Help Duke find his for­ever home

Sheri­dan Gaunt is spokes­woman for Peter­bor­ough Cats Pro­tec­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - MUSIC MATTERS -

As­lightly older cat has just as much to of­fer as a younger cat. They can be homely and ex­tremely gen­er­ous in their af­fec­tions, and only want a com­fort­able, safe, lov­ing home in which to en­joy life.

Un­for­tu­nately, these qual­i­ties are of­ten over­looked and they can be­come long-term residents in care. Back in Jan­uary we took in the hand­some Duke. He was re­ported as a stray af­ter be­ing pos­si­bly left be­hind or dumped. He is what we re­fer to as one of our mid­dle-aged residents and is be­tween 8-10 years old. When he first came into our care his teeth were in quite a bad way, caus­ing him a lot of dis­com­fort and he had a stiff gait when he walked.

Over the past few weeks, Duke has had a course of anti-in­flam­ma­to­ries to set­tle the stiff­ness in his leg, which was pos­si­bly caused by the time he spent as a stray sleep­ing rough, along with some den­tal work. I don’t think I have ever met any­one who en­joyed a trip to the den­tist. A cat is no dif­fer­ent! But the in­stant re­lief he felt after­wards was well worth the visit!

His fos­terer has worked with him on a daily ba­sis and he is now very set­tled and loves to show off his so­cia­ble chatty side. He is also very par­tial to a good head rub and fuss!

Even with all this in his favour, we know that his age will mean that he will stay in our branch for a longer pe­riod of time than most.

We un­der­stand that peo­ple will be con­cerned that if they adopt a slightly older cat, they may have health is­sues, but you can be con­fi­dent that our vets give all the cats in our care a thor­ough health check, so you will have an up-to- date record of their health from the mo­ment you adopt them. Your cat will also have at least the first part of their vac­ci­na­tion, if not the full course, de­pen­dant on the length of time they re­main in branch, they will be neutered, mi­crochipped and have had their flea and worm treat­ment.

Our cats all come with four weeks free pet in­sur­ance with PetPlan, which is guar­an­teed to con­tinue re­gard­less of your cat’s age, if you wish to con­tinue the pol­icy with them af­ter this ini­tial pe­riod.

Many other in­sur­ance com­pa­nies do not in­sure older cats, which is why we chose PetPlan as our part­ner.

So please, don’t walk past a slightly older cat. They have a lot of love still to share.

With ad­vances in vet­eri­nary care and nutri­tion and more protective and in­formed own­ers, cats can ex­pect to live way into their late teens quite hap­pily, so tak­ing on a mid­dle aged to older cat doesn’t mean you will have to say your good­byes too soon; you could have many, many happy years of love and fuss ahead for both of you!

And don’t for­get, they won’t mind if you’re not home on time, they can wash their own socks, they ap­pre­ci­ate their food and above all they will make your house feel like a home.

If you would like to find out more about Duke (pic­tured), con­tact us on 0345 371 2750 or email us at cphom­ing@talk­

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