The UK’s largest cat charity is appealing to knitters to help make life a little more comfortable for thousands of cats in its care as they wait to find new homes.
Donations can be dropped into any of the charity’s branches, shops or adoption centres or taken to Cats Protection’s stand at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London from 7 – 11 October.
A pattern for the popular Captain Cat-Battler knitted mouse – originally designed by Lauren O’Farrell (www.whodunnknit.com) – will be available to pick up at the show, or by calling the charity’s Helpline on 03000 12 12 12.
As well as details of the knitting bee, Cats Protection’s stand will be a hive of activity for cat lovers, with cat care guides, a range of cat-related merchandise and information about how to become a volunteer for the charity.
Visitors will be able to use an iPad to take a look at the charity’s online Find-a-Cat search tool to see cats and kittens available for homing in their area.
Cats Protection’s Events Manager Emma Osborne said: “We first launched our knitting bee last year and have been thrilled by the support we’ve received from knitters across the UK.
“The finished items have been a great success with the cats in our care, with the mice providing hours of fun and the blankets offering a snug place to curl up on.
“We’ve been amazed by the colour and pattern combinations chosen by knitters and were really looking forward to seeing how creative they will be this year.”
Cats Protection advises that when knitting a toy or blanket, 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 injury to cats and kittens. Loose weave blanket patterns involving the use of large needles are best avoided too. The charity also suggests that cat owners regularly inspect cat toys for signs of wear or damage, not to leave cats unattended with knitted toys, and not to use knitted toys or blankets with cats that have wool-chewing habits.
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps over 205,000 cats each year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 31 adoption centres.
More information about Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk To find out more about the Knitting & Stitching Show, please visit www.alexandrapalace.com/whats-on/the-knitting-stitching-show/