Avoid these plastic collars

These plastic collars are not safe and are extremely uncomfortable for a cat to have to wear. One of our new cats had to have one of these awful collars cut off as it was far too tight for her. They are being sold as “flea collars” and they are quite toxic especially to young children.

We do not recommend any collars as they can cause injury or even death from strangulation. If you have to put a collar on your cat please only use the “quick release” type.

Plastic collars

Please – if you have an elderly cat – keep them safe.

We have had a numbers of elderly cats brought into the shelter in recent months as they appeared to be a stray or lost, when actually they had a home not far away.

If you have an elderly cat, please do not let them outside unsupervised as they can wander off and get confused and lost. They are also extremely vulnerable. 

Let them have a potter in the garden if you are out there with them, but then take them back inside with you.

You want your cat to be happy and enjoy however much longer they have to live, without worrying about what has happened to them when he or she doesn’t come home for tea.

Enjoying the sun

Here is William  – one of the permanent residents at Katz Castle (and one of the ginger feline gang!) making the most of the recent warm sunshine. William arrived as a kitten from Ireland years ago with his siblings who didn’t get adopted as they were so nervous, but he has lived very happily at the shelter ever since. William is getting on a bit now and is into double figures. His health isn’t what it was and he also needs drops in his eyes every day – but William is a friendly happy boy who is very loved by everyone at Katz Castle.   

William

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.