of our customers, as well as are volunteers, are paramount.

EVERYONE LOVES A BARGAIN, so from Monday 27th July, for one week only, you will receive a voucher worth £3 with your first purchase. This voucher can be redeemed on your next visit when you buy any donated goods amounting to over £5. In other words, when you buy any donated items costing £5 or over, you will receive £3 off the cost.

 

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.




Welcome to our website please take a look around.

ADOPT A CAT
On our adopt a cat page you will find details of kittens and adult cats which have recently come into our care and are in need of loving homes. 

VOLUNTEERING 
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.

NEUTERING CAMPAIGNS 
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 enquiries@derbybranch.cats.org.uk. Click here for further information on neutering or to check if you could be elligible for a voucher.

You may Download a poster here which we would love you to display at your place of work or on local notice boards.

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.