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14th November 2023

The star of Magic Light Pictures’ heartwarming Christmas animation for the BBC this year, Tabby McTat, is helping launch a Cats Protection club for young children.

The much-loved picturebook character, created by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, is the furry face that will launch the Little Paws Club, which helps children aged between 5 to 7 years old to learn more about the wonderful world of felines through a fun and colourful mailing each month. 

Children who join the club in December will receive a welcome pack containing a Tabby McTat colouring sheet, a poster and six Cat Snaps cards including a Tabby McTat Special.      

Each month after they will get a mini-magazine containing fun articles, puzzles and craft activities and the first issue will feature an exclusive interview with Julia Donaldson herself. Parents will need to sign their children up by 1 December to get this special edition magazine.

Tabby McTat’s Amazing Cat Facts will also feature in all 2024 mini-magazines and there will be three other Tabby McTat Special mini-mags throughout 2024. 

Membership of Little Paws costs just £8 per month and proceeds will help Cats Protection to look after and rehome the thousands of unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens that come into the charity’s care each year.

Kay MacNaughton, Individual Giving Officer for Cats Protection said: “It’s going to be a magical moment when children and their parents sit down to watch the adventures of Tabby and his owner Fred brought to life on TV screens this Christmas, and membership of our Little Paws Club is the perfect gift for those young cat lovers.  

“Little Paws Club is a fun way for children to learn all about our feline friends, just like Tabby. As well as inspiring the next generation of cat lovers, Little Paws Club membership will help Cats Protection to provide brighter futures for many unfortunate cats and kittens, who unlike Tabby, don’t yet have an owner to love them.”

To sign up for the Little Paws Club, please visit       

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat welfare charity and has helped 157,000 cats and kittens each year over the last five years through its national network of 210 volunteer-run branches and 34 adoption centres. 

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