Lilies can kill cats!

If you own a cat – please do not have Lilies in your house or garden.

Any part of a lily – flowers, leaves, stem or pollen – is EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TO CATS and can cause kidney damage and even death. Just your cat brushing past a flower and licking the pollen off their coat or chewing a Lily leaf or petal could be fatal.

A cat must be taken to the vet IMMEDIATELY if exposure to lilies is suspected.

Further information on the serious danger Lilies pose to cats can be found here … http://icatcare.org/advice/keeping-cats-safe/lilies

You can also check that the other plants you have in your home and garden are not toxic to cats here… http://icatcare.org/advice/poisonous-plants

Lilies

Please microchip your cat

Microchipping is always a great thing to do – just in case your cat goes missing or gets lost. You have a much better chance of being reunited with your cat if it is, as vets and shelters will always scan any found cats to see if they have an owner. Even if your cat never goes outside, still get it chipped just in case it manages to escape or gets let out by mistake.

Your cat can be microchipped very easily by a vet and its definitely worth the cost.

Many times we have people ringing the shelter to report that their cat has gone missing and very often they have not been microchipped. Cats have been found and reunited with owners many weeks or months after going missing, solely as a result of it having a microchip.  And please remember – if you move house, contact the microchip company immediately to give them your new address and telephone number.

Microchip

Katz Castle’s Amazon ‘Wish List’ is back in business!!

After a short blip, we are pleased to announce that our Amazon Wish List is back!

This means you can also help us care for the many cats looking for homes, and our residents, by shopping online and having the donated items delivered direct to Katz Castle. You can choose from food, treats, scratching posts, toys, and bedding, although cat food is always a priority please. Please click on our Amazon Wist list to see what the cats at the shelter would currently like to receive.

All donations – big and small, are gratefully received by our cats. Thank you also to all those generous people who continue to send cat food from our wish list.

Thank you!

Thinking about getting a long-haired cat?  If so, please read on …

Shaved catMatted cat fur

Long-haired cats are of course gorgeous, but they do need regular grooming to keep their fur in a good and healthy condition.

This cat was brought to the shelter for re-homing and it was obvious that she had not been groomed for many months.  As a result her fur was in an absolutely terrible condition which would have been causing her considerable pain and discomfort. It was so thickly and tightly matted that the only way it could be dealt with was for the cat to be fully sedated at the vet, and for all of her fur to be shaved off apart from her tail and around her head and paws. The photograph shows the massive amount of matted fur which was removed from the cat – who immediately and very obviously felt much better afterwards. The fur will soon grow back and with a new owner prepared to groom her she will look like a new cat. But it should not have been necessary for the cat to have gone through all of this.

If you are thinking about getting a long-haired cat, think hard: ‘Do I have the time and commitment to properly and regularly groom the cat for its whole life?’  If the answer to that question is ‘No’, then a long-haired cat is not for you.   

Amazon Wish List

We are really grateful to our loyal supporters who very kindly send the cats goodies using our Amazon Wish List. Food is obviously always the priority but the cats would also if possible like a couple of new 2-tier scratching posts and some crinkle play bags to keep them entertained.  

 

Catnip mice

Another batch of our very popular knitted catnip mice has arrived! They are very sturdy, and stuffed full of cat nip from Barbados. No cat should be without one! They can be purchased in person at the shelter, or by post at a cost of £4.50 each which includes p&p. Cheques made payable to ‘Animal Shelter’ please and don’t forget to enclose your name and address. 

Visit our shop

We have a small shop at the shelter selling cat accessories – beds, scratching posts, toys, blankets, carrying baskets  and cat nip mice.  The shop can be visited during shelter opening hours. All proceeds from the shop will help towards the cost of neutering the many cats who arrive at the shelter.  Donations of cat accessories to sell in the shop are always appreciated – so if your cat doesn’t like that bed or toy you bought -  please donate it and hopefully another cat will!

Collars on cats

We are always very uneasy about collars on cats  – for safety reasons. We have seen some really terrible injuries suffered by cats getting a leg stuck in a cat collar which didn’t come off. 

We strongly advise that all cats should be micro-chipped for easy identification should they get lost.  Even if you have an indoor cat – it’s still a good idea, just in case they get out.    
Sorry – we’ve sold out of ‘Beastie Bands’ at the shelter and we will not be getting any more.  

We also do not recommend flea collars. ‘Spot on’ treatments purchased at the vet and applied to the back of a cat’s neck are much more effective in dealing with fleas and alot safer.