Fram & Sax News & Cat Care September 2016
01 September 2016
News from Framlingham and Saxmundham Cats Protection - September 2016
Our branch cat fosterers have had one of the busiest spring and early summer periods for many years. The number of kittens coming into our care has been exceptional. At one point we had over 40 kittens. Some of these were born in our care, others were from feral litters and were fortunately young enough to be socialised for re-homing. Many of these are still in our care seeking their first paw on the ladder to their new lives.
Our fundraising teams have been out in force and in all weathers raising money to help with the veterinary and food bills to enable us to continue our work and to get important messages out about neutering and cat welfare. If you have time to spare to help at any of our events, could make a donation, or perhaps think of remembering the branch in your will, please do get in touch.
Cat care: Cats hidey-holes: A recent news story described the plight of nine month old kitten, Bobby a Bengal cross, who climbed into a washing machine full of linen and wasn't spotted until his owner noticed a loud thud coming from the machine which was two minutes into its 60oC cycle. Thankfully, Bobby was quickly rescued and rushed to the vet where he was treated for shock and has since made a full recovered. Bobby was very lucky. Kittens and cats new to a home love to explore and find what they think are safe, comfortable places in which to sleep or hide. Please remember; always close doors to the oven, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, tumble-dryer and washing machine. Add notes to the doors of theseappliances to remind everyone before using them to check inside for exploring cats. If you have an open fireplace it is a good idea to keep a guard in front of the hearth - exploring chimneys is another temptation to felines of all ages. Provide plenty of safe places for your new cat or kitten to sleep or hide; cardboard boxes with or without the addition of a cosy blanket, are usually very acceptable.
Catology: Kittens sleep a lot because their bodies release a growth hormone only when they are asleep. Adult cats don't release any particular key hormones during sleep. They just snooze all day because they can. In fact cats sleep so much that by the time a cat is nine years old it will only have been awake for three years of its life! Just make sure it isn't napping in the washing machine.