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26th June 2020

TV critic and garden security cat PK has proved the perfect quarantine companion to his owner who is on furlough due to lockdown restrictions.

Simon and PK lying next to each other on the floor. Simon looking at PK in a comical fashion.Having been overlooked for six months due to some minor health conditions, black rescue cat PK was adopted from Cats Protection’s Downham Market Adoption Centre by Simon Dolan-Holland last August. Now he is returning the favour by keeping his human entertained during lockdown with his humorous antics and comical ways.

Twenty-five-year-old flight attendant Simon initially saw a homing appeal for PK on Twitter while scrolling through his feed one evening and wanted to find out whether the frequently-snubbed moggy was his purr-fect match.

Simon said: “I knew that black cats are often unlucky when it comes to getting adopted so I decided to go and see him. As soon as I met him, his goofy personally really appealed to me – he ignored me at first and then started chasing his tail! I reserved him that day and took him home a few days later.

“PK is such a character and a great companion, particularly over the last few months when it’s just been me and him in the house. He does his own thing, and enjoys his daily patrols of the garden, but regularly comes to me for a fuss, too.

“He also loves to join me on the sofa when I’m watching TV, although he has a habit of lying on the remote and switching channels. Once he’s satisfied with his choice of programme, he’ll usually fall asleep next to me for a while.

“I think lockdown would have been much lonelier if I didn’t have PK. I can never be bored with him around, patting me on the face to wake me up at breakfast time or demanding to be let out, then in, then out again in true cat fashion. And it’s nice to have someone to talk to, even if I can’t understand his replies!”

Simon also says that PK’s arthritis is easily managed with medication and doesn’t bother him much these days – in fact he runs up and down stairs with ease and seems to have become more mobile over time.

Cats Protection’s Downham Market Adoption Centre Deputy Manager, Stacey Ely, said: “It’s so wonderful to see PK settled into his home with Simon after a bit of a rough start. We love hearing about the cats that we’ve rehomed and knowing that we’ve been able to help give them a second chance at a happy life.

“As we enter our third year of People’s Postcode Lottery funding, I’d like to say a huge thank you to players for their continued support, which helps us take care of cats like PK for as long as it takes to find them a loving new home.”

Anybody interested in adopting a cat from Cats Protection’s Downham Market Centre can call 01366 382311, email Downham@cats.org.uk or visit: https://downhammarket.cats.org.uk/downhammarket

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For further information or an interview, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911 or media.office@cats.org.uk

Notes to editors

About Cats Protection:

  1. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps around 200,000 cats and kittens each year through a national network of around 230 volunteer-run branches and 37 centres.
  2. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  3. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
  4. More information about the work of Cats Protection's Downham Market Adoption Centre can be found at https://downhammarket.cats.org.uk/downhammarket

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