CASE STUDIES

This page is aimed to give you some idea of the work we do and shows a small selection of cats that we have cared for past and present.

Unfortunately these are just the tip of the iceberg, and we come across new situations weekly.

Please be aware some of these photos you may find distressing

Sam

Poor Sam… It’s unknown how it happened but Sam broke the top part of his back left hip, splintering part of the bone. The vet was not sure if they could pin it, but felt it was worth a try rather than removing his leg. The surgery was done the following day and has thankfully been a success. Sam was in the vets for a week following his operation and is now recuperating with his fostermum. Amazingly he didn’t need a cast and his stitches were taken out after 10 days, but Sam has been left with some nerve damage and muscle loss. His muscles will improve once he’s allowed to exercise and the nerve damage should improve with time. His fostermum says ‘He is very verbal and likes to let me know when it is dinner time. Sam is a very affectionate cat who loves his cuddles. He has dealt with his injury well, though I think he has had enough of being confined indoors!’

Blossom, George & Pepper

Three small one’s: Despite being over 11 weeks these kittens only weighed the same as four week olds.  Sadly their brother did’t make it, but we’re pleased to report  the kittens photographed went on to find loving homes.

We often offer help with the cost of neutering, but some owners will not help themselves and their pets.

Early Neutering.

At Cats Protection, we are very aware that cats are often neutered too late in life when they have already produced at least one litter of kittens. Where there were only two cats, now there is suddenly a litter of six.

Neutering is the only effective way to reduce the number of unwanted cats in the UK. We recommend that pet cats are neutered at four months of age or younger, before they start puberty, to prevent unplanned pregnancies.

Maddison

Maddison, known affectionately as Maddy to his friends was a fabulous old man who had bundles of personality.

He was found wandering the streets painfully thin and in serious need of care. You could feel every bone in his body.

Maddison wasnt keen on the vets and usually threw a tantrum when he has to visit them.

Due to complications with Maddy’s health we were unable to rehome him and therefore he lived with his foster mum.

Maddison was doing well, had put on a little weight and had a beautiful coat. He was usually found residing on the sofa although had been known to sneak in to bed and curl up on the pillow on chilly nights!

Maddison was put to sleep on Monday 21st January 2008. His tumor had grown inside his intestine and attached itself to his lymph node.
Thank you to all those who enabled us to keep this old boy safe and happy until his time was up.

Berry

Berrie, a beautiful 16 year old tortie girl was brought into care in 2009. When she arrived, she was severely underweight at just 2.3kg and was diagnosed with having Hyperthyroidism; an overproduction of the thyroid hormone causing an accelerated heart rate, palpitations and weight loss.

Surgery is the normal course of action for many cats with Hyperthyroidism, to remove the thyroid, but this was not an option for Berrie as due to other complications, she would not have survived the operation. This meant that she was reliant on three time’s daily medication for her thyroid and also three times daily medication for her heart to counteract the palpitations. Due to the severity of her illness, she was not able to be adopted and had to remain in care.

Almost immediately after settling in to her fosterer’s home, Berrie gained 0.4 kg in weight which greatly improved her mobility and energy levels. She was always full of character and had a happy go lucky, bubbly personality. Her fosterer became very attached to her and would often wake up to find Berrie curled up asleep on top of her. She was spoilt rotten with all the food she could ever have wanted, from freshly cooked Chicken breast and Tuna steaks to gourmet cat food!

As the months pasted, Berrie unexpectedly lost her sight. Although the blindness was challenging at first, she adapted very well, and within just a few days she was accustomed to living at ground level, and could often be found curled up asleep on the sheepskin rug in front of the radiator; the best place in the house!

Sadly, as time went by, Berries condition worsened. Her old and tired body was weak, her eyes seemed distant and she started having unexplained fits. On top of this, she became anaemic due to a low red & white blood cell count, she was unable to sustain fluids or any weight gain, and her left lung collapsed causing great difficulties in breathing. The Cats Protection will never put a cat to sleep unless it is the last resort, but after several courses of antibiotics, more pills and blood tests, Berrie sadly pasted away at 6.10pm on Monday 15th March 2010.

The sadness of loosing her is completely indescribable. She was more than a cat; she was truly a member of the family in her fosterer’s home. Letting go of a cat, whether it be though a successful adoption or though death is always difficult, but being able to make the difference and give a cat the happy ending they deserve is worth more than anything. She was very much loved, and always will be.

Without your donations we wouldn’t be able to afford to care for cats like Berrie, or tackle the emotional highs and lows of that come with our volunteer work for the Cats Protection, but regardless of the heartache, we would do it a millions times over, just for those few months of happiness’s and to give some like Berrie a happy ending.

Orlando

Hi, my name’s Orlando; I’m a stunning ginger boy who loves to be cuddled! I’m only a year old, and unfortunately I had a bit of a traumatic start to life as I got hit by a car a few months ago, breaking one of my back legs. I’m all healed now, but need to live in a very safe location as I’m scared of cars now and can’t run as fast as I used to (lucky mice!). I am very shy with strange people, and it will take me a while to feel comfortable in a new home, so I would rather a nice peaceful quiet home with no children so I can relax. I don’t mind other cats or rabbits, so I could be homed with existing pets. Sadly he is yet another rta’s…

Cassie

Cassie is one of nine mums and kittens we had in care at the same time. Sadly Cassie’s owner died suddenly and she and her five 2 week old kittens became homeless. Her owner had cared for her very well and she had been to visit the vet, but sadly she was not neutered.
We are finding more and more cases each year, where very young cats who are still kittens themselves, come into care pregnant or with very young kittens. Sadly these cats often have complications when giving birth. Thankful Cassie and her babies were all fine.

Sally

Sweet little Sally was with us a long time as she was very nervous of people. Sally was found abandoned with her two small kittens, she had done a wonderful job of caring for them, but unfortunately this had taken a toll on her as she has under weight.
Sadly many people only want a straightforward, confident cat who will sit on their lap within 24 hours of arrival. Shy cats like Sally take time to gain confidence and this can be a slow process; But with quiet understanding and patience, if a nervous cat is allowed to set the pace of a new relationship with an owner the bond can become enormously strong.
Taking on a shy cat like Sally can be quite a commitment but the depth of the relationship in the end can be a huge reward.
Happily Sally eventually found just the right home and soon found an opportunity to demonstrate her technical side!

Cheeky

I was watching football with friends when my wife text me to say she’d seen a plea on social media for a foster cat, she knew about my cat obsession and probably didn’t think it would come to anything. I had other ideas.

I made initial enquiries and a few days later we had a home visit to ensure we were eligible- thankfully we were and later that day Cheeky arrived in our flat in Hove; within days she became an active (and vocal!) member of our family.

We knew exactly what we had in store. Unfortunately Cheeky had recently been diagnosed with cancer, having a small growth on her abdomen and we understood that she has ‘less than a year’, but our job was simple- to love her unconditionally and give her the best months of her already turbulent life. I assumed an unwanted cat would be so for that reason- that nobody wanted them, I was so wrong. It turned out that Cheeks had a previous owner who clearly loved and cared for her, when this lady passed away, old Cheeky Chops hit the road and lived ‘on the streets’. That didn’t affect her at all, rather she seems to love being close to people, if watching TV on our lap or sitting on the sofa, she always seems to require some contact- be it a head on our knee or a stretched out paw on our tummy.

I can’t put into words how much fun having her around the house is; sure we will need to say goodbye soon but in a strange way I’m expecting it…. I am prepared for it. This aside, I would wholeheartedly urge anyone considering fostering a cat to do so. Cheeky has in her own right helped me more than I could imagine, for she has finally convinced my wife that we should have cats. It took me 8 years, it took Cheeky 4 weeks. What a little legend.