Christmas Wishes for our Cats

Christmas Wishes for our Cats

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Christmas is fast approaching us this year, and with just a few days to go, why not help make Christmas extra special for one of the many moggies who will be spending the holidays in care?

The Stranraer & District branch of Cats Protection is a small self-funded branch run solely by a few volunteers. We have set up an Amazon wish list  with items the cats in our care need. This ranges from litter trays and cat beds to small toys to help keep our felines entertained. Whatever your choice of gift, it will be gratefully received by our volunteers and help make a cat very happy.

If you have a knack for knitting, why not make a fun homemade present, the ‘Captain Cat-Battler’ mouse toy! This was originally designed by Lauren O’Farrell ( for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. Click here  to download the Captain Cat-Battler pattern. Whether it be for your own cat or to the kitties in our care, your gift will definitely help to make their Christmas.

Captain Cat-Battler Toy
For more creative ideas for homemade toys, visit the posts by Cats Protection in their ‘Meow’ blog.

Advice from Cats Protection on homemade cat toys below:

“Please note that if you are knitting a toy or blanket for a feline friend, it’s best to avoid the use of stretchy yarns or small plastic items – such as those that can be used for mouse eyes – to reduce the risk of inadvertent injury/ingestion. Loose-weave blanket patterns involving the use of large needles are also best avoided. Any knitted toys should be avoided for cats known to be wool-chewers. Please supervise play with your cat and don’t leave your cat unattended with toys which could be shredded and eaten or cause entanglement. Check toys regularly for signs of wear, replacing when appropriate.”

Furry Friends with FIV

Furry Friends with FIV

What is Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)?

FIV is a virus in cats that is similar to the human virus, HIV or Human Immunodeficiency Virus. However, FIV does not infect humans in the same way HIV does not infect cats.

Signs and Symptoms

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Cats Protection Guide to FIV

An FIV positive cat can live healthily for years with the virus before any signs or symptoms start to show.

The main impact of FIV is a weakened immune system for the cat, which can make them vulnerable to other infections.

Living with FIV

FIV is present in the bodily fluids of infected cats, including their blood and saliva. The virus cannot be transferred to other cats from your hands or clothes, as it is unable to survive for long outside the cat.

Cats mainly pick up the virus through bite wounds from fighting; mating behaviour and an infected female cat can pass it on to her kittens.

Unfortunately, there is currently no reliable treatment for FIV and once a cat becomes infected, they will be FIV positive for the rest of their life.

Adopting a cat with FIV

FIV positive cats need loving homes just as much as FIV free cats. A perfect example is the lovely Mog, who landed in our care this week.

Mog strikes a pose

Mog is estimated to be about 10 years old and apart from being FIV positive, he has had a full vet check-up and is fit in every other way. He is affectionate and friendly, and just wants a warm home with food and lots of cuddles.

Loving and Cuddly

Although he has no need to be on medication for the foreseeable future, he will need to be kept indoors as a house cat, to prevent the spread of FIV to other cats. Advice from Cats Protection includes:

“Cats Protection recommends that FIV-positive cats are kept indoors and only allowed outside in an impenetrable garden or safe run. They should not be allowed direct contact with FIV-negative cats”

Mog will make the perfect house cat for an elderly person or couple.

Mog and his mouse

At the ripe old age of 10 – we think he is doing ok! If you’re looking for a house cat with character, Mog is your man.

If you think you can offer Mog that special home, we’d love to hear from you.


Phone: 0345 371 2759

Read the handy guide to FIV produced by Cats Protection here.