Jo Brand’s purr-fect job

Jo Brand helps ad­ven­tur­ous fe­lines in trou­ble in a brand new se­ries

TV Times - - Contents - Jo Brand’s Cats & Kit­tens TUES­DAY / Chan­nel 5 / 8.00Pm Emma Bul­limore

If you’ve ever found your­self run­ning around af­ter a stub­born cat, or climb­ing a tree to res­cue a kit­ten, you might just re­late to the RSPCA of­fi­cers in the new Chan­nel 5 se­ries Jo Brand’s Cats & Kit­tens.

Comedian and Bake Off: An Ex­tra Slice host Jo is fol­low­ing the team around the coun­try as they save kit­tens in pre­car­i­ous sit­u­a­tions and check them over back at the vets.

It’s a dream job for life­long cat owner Jo. Here she tells us about pets stuck up the chim­ney and why kit­ties make purr-fect com­pan­ions… What made you sign up for a se­ries about cats, Jo?

It just sounded re­ally great! I love pre­sent­ing be­cause it gives you ac­cess to all sorts of dif­fer­ent worlds and I’ve al­ways had cats. I grew up in the coun­try, and I had cats dur­ing my child­hood, and ever since. I’ve got two at the mo­ment, Louis and Dotty, who get on quite well. We used to have more, but Dotty bul­lied his mother, who then de­cided to move next door! My neigh­bours were very happy to have her, so it worked out well in the end. You’re scrub­bing for surgery at the vets – was that tough to film? It was ac­tu­ally OK. There was one kit­ten, Saba, who went out onto a bal­cony, got a bit too ad­ven­tur­ous, and fell four sto­ries. Her front leg had to be am­pu­tated and I watched the op­er­a­tion. I thought I would

find it trau­matic and that I might go face down on the floor as soon as a bit of blood squirted in my di­rec­tion, but ac­tu­ally I was fine.

Will the se­ries be dis­tress­ing for us an­i­mal lovers?

We’ve tried to make sure all the sto­ries have happy end­ings. It’s like 24 Hours in A&E – they don’t tend to fea­ture peo­ple who die at the end, and it’s the same with us re­ally.

Have you been tempted to take any stray kit­tens home with you? I know Paul O’ Grady does that, he’s great. It’s early days but I haven’t taken one yet. I’m al­ways slightly drawn to­wards the ones that other peo­ple don’t want, the out­casts, and the cats that look a bit rough, the un­der­dogs of the fe­line world. I’m try­ing to be sen­si­ble and prac­ti­cal though.

How would you de­fend cats in the dogs vs cats de­bate?

My feel­ing is that cats have dif­fer­ent per­son­al­i­ties in the way that dogs do. It’s true that cats can be aloof but Louis, who’s 21 now, has al­ways been re­ally friendly. Whereas we had an­other cat, iron­i­cally named Sunny, who was just re­ally ag­gres­sive. Cats are also very clever – a friend of mine put a note on her cat’s col­lar say­ing ‘If you’re feed­ing this cat could you ring me?’ Nine peo­ple phoned her!

I think it’s the sign of a civilised so­ci­ety that the fire brigade will come out to save a kit­ten.

JO BRAND

Dare­devil… Saba af­ter her op­er­a­tion

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