CHARITY SHOP OPENING
SATURDAY 8TH MARCH
75 HIGH STREET
Come along and celebrate with some cake and bubbly stuff.
For general information about adopting one of our rescue cats, please see the Cats for adoption page: http://www.bristolandwalescatrescue.com/catsforadoption.htm
IN PRAISE OF OLDER CATS
Older cats are always harder to re-home, especially during kitten season when they are completely overlooked in favour of the little cuties.
BUT older cats make wonderful pets:
They don't wreck the house!
They are more relaxed and love their cuddles - they make great lap cats.
They are much less demanding and are happy to be left on their own.
They don't go far and many are content to be indoor cats - a bonus for people living in flats or on busy roads.
Older cats make great companions for older people but many senior citizens believe they cannot own a cat because they don't have transport or they are less able than younger people.
RUBBISH!! Older people make wonderful owners, they have more time and often more patience!
We provide a full support service - trips to the vets, help with medication etc and we are always at the end of the phone.
The benefits of cat ownership have been scientifically proven:
Cat owners are more active and more sociable, they have better physical health, recovering from heart attacks more easily and making less trips to their GP.
They have better mental health, they are happier with another little soul to look after - it gives them a focus and a reason to get up in the morning.
Loneliness is a terrible thing and a little furry friend improves their whole quality of life, increasing social interactions and providing companionship.
Have you an elderly friend or relative who would love some company?
Please consider one of our golden oldies below:
Felix's owner is reluctantly parting with him due to a house move. He is 11 years old, and although he's not a lap cat, he loves being around people: he will have a little chat with you and is very purry. He is also used to dogs and still has a playful side - his favourite game is chasing a piece of string or wool! He would suit an adult home or one with older children.
Felix has had a touch of IBS/colitis in the past but is usually absolutely fine and just needs a Prednilisone tablet each day during a flare up which costs pence.
Max was being fed by a Good Samaritan for a few months until we had a space. He's just a teddy bear, soft and gentle, not very brave and not very bright but adorable. He has a pathetic, squeaky miaow, loves his food and is getting a bit porky as it's hard not to spoil him!
Max had an eye infection that had been untreated for a long time and it's left him with pigmentation that looks like eye liner but his eyes are fine now; he's also had a dental and tested negative for FIV/FeLV. He is around 10 years old and needs a lovely new home with endless supplies of Dreamies!
This is 10-year-old Jasmine who had to move out of her home as she didn’t get on with the family puppy. She can be a little shy so she would be best suited to a quiet home where she can get to know her new family in her own time. She may never be a lap cat but she is very chatty, loves being around people and enjoys nothing more than cuddling up on the bed; once she is settled, she will purr and paddle away when stroked.
Her foster mum would love to keep her but feels she is best suited to being an outdoor cat as her hunting skills are wasted on string and fabric mice! Despite her age, once she sees a ribbon, she is like a kitten again and will play at any opportunity.
Jasmine is microchipped, neutered and fully vaccinated. She has recently had blood tests - results of which have come back fine - and a dental procedure, so a bit of an MOT! What the vet did mention is that she could do with losing a bit of weight!
Swindon - home from home.
Meg needs a quiet indoor home where she can build up trust with a new family. She loves company, enjoys being stroked and will purr contentedly, but this gentle cat is easily startled and seems to be anticipating very rough handling, as previously she was abused. However, there has been a noticeable improvement in her confidence as she is now experiencing thoughtful and gentle handling.
Meg is 10 years old, microchipped, spayed, wormed and treated for fleas.
Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan
Well meet Fluffy:
Her owner says, "We adopted Fluffy at age 10+ and she's been in excellent health, no trips to the vets apart from vaccinations, is chilled and great with my respectful children. We would certainly take on an older cat again. We are so grateful to have a mature cat that's litter trained and doesn't scratch the furniture.
She is a real character. Every time I come anywhere near the PC Fluffy is straight up on to the desk, well onto the chair and then onto the desk! She lies down to sleep but in such a funny position! I know people may not want to adopt an older cat, but I would highly recommend it. What you see is what you get! Thank you Bristol and Wales Cat Rescue for Fluffy."
As you know, BWCR doesn't do putting to sleep; we give every cat the best chance we can and that includes our oldies, but sometimes we just can't rehome them. So.. we have an OAP room with our lovely Jen (an OAP herself, bless her!) in Eastville where they can live out their days in comfort with a lovely sunny garden to enjoy.
But ..they are a drain on our resources - from vet visits and medication to only eating posh pouches as their appetites aren't great when they're older - or maybe with old age comes great wisdom and the ability to con us!
We have Yasmine with mammary tumours, Smokey who is 22 and Annie who possibly has gut lymphoma - they're all happy and enjoying life and will stay with us for however long they have.
If you are able to help with the cost of keeping them for the rest of their lives, please get in touch.
Little old lady Annie (15+) was handed into a vet as a stray but no owner came forward to claim her. She has recurrent bouts of cystitis and the vet suspects that she has gut lymphoma. Her urine is very dilute too, which means she will go into renal failure at some point. She is also very deaf.
Amazingly, Annie seems as fit as a fiddle and is still very spritely! She's a little sweetie who loves food, especially anything her human might be eating - she believes in sharing! Because of her deafness, she has a very loud miaow with which to demand both food and cuddles!
Reggie is probably 15+, handsome and a lazy boy befitting his age. He lost a leg (probably came off worse with a car) a long time ago, but manages just fine. He's loving and sweet and likes to snuggle up all the time, and he likes to sleep...a lot.
He'll wake for food, cuddles and litter tray business, thats about it. So, if your looking for a cat who's no trouble but does a good impression of a furry cushion all day, look no further.
Reggie doesn't like other cats and will give them what for. He needs to be an only cat.
16-year-old Lizzie came to us with renal failure. She's fine at the moment though and very happy in her foster home, so long as you have time to stop and have a chat with her!
Shady was due to be put to sleep as his elderly owner went into care. He is very loving, and very much a lap cat who loves to sleep on people