Early Neutering

All of Britain's rescues are permanently full of unwanted cats because of one reason only. Owners still aren't being responsible and neutering their cats early, by the age of 5 months. Some vets will neuter as young as 4 months, such as Vets 4 Pets in Sunderland, but most will make people wait until 6 months. This unfortunately can mean the queen becoming pregnant before she is spayed if she is let outdoors and queens can be in heat at 18 weeks.An unspayed queen can be responsible for up to 20,000 offspring in her lifetime. There is no reason for a queen to have a litter, in fact it is traumatic for her to go through this. Rescues are full of unwanted cats, which were once kittens. Neutering your kitten early and keeping it indoors before the neuter will mean no extra kittens. If your vet wont neuter until 6 months, Vets4pets in Sunderland/Durham will neuter at 4 months and will advise you that early neutering is easier and safer. CPL can help people on benefit with the neutering, but you should think carefully before you take on any animal that you can financially afford a lifetime of commitment.

Available Cats

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ ABOUT KITTENS.

The huge overpopulation of cats has been produced simply because people dont have their cats neutered. The sad fact of this society is that kittens are produced in abundance and so often passed around like toys to families with small children. When the female is about 4 months old the cute factor has worn off and she is discarded and mostly will spend her life pregnant on the street, or passed onto the next family. There are only a few kittens who can cope with small children, the rest are left terrified being hunted by the children and often the kittens are left permanently traumatized. A child needs to be a child, but kittens are rarely comfortable in this environment, they need to be cherished and cared for not hiding and petrified. Willows rescues so many of these unfortunate creatures, as people dont want them when the novelty value has worn off and by then the damage has been done to the kitten. The kittens will then grow into skittish and nervous cats who are very difficult to home through no fault of their own. It is nature and nurture which will produce a well balanced and happy cat. These cats then need a quiet and special home, as they cant cope with a noisy and a busy household, quiet homes are in short supply. People ooh and ahh at kittens, but who will think about the poor mother who has produced them and had no life. The lucky ones end up in a rescue, the rest live at risk each day. IF YOU HAVE SMALL CHILDREN, PLEASE HAVE A THOUGHT ABOUT THE ANIMAL YOU WILL LOOK AFTER AND RECOGNISE A KITTEN WILL OFTEN THAN NOT SUFFER BADLY. NEXT TIME YOU SEE A KITTEN, HAVE A THOUGHT ABOUT THE MOTHER, AS SHE WAS ONCE ONE OF THOSE KITTENS AND NOW IS UNWANTED. ALWAYS ADOPT, NEVER BUY.

Heavenly


 

Heavenly is under a year old, microchipped and an absolute sweetheart. She is semi longhaired, so will require a little grooming. She is very kind, extremely loving and adores human attention. She will be suitable with older kind children, or as a companion and will enjoy going outdoors. She is now spayed after being found outdoors with her malnourished kitten. Any interest in adopting her, please call Susan 0752 3047234.

Sebastian


 

Sebastian is pure white with blue eyes, which means he is deaf. He is looking for a home without any other pets and small children. He will need to be an indoor cat, because of his lack of hearing or if you have an outdoor area which could be made safe so he couldnt escape that would be great. He will need to have flea treatment applied to his skin every 4 weeks, as he has flea allergy dermatitis which is very common. By applying the treatment, this will prevent any further breakouts.

Poppy


 

Poppy has found herself living outdoors, as her owner has passed away. She will make a fabulous companion as she loves humans and is a lap cat. She enjoys going outdoors in warm weather, but loves being cosy indoors in the winter. She is a timid girl and is looking for a quiet, mature home with no small children, or other pets. She was abandoned cruelly when she was young and her deceased owner rescued her, but now Poppy is alone again. Her perfect home is out there somewhere, is that you.

Aria


 

Aria is a 2 years old Serengeti Bengal, who needs to be both mentally and physically stimulated in her new home. Bengal breed is high maintenance and they suffer in a quiet home, where there is little to stimulate them. She is affectionate, bold and vocal. Aria must have outdoor access where there are no main roads, she will enjoy a busy home, or one where the humans will interact with her daily and she will not be left alone for long periods of time. Her needs must be met, so if you cannot fulfil her needs please do not enquire about her.

Clarence


 

Clarence is looking for a quiet and mature home, where there will never be any children or pets. He is nearly blind, which maybe due to him being born with defective sight or a lack of taurine in his diet when young. Lack of taurine in a cats diet can lead to severe health repercussions, including blindness. This is why feeding your cat on a good quality diet is important. Buying cheaper brands of cat food also means the protein levels are low and they are bulked out with cereals for cheapness, cereal is not part of a cats natural diet and this also includes wheat which is a known irritant to the bowel. Clarence therefore requires a settled and mature home with one or two humans, who will understand his needs. He is extremely affectionate and would like his humans to be around a lot of the time. He will learn how to navigate around the furniture, which will need to be kept in the same place and he will most definitely need to be a house cat as he is extremely vulnerable. PLEASE DO NOT ENQUIRE ABOUT HIM OUT OF PITY IF YOU CANNOT FULFILL HIS NEEDS, AS HE DOES NEED A SPECIFIC SETTLED HOME.

Nancy


 

Nancy has a very strong personality and is looking for a human who is happy to be owned by her. Nancy is looking for a mature home with no children or other pets and she will always be the only cat in the home. She must have outdoor access and allowed to be a free spirit. In return Nancy will bring so much fun to your home, happiness and love. She must be able to do what she wants to do and never feel suffocated, she is a quirky little miss who is desperate for her own home.

Trudie


 

Trudie is a young and stunning lady who has a huge amount of love to give to her human. She is a lap cat, so will make a lovely companion and she loves human attention. She will enjoy outdoor access and will make a fabulous addition to any home.

Maggie


 

Maggie is a very shy girl, who has never had any care or love in her life. She needs a mature human, who will understand her need for a little patience and kindness. She needs to be in a quiet home, where she will feel safe and her human can build a bond with her. Maggie would like her human not to be away from home for long periods, so she can build a trusting relationship and ideally her human will be female. Maggie has a lovely gentle nature and that can blossom when she finds the right home and she feels safe. PLEASE ONLY ENQUIRE ABOUT MAGGIE IF YOU CAN FULFILL HER NEEDS- FEMALE, MATURE, PATIENT, QUIET HOME, NO CHILDREN OR PETS, NOT AWAY FROM HOME FOR LONG PERIODS.

Morgan


 

Morgan is 6 years old, gentle and kind who is affectionate and seeks a home with no small children. He would like outdoor access and someone who can keep his long coat in good condition. Will make a lovely companion.

Lola


 

Lola is 8 years old, very affectionate and loves being the centre of attention. She very much loves humans and enjoys playing with children, but she would need to be the only pet as she doesnt really like other cats. She very much enjoys going outdoors, her playtime and will make a lovely addition to any home.

Benjamin a true treasure


 
 

This is Benjamin who is only 3 to 4 years old and has suffered so badly through human neglect. His body was covered in sores, bald patches and he was in such pain. He was emaciated, suffering from hypothermia and starvation. That was his previous sad life and now after months of treatment and kindness, he is eager to begin his new life. Despite all of the pain he suffered, he gives so much to humans in love and affection. He seeks a loving quiet home as the only cat, outdoor space and a quite close relationship with his human. All cats deserve a top class home, but Benjamin has suffered so badly he needs to be at the front of the queue.

MULTI CAT-MULTI ANIMAL HOMES

It sadly seems today that it is fashionable to collect cats, or various animals in one household. Sadly it rarely works and sadly the animal suffers every time. Cats dont like living in groups, the more cats in one home, the higher the percentage of behavioural problems. Some of the behavioural problems in cats are inappropriate toileting, over grooming, bullying, spraying even in neutered cats. People just dont understand that cats are complicated creatures and have feline needs which are often not met. Keeping cats indoors when they desperately want to go outdoors, not providing stimulation when they arent allowed out, feeding too much food which the cats eat as they are bored. Willows takes in many cats which have suffered through this type of home, or where people decide to bring a dog into the home and the cat often than not suffers. People are going to breeders who breed animals purely for money, therefore funding the reason to treat animals as cash cows. It is a throw away culture we live in and unfortunately the pets are part of this. People acquire them because they can, just like a mobile phone. Too many people want another animal for themselves and cant see the negative impact upon the animal they already have and the suffering they go through. Before you think about taking on another animal, have a thought about the ones you already have and the fact that these animals are indeed animals and not humans. Too many people treat their pets especially dogs as humans, this doesnt make for a happy pet. PLEASE ADOPT, DO NOT BUY AND PLEASE DONT ANIMAL COLLECT AS THERE IS SO MUCH SUFFERING GOING ON IN MULTI ANIMAL HOMES.

RABBITS WINTER NEEDS

Every winter hundreds of rabbits die of hyperthermia outdoors, as their owners arent aware of the important need of keeping them warm. In the wild rabbits live deep underground in burrows huddled together, where each others body warmth keeps them from freezing to death. Living alone outside with little protection is impossible to maintain the correct body temperature. Insulation is vital with huge amounts of hay needed to help the rabbit stay alive, but the best solution is to have the hutch indoors in very cold weather. Pieces of carpet and thick layers of dry paper, provide excellent insulation in their sleeping compartment as well as hay for burrowing into. Hay is expensive when bought at a supermarket or a pet shop and going to a local farm, or perhaps sourcing it online is a much cheaper alternative. In adverse weather water freezes quickly and daily checks must be made on the water supply. For free advice or suggestions on rabbit welfare, please call Maria 0191 4568511.

Willows Grooming Service

Many long coated cats require help with their coats and often it is very difficult to keep them looking good. We recommend that long haired cats are regularly clipped especially in the Springtime, for not only their overall comfort but to reduce the hairball problem which they often have. For a high class grooming service, please contact Maria on 0191 4568511.

RABBIT DIET

Hay is vital in a rabbits diet and 80 percent of fresh meadow hay is ideal. They have delicate digestive systems and fruit should only be given in tiny amounts as treats, such as an odd grape or strawberry. Too much fruit can give them diarrhoea. Carrot, broccoli, cabbage and kale are good vegetables to feed and a high quality dry food in small portions. Never feed multi colour dry pet shop food as this is like a cheap takeaway for humans, it is very bad for their bowel and health. Putting a large thick branch in their living quarters is ideal to keep their teeth worn down. Equally important is the freedom they should have to run around and not be incarcerated in a small hutch. Any advice can be given by Willows.