Mums need love and pam­per­ing

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

AS I write, the leaves are tum­bling orange from the trees, the pave­ments are glis­ten­ing af­ter a sudden down­pour, front gar­dens are crowded with Michael­mas daisies and there is a def­i­nite chill in the air.

Au­tumn has ar­rived and it’s time to curl up in the big­gest arm­chair you can find, make a nest in a pile of cushions and have a nice lit­tle nap.

Spare a thought for the an­i­mals in our care who are cur­rently with­out a per­ma­nent home – or arm­chair – of their own.

Al­though we pro­vide as many com­forts as we can, a cat­tery or ken­nel en­vi­ron­ment sim­ply can­not com­pare with a lov­ing fam­ily home.

It’s a bit like you or I spend­ing the win­ter in a bud­get ho­tel – our ba­sic needs would be met, the room might be clean and com­fort­able, the staff do­ing ev­ery­thing they can to make you feel welcome, but it is just not the same as a home of one’s own.

In par­tic­u­lar, we have a num­ber of adult fe­male cats who came to us preg­nant at the start of the sum­mer, who have given birth, reared their kit­tens and who are now alone again af­ter the kit­tens have been weaned and adopted.

Now spayed, mi­crochipped and vac­ci­nated, these lovely lady cats are look­ing for their for­ever homes.

They’re all res­cue cats so have been through tough times, and need un­der­stand­ing new own­ers who will give them time to set­tle in and get to know their new sur­round­ings af­ter months spent in the care of the RSPCA.

Cham­pagne is one of our lovely mum cats who has reared her kit­tens and is now look­ing for her own for­ever home. She is a very cuddly lady who just loves at­ten­tion from peo­ple.

She does also like her own space when she needs it and likes to sit and watch the world go by.

This lovely lady would make a great fam­ily com­pan­ion, al­though she would pre­fer not to live with chil­dren un­der five years of age.

Cham­pagne does not like to share her space with other cats, but could live with a cat-savvy dog.

Cham­pagne would love to find her for­ever home as she has so much love and life to give – can you of­fer her the home she truly de­serves?

Trixie was only eight months old her­self when she was found with her five kit­tens, aban­doned in a va­cated prop­erty.

She has spent more than three months with us rais­ing her off­spring and now, hav­ing been neutered, is long­ing to start a new life in a lov­ing home.

She is a con­fi­dent young lady who is very af­fec­tion­ate, full of char­ac­ter and en­joys plenty of at­ten­tion.

Trixie would pre­fer not to live with other cats but would prob­a­bly be fine with a calm dog.

Af­ter all the care she has lav­ished on her kit­tens, Trixie de­serves to be on the re­ceiv­ing end of lots of love and pam­per­ing now – can you help?

If you or any­one you know could of­fer a calm, lov­ing home to one of our mum cats, please down­load an adop­tion ap­pli­ca­tion form from our web­site www. rspc­ahilling­don­clinic.org. uk, or call us on 01895 833417.

Forms can also be picked up from our Hilling­don Clinic at the junc­tion of Uxbridge Road and Long Lane.

Let’s face it, with the nights draw­ing in and some bril­liant tele­vi­sion to watch, what could be bet­ter than a warm, purring cat on your lap to keep you com­pany through this win­ter, and be­yond? Now, where’s the re­mote?

n GREAT COM­PAN­IONS: Cham­pagne (left) and Trixie

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