Early Neutering

All of Britain's rescues are permanently full of unwanted cats because of one reason only. Owners still aren't being responsible and neutering their cats early, by the age of 5 months. Some vets will neuter as young as 4 months, such as Vets 4 Pets in Sunderland, but most will make people wait until 6 months. This unfortunately can mean the queen becoming pregnant before she is spayed if she is let outdoors and queens can be in heat at 18 weeks.An unspayed queen can be responsible for up to 20,000 offspring in her lifetime. There is no reason for a queen to have a litter, in fact it is traumatic for her to go through this. Rescues are full of unwanted cats, which were once kittens. Neutering your kitten early and keeping it indoors before the neuter will mean no extra kittens. If your vet wont neuter until 6 months, Vets4pets in Sunderland/Durham will neuter at 4 months and will advise you that early neutering is easier and safer. CPL can help people on benefit with the neutering, but you should think carefully before you take on any animal that you can financially afford a lifetime of commitment.

Available Cats

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ ABOUT KITTENS.

The huge overpopulation of cats has been produced simply because people dont have their cats neutered. The sad fact of this society is that kittens are produced in abundance and so often passed around like toys to families with small children. When the female is about 4 months old the cute factor has worn off and she is discarded and mostly will spend her life pregnant on the street, or passed onto the next family. There are only a few kittens who can cope with small children, the rest are left terrified being hunted by the children and often the kittens are left permanently traumatized. A child needs to be a child, but kittens are rarely comfortable in this environment, they need to be cherished and cared for not hiding and petrified. Willows rescues so many of these unfortunate creatures, as people dont want them when the novelty value has worn off and by then the damage has been done to the kitten. The kittens will then grow into skittish and nervous cats who are very difficult to home through no fault of their own. It is nature and nurture which will produce a well balanced and happy cat. These cats then need a quiet and special home, as they cant cope with a noisy and a busy household, quiet homes are in short supply. People ooh and ahh at kittens, but who will think about the poor mother who has produced them and had no life. The lucky ones end up in a rescue, the rest live at risk each day. IF YOU HAVE SMALL CHILDREN, PLEASE HAVE A THOUGHT ABOUT THE ANIMAL YOU WILL LOOK AFTER AND RECOGNISE A KITTEN WILL OFTEN THAN NOT SUFFER BADLY. NEXT TIME YOU SEE A KITTEN, HAVE A THOUGHT ABOUT THE MOTHER, AS SHE WAS ONCE ONE OF THOSE KITTENS AND NOW IS UNWANTED. ALWAYS ADOPT, NEVER BUY.

Benjamin a true treasure


 
 

This is Benjamin who is only 3 to 4 years old and has suffered so badly through human neglect. His body was covered in sores, bald patches and he was in such pain. He was emaciated, suffering from hypothermia and starvation. That was his previous sad life and now after months of treatment and kindness, he is eager to begin his new life. Despite all of the pain he suffered, he gives so much to humans in love and affection. He seeks a loving quiet home as the only cat, outdoor space and a quite close relationship with his human. All cats deserve a top class home, but Benjamin has suffered so badly he needs to be at the front of the queue.

Seal


 

Seal is about 2 years old, very handsome and loves to be fussed over. He was originally given away unwanted when his owner moved home and is looking for a home for life where he can be cherished for the first time. He would like outdoor access and is a thoroughly lovely and kind boy.

Soapy


 

Soapy is under one year old and because she wasnt cared for, found herself seeking refuge in someones hallway late one night from the heavy rain. She was unspayed and if no one had helped her, she would have spent her life pregnant unwanted outdoors. She was dirty, thin and distressed but despite the hardship she has endured is a total sweetheart who only wants to be loved and adored. She must have outdoor access to enjoy all of what the outdoors can offer her. When she is indoors she wants to cuddle up to everyone and be their friend, she has perfect hearing and is bright intelligent, gentle and funny. She will love a family of her own and will give them her loyalty. If you can be her perfect home please get in touch.

Asia


 
 

Asia is approximately 8 years old and a quiet gentle cat. She is looking for an understanding and patient home where her human will allow to settle at her pace. She is very sad at the moment as her owner ha passed away, but when the right human comes along and understands her, she will begin to live again. Given time her confidence will grow and she will make a lovely pet. Definitely no other pets to be in her new home and no children.

FREE ADVICE GIVEN ABOUT YOUR PET

WILLOWS will dispense free advice to anyone needing it about their pet. You may want to know where to buy the best flea treatment at the cheapest price, why your cat is inappropriately toileting or any other question. If we know the answer we will let you know, just call 0191 4568511, or 0752 304 7234.

Peggy


 

Poor Peggy has been waiting in the rescue for a very long time, constantly overlooked over looked in favour of prettier cats. She is an attractive black and white lady, who previously lived a lonely and difficult life on the streets where she had been shown no care or kindness. She is affectionate and loves human company, but will let you know when to stop fussing and taps you on the hand. She will not mind if you are out all day, she is happy to do her own thing and will of course enjoy going out when she chooses. Adopting a cat who other people treat as invisible provides so much satisfaction, after all colour is superficial, do you choose your friends by their hair colour. Peggy has her bag packed and is desperate to begin her permanent and new life, are you the one to take that journey with her.

MULTI CAT-MULTI ANIMAL HOMES

It sadly seems today that it is fashionable to collect cats, or various animals in one household. Sadly it rarely works and sadly the animal suffers every time. Cats dont like living in groups, the more cats in one home, the higher the percentage of behavioural problems. Some of the behavioural problems in cats are inappropriate toileting, over grooming, bullying, spraying even in neutered cats. People just dont understand that cats are complicated creatures and have feline needs which are often not met. Keeping cats indoors when they desperately want to go outdoors, not providing stimulation when they arent allowed out, feeding too much food which the cats eat as they are bored. Willows takes in many cats which have suffered through this type of home, or where people decide to bring a dog into the home and the cat often than not suffers. People are going to breeders who breed animals purely for money, therefore funding the reason to treat animals as cash cows. It is a throw away culture we live in and unfortunately the pets are part of this. People acquire them because they can, just like a mobile phone. Too many people want another animal for themselves and cant see the negative impact upon the animal they already have and the suffering they go through. Before you think about taking on another animal, have a thought about the ones you already have and the fact that these animals are indeed animals and not humans. Too many people treat their pets especially dogs as humans, this doesnt make for a happy pet. PLEASE ADOPT, DO NOT BUY AND PLEASE DONT ANIMAL COLLECT AS THERE IS SO MUCH SUFFERING GOING ON IN MULTI ANIMAL HOMES.

BLACK, BLACK AND WHITE CATS


 
 
 

MANY PEOPLE WONT CONSIDER A BLACK OR A BLACK AND WHITE CAT, AS THEY CONSIDER THEM NOT PRETTY ENOUGH. THE COLOUR OF A CAT IS SUPERFICIAL, THE NATURE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. THESE CATS NEED A BIG PERSONALITY TO SHINE ABOVE THE SO CALLED PRETTIER COLOURS AND THEY CERTAINLY DO HAVE BIG, WONDERFUL NATURES. PLEASE DONT LOOK FOR A PRETTY COLOUR WHEN THE PERFECT BLACK, BLACK AND WHITE IS PROBABLY LOOKING AT YOU. ALL RESCUES HAVE MANY BLACK OR BLACK AND WHITES WHO ARE OFTEN STUCK, LOOK AT THEIR PERSONALITY AND WILLOWS IS CERTAIN THEY CAN FIND THE PERFECT CAT FOR YOU. ALL OF THE CATS ARE UNWANTED AND MANY SUFFERED NEGLECT, YOU CAN TURN THEIR LIVES AROUND. THE PROBLEM OF THE MANY UNWANTED ANIMALS IS BECAUSE HUMANS HAVENT CARED ENOUGH TO HAVE THEM NEUTERED AND CREATED A MASSIVE AND UNWANTED ANIMAL POPULATION. YOU CAN HELP BY ADOPTING AND NOT BUYING.

RABBITS WINTER NEEDS

Every winter hundreds of rabbits die of hyperthermia outdoors, as their owners arent aware of the important need of keeping them warm. In the wild rabbits live deep underground in burrows huddled together, where each others body warmth keeps them from freezing to death. Living alone outside with little protection is impossible to maintain the correct body temperature. Insulation is vital with huge amounts of hay needed to help the rabbit stay alive, but the best solution is to have the hutch indoors in very cold weather. Pieces of carpet and thick layers of dry paper, provide excellent insulation in their sleeping compartment as well as hay for burrowing into. Hay is expensive when bought at a supermarket or a pet shop and going to a local farm, or perhaps sourcing it online is a much cheaper alternative. In adverse weather water freezes quickly and daily checks must be made on the water supply. For free advice or suggestions on rabbit welfare, please call Maria 0191 4568511.

Willows Grooming Service

Many long coated cats require help with their coats and often it is very difficult to keep them looking good. We recommend that long haired cats are regularly clipped especially in the Springtime, for not only their overall comfort but to reduce the hairball problem which they often have. For a high class grooming service, please contact Maria on 0191 4568511.

RABBIT DIET

Hay is vital in a rabbits diet and 80 percent of fresh meadow hay is ideal. They have delicate digestive systems and fruit should only be given in tiny amounts as treats, such as an odd grape or strawberry. Too much fruit can give them diarrhoea. Carrot, broccoli, cabbage and kale are good vegetables to feed and a high quality dry food in small portions. Never feed multi colour dry pet shop food as this is like a cheap takeaway for humans, it is very bad for their bowel and health. Putting a large thick branch in their living quarters is ideal to keep their teeth worn down. Equally important is the freedom they should have to run around and not be incarcerated in a small hutch. Any advice can be given by Willows.