Sad news — Ruth Randall

We were sad to hear of the death of Ruth Randall recently, at the age of 90 years. Ruth supported Katz Castle for 30 years. She was passionate about all animals and will be sadly missed.

Oliver and Spot – CHOSEN ❤️😊

Oliver and Spot are best of friends and must be rehomed together. 

Oliver is a handsome ginger and white short haired boy, very friendly, slightly mischievous and playful. He doesn’t like being held or cuddled although he isn’t aggressive but he will try and extract himself! He loves to be stroked though.

Aged 9-10 months, Spot is a spritely black and white boy, friendly and playful.

Responsible cat ownership

Spaying/Neutering

A female cat can produce up to six kittens three times a year, that’s a lot of mouths to feed and very stressful for your cat. Cats can come into season again shortly after giving birth if not spayed which can be exhausting for them and will attract the attentions of amorous tom cats. Both pregnancy and birth can carry risks, mammary tumours and infections of the womb (Pyrometra) both of which can be fatal.

Neutering male cats will reduce the chance of them catching Feline FIV an incurable disease which can be spread by bites and to females by mating. Feline Leukaemia can also be contracted by unneutered males and are more likely to fight and roam sustaining nasty wounds.

Our cats are all neutered/spayed before we home them and we actively encourage responsible pet ownership to prevent more unwanted cats having to seek a good home!

Micro-chipping is also essential as are regular vaccinations and health checks which include monthly flea treatments and regular worming.

Cats are also susceptible to diseases which can be life threatening if they are not vaccinated, flea treated and wormed on a regular basis.

Before you adopt or buy a pet please consider the following carefully:

  • Can you afford vet fees, insurance, yearly vaccinations and monthly flea treatments along with the food and litter, toys etc which your cat or kitten will need?
  • If you want to go on holiday you will need to pay for boarding. All these things can add up and be very costly so please think first before you add a cat to your family that you may not be able to afford to care for long term.
  • If you want to adopt a cat but cannot afford the fees for neutering/spaying, there are organisations who will help with this. 

IFAW award

Ann, who is the founder of and driving force behind Katz Castle Animal Shelter, has been honoured with a prestigious award for her outstanding work from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (www.ifaw.org), for more than 50 years of dedication to rescuing and rehoming cats. 

The IFAW’s annual Animal Action Awards ceremony was hosted at the House of Lords by Baroness Gale on Tuesday this week and the awards were presented by naturalist and broadcaster Bill Oddie. Ann has unfortunately been very unwell, so her daughter, Rosie, collected the award on Ann’s behalf.

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Read about the award in the Daily Express and the Elmbridge Guardian.

A really big thank you to everyone who took the time and voted for Ann who is extremely deserving of the award after all her years of rescuing animals and running Katz Castle. 

This acknowledgement of her work has been a big boost to Ann, and to all the volunteers at the shelter too. We also hope the publicity will mean that we can find new forever homes for even more of the lovely cats we have who are waiting to be adopted.

Photo: © IFAW/Peter Stevens

Opening hours

Closed Monday and Tuesday

Wednesday to Friday: 10am – 1pm; 2pm – 4pm

Saturday: 10am – 12pm

 

Dates we are closed this year:

  • April 18th  – Good Friday
  • April 20th – Easter Sunday
  • April 21st – Easter Monday
  • May 5th – May Day
  • May 26th – Spring Holiday
  • August 25th – Late Summer Holiday
  • December 24th – Christmas Eve
  • December 25th – Christmas Day
  • December 26th – Boxing Day
  • January 1st – New Years Day

 

 

Contact us

Do you have comments or questions about our animal shelter or boarding cattery? Would you like to receive our newsletter or make a donation?

The quickest way to get in touch is by giving us a call on 01932 864232. 

You can also email us: 

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but we are always busy with the cats so calling is best.

Our address is: 

Katz Castle Animal Shelter
Redhill Rd
Cobham
Surrey
KT11 1EF