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2nd July 2024

Dogs may be the polling station stars this week, but Cats Protection says taking a tip from our feline friends can help us all through election day.

The UK’s biggest cat charity says that while dogs may be the perfect companion for going to the booths, it’s the stay-at-home cats that are the secret heroes when it comes to following the results as they come in. 

Sarah Elliott, Central Veterinary Officer for Cats Protection, said: “A walk to the polling station and getting a fuss from voters may be great fun for a dog, but most cats would find that very stressful. If they could vote, cats would definitely choose the postal vote, as they prefer to be on home ground. But for the long night of watching the results, we can all learn a thing or two from our feline friends. Cats are masters at remaining well-rested yet alert at all times – just what’s needed for a long night of election coverage.”

The charity’s top tips are

  • Sleep when you can: Cats snooze for up to 20 hours in a 24 hour period. Take a leaf out of their book by catching a cat-nap in before the results start coming in.  Stretch: Cats keep body and mind sharp with regular stretching and bursts of exercise – whether it’s through play or a stroll in the garden. Follow suit by taking regular breaks from the news coverage to stretch and get a breath of fresh air. Browse the Cat Manifesto: If you’ve already devoured the main parties’ manifestos during the election campaign, check out The Cat Manifesto from Cats Protection to see what matters most to our feline friends. Read it at
  • Grooming: Hardcore election-followers will be in for the long haul, so it’s a good idea to follow a cat’s example when it comes to personal grooming. Cats keep themselves in tip top shape with regular cleaning sessions in between naps and feeding times – so keep that hairbrush handy.
  • Get comfy: Cats are masters at finding the cosiest spot in the house, so follow their lead and set yourself up on the sofa with the remote control, a blanket and plenty of snacks – it could be a long night.

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For further information or an interview, please contact Cats Protection Media Office on 01825 741 911, at, or @CPMediaTeam on Twitter.

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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