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21st June 2024

Cats Protection Glasgow Branch recently found a new home for a special cat, Socks, who is both deaf and diagnosed with cerebellar hypoplasia.

Christine McDowall, Adoption Team Lead, said: “Socks came to us when she was nine months old, after her owner sadly couldn’t afford to care for her.

“As well as being deaf Socks suffers from a neurological condition called cerebellar hypoplasia, which means that she has poor coordination and her head shakes. 

“It was clear from the moment she arrived that she didn’t let any of this hold her back. She was a happy cat who enjoyed exploring, playtime, and interacting with us. 

“She was taken in by one of our fantastic fosterers until we could find her the special home she needed, and she has definitely found that with Erin and James.”

Socks has now been in her new home for almost one month and, with a little help, has adapted extremely well to being in a new environment.

Socks’ owners, Erin and James, said, “Socks is the perfect combination of sweetness and madness.

“After having zoomies, she will grab a toy and execute a perfect forward roll while holding it – I’ve never seen a cat do this before!

“When she gets sleepy or wants attention, she will purr and happily fall asleep in your lap.

“We've only noticed her head wobble when she's standing still. When she's on the move, her eyes sway and we think she is compensating for her hearing loss with heightened visual awareness.

“She likes to be close to us to feel secure. When she wakes up from a nap, she will meow loudly so we can find her.”

Cats Protection Glasgow Branch care for a wide range of cats, all with unique needs. Many cats simply would not have survived without their help. This can cost the charity hundreds if not thousands of pounds, so donations of both funds and time are vital.

Christine continued, “We've had just about every type of cat come into our care from kittens with health issues like Socks to cats with three legs.

“We’ve provided urgent treatment and nursed cats back to health. We’ve cared for a mother and her kittens after being found in a nursery playground. We’re here for cats that are terrified, elderly, neglected, overweight, and much-loved cats whose owners have sadly passed away.

“Cats come to us for a multitude of reasons including abandonments, behavioural issues, being long term strays, owners’ ill health, and not being able to afford veterinary bills. Sometimes owners give up their pets because of unforeseen circumstances which can be as heartbreaking for us as it is for the owners.

“If you’re struggling to care for your cat please get in touch, we’re here to help. We take every opportunity to educate the public on cat welfare and offer support to owners so we can prevent them having to give up their cats.  

“Where this isn’t possible, there is no better feeling than finding a cat a safe, happy home, especially if that cat has had a difficult start in life.”

Help Cats Protection Glasgow Branch care for more cats like Socks by donating to their spring appeal here: 

Anyone able to offer a little or a lot of their time either through fostering or volunteering can apply here:  or email 


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Notes to Editors:

  1. Cats Protection, the UK's leading cat welfare charity, helps an average of 157,000 cats and kittens a year through its national network which includes around 200 volunteer-run branches and 32 centres.
  2. Cats Protection was founded in 1927 as the Cats Protection League. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity.
  3. Cats Protection is a registered charity 203644 (England and Wales), SC037711 (Scotland) and is listed as a Section 167 Institution by the Charity Commission of Northern Ireland. A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (06772997). Registered office National Cat Centre, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 7TT
  4. Visit the charity’s media centre
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