Look­ing for a for­ever home

Pen­sioner cats put up for adop­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

THE PURR-FECT re­tire­ment home is be­ing sought by an an­i­mal char­ity for two spe­cial sib­lings.

Chiltern Cats Pro­tec­tion is ap­peal­ing to read­ers to help find a for­ever home for Mr Beamish and Miss Mur­phy, who are brother and sis­ter from the same lit­ter and have found them­selves in foster care at the age of 17.

The branch’s sec­re­tary Kathryn Graves said: “Whilst they may be ad­vanced in years, Mr Beamish and Miss Mur­phy are fit and healthy cats who still like to play.”

Sadly, this is the sec­ond time that the pair find them­selves in need of a home. Mr Beamish and Miss Mur­phy were res­cue kit­tens who were lucky enough to find a happy home where they were well-loved for 17 years. A change in cir­cum­stances meant that their owner faced the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to give her long-term com­pan­ions over to Chiltern Cats Pro­tec­tion.

Mrs Graves added: “Mr Beamish and Miss Mur­phy have been with us since Jan­uary and no-one has en­quired about them. We don’t want th­ese beau­ti­ful cats to spend their twi­light years in foster care. All th­ese pen­sioner cats are look­ing for is a com­fort­able home with some­one who will

Mr Beamish and Miss Mur­phy. Right, Branch sec­re­tary of Chiltern Cats Pro­tec­tion Kathryn Graves with her cat Ge­orge ap­pre­ci­ate the love and com­pan­ion­ship they have to of­fer.”

While 10 years ago the house­hold moggy could have been ex­pected to live to around 13, to­day’s life ex­pectancy is much higher and many cats now sur­vive to their late-teens and early-20s in re­mark­ably good health.

Un­for­tu­nately, the char­ity said peo­ple tend to want to re-home kit­tens and young cats which means older cats can block up pen spa­ces for many months, re­duc­ing the num­ber of cats the branch can help. Mrs Graves said: “It’s such a shame be­cause older cats have much more set­tled na­tures – their wan­der­ing days are be­hind them so they­hey can of­fer ex­tremely valu­able com­pan­ion­ship.”

If you can re-home Mr Beamish and Miss Mur­phy call Chiltern Cats Pro­tec­tion on 0345 260 2396 or email en­quiries@ chiltern­cats.org.uk.

To find out about the re-hom­ing process and see the other cats cur­rently look­ing for their for­ever homes visit www.chiltern. cats.org.uk.

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