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



Clarence is looking for a quiet and mature home, where there will never be any children or pets. He is nearly blind, which maybe due to him being born with defective sight or a lack of taurine in his diet when young. Lack of taurine in a cats diet can lead to severe health repercussions, including blindness. This is why feeding your cat on a good quality diet is important. Buying cheaper brands of cat food also means the protein levels are low and they are bulked out with cereals for cheapness, cereal is not part of a cats natural diet and this also includes wheat which is a known irritant to the bowel. Clarence therefore requires a settled and mature home with one or two humans, who will understand his needs. He is extremely affectionate and would like his humans to be around a lot of the time. He will learn how to navigate around the furniture, which will need to be kept in the same place and he will most definitely need to be a house cat as he is extremely vulnerable. PLEASE DO NOT ENQUIRE ABOUT HIM OUT OF PITY IF YOU CANNOT FULFILL HIS NEEDS, AS HE DOES NEED A SPECIFIC SETTLED HOME.






Most people love to look at kittens, but how many of them have a thought about the mother. An unspayed queen does not live as long as a spayed one, as she is susceptible to many illnesses such as a pyometra which is a womb infection and can lead to a painful death. An unspayed queen will come into heat through out her life and continually produce kittens adding to the already massive overpopulation of cats. Thousands of cats in rescues unwanted and people still dont care enough to have cats neutered, toms as well as queens. Mating between cats is very aggressive and painful for the queen. She has no choice in the matter and the highly sexually charged tom will mount her, bite her neck so she cannot flee and will rape her. Any other entire toms around will then also rape her, hence different coloured kittens in one litter. An entire tom can smell an unspayed queen from quite a distance away. The screaming from the queen is when the tom withdraws his penis which is barbed, as that lacerates the queen and she rolls over in pain. If the queen is homeless then she has a huge struggle to find food and shelter as she grows bigger everyday. Everyone who allows their queen outside unspayed is guilty, as that queen will become pregnant. Kittens from 16 weeks can become pregnant if in heat. These young cats were once kittens, but people seem to forget that. These animals have no choice in the matter so we have to do the right thing for them. Kittens arent kittens long and most of them have been born from a mother who has suffered severe hardship and no care. The same thing goes for dogs forced to breed when there are thousands incarcerated in rescues. Designer dogs are bred for money, bought for show. If you love animals you would rescue not buy. PLEASE ADOPT DONT SHOP.


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.


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.


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.