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Appeal from a Fosterer

This is appeal from me.

Does anyone have any spare flea treatments they might be willing to donate. I’ll show you a picture which isn’t very nice to see. This is so far what has been got off the three week old Kitten. No wonder she was dying. I don’t want anyone to judge (even though I’m pretty upset myself) I have to be diplomatic in the sense of my only aim now is to help the other cats and kittens in this ladies care.

For the cats sake only. There are 11 in total including the two other kittens. If I could afford I would buy them myself but unfortunately I don’t have the funds to be able to do that. Over 50 fleas on this little one. I cannot educate everyone but I need to try and get these cats flea’d and wormed as the lady been using bob Martin.

I’m prepared to put 10 pound in myself. My only goal now is to save the lives of the other two kittens and I’ll only do that by treating the whole house. One dog also that will also need doing.

Thoughts from a fosterer …

I don’t post anything too serious on here usually a pic of one of my fosters. But today I just find myself in a crabby and somewhat sombre mood. Working in rescue just over six months now. I have begun to realise just how irresponsible people can be. There will always be genuine cases of needing a cat rehomed. Even moving house in some cases which is probably one of the most common ones we get asked about.

Getting an animal be it a cat, dog, bird, hamster or a goldfish is a responsibility. I’ve had a cat 18 years and whatever has happen in my life and I did move a number of times when she was younger. I’ve had relationship break ups. I’ve been financially in hardship. I work full time and also have a second job too. All factors that could cause me or anyone else to think right I need my cat rehoming. I get there will always be genuine cases and perhaps I am coming across judgemental I really don’t mean to be. Animals are a responsibility, one not to be taken likely. Rescues bursting at the seams with a lot of cats who have found themselves inrescue through no fault of their own. Kittens born when mum could have been neutered. Males mating creating pregnancy when it’s so easy and cheap and even free to get those nuts off 

Some days I get frustrated. I look at some of the older cats who may end up in foster for a long time because ‘cute kittens’ are so much more appealing. Don’t get me wrong the kittens need homes too but my wish would be for people to give a slightly older cat a chance. After all kittens will not stay kittens for long.

I enjoy volunteering for heronbank don’t get me wrong. I’ll always strive to rehome as many as I can. Young and old. I wish we could save all the ones we get asked about but no sooner do we rehome there is never a space for long.

There are also the wonderful people who do take responsibility. The people who have rehomed from us. Both young and old cats. So to those people I am very thankful and grateful that a rescue cat was considered.

That’s my thoughts for today, not often I will put them down in a post but there you go.

…  From a fosterer

Traumatised cats

Some of the cats we get in to rescue are understandably nervous, others quite frankly are petrified. They will remain perfectly still and quiet when travelling in a car much like feral cats do. They will crouch down and avoid eye contact with humans.
So how can we help them to overcome their fear and trust us?

A good method is to slow down your breathing and slow down your blinking and turn your head slightly sideways so that you are not looking directly at the cat. On approach bow your head in acknowledgement of them much like Indians do in their traditional greeting of palms together and a slow bow. Meow softly and purr gently if you are able. Keep all movements very slow.

The cats above were traumatised when they came in yesterday tea time. We left them to chill out overnight but this morning they were hiding behind their scratching post so we decided we would need to call in Heronbank’s own Cat Whisperer, Mary. After a short time with Mary, they allowed her to pick them up, cuddle them and transport them into their inner enclosure where there is a nice warm bed on a shelf out of drafts, where they settled down for a sleep. She even got them purring!
They will need some more work but we have ordered some calming products which we can use on their bedding and in their water dish and no doubt their aunty Mary will be back to see them. Thank you Mary x

Pumpkin aka Munchie

My name is Pumpkin aka Munchie.
Age: 12 years.
Neutered: Yes
Vaccinated: Yes. Comes with vacs for life policy.
This is the oldest kitty we have at heronbank. Meet pumpkin aka munchie she is now 12 years old and finds herself in rescue. A cat harder than most we have to rehome. She came into rescue after her owner passed away and the lady who was looking after her had to move out of the house and couldn’t take pumpkin with her. She’s always been an indoor cat and hasn’t mixed with other cats (until she went into foster) My one hope for a home is this gorgeous middle aged lady. Would suit someone retired with no other cats. Do you know an older person or couple who might just want a lovely old girl for some company.

Easter Cake

This beautiful Easter cake is being made by the lovely Mary Carbutt especially for Heronbank to benefit the cats and kittens in its care.

Tickets may be purchased for £1 each and will be allocated online on receipt of the monies. Payment can be made through PayPal on donations@heronbank.co.uk using the family and friends option please.

The draw will be made on Thursday, 13 April at 8 PM to give time for you to collect the cake from Batley before Easter Sunday.

Pumpkin aka Munchie

This is the oldest kitty we have at heronbank. Meet pumpkin aka munchie she is now 12 years old and finds herself in rescue.

A cat harder than most of the ones we have to rehome, she came into rescue after her owner passed away and the lady who was looking after her had to move out of the house and couldn’t take pumpkin with her. She’s always been an indoor cat and hasn’t mixed with other cats (until she went into foster) The lovely Krow Kelly Hinchliffe is fostering her and she couldn’t be in a better foster home.

My one hope for a home is this gorgeous middle aged lady. Would suit someone retired with no other cats. Aww c’mon who knows an older person or couple who might just want a lovely old girl for some company.

Did you know … Antifreeze

Antifreeze is highly toxic to dogs and cats.

At this time of year drivers may be removing antifreeze from their vehicles for the summer months and if not disposed of carefully presents a very real danger to both cats and dogs. It’s sweet taste makes it palatable to them but it can change your healthy loving pet into a very sick animal fighting for their lives. It is devastating to owners of these animals.

Please dispose of Antifreeze thoughtfully.

Neutering …

Some interesting facts for you:

A pregnant cat and her offspring, over a 5 year period
can produce 25,000 (unwanted) kittens!
A female kitten can be pregnant at 4-5 months old
Males can inseminate females from 4 months old
A mother cat can be pregnant whilst feeding her kittens.

Cat neutering is the responsible way

Here at Heronbank Cat Rescue we see the impact of cats not being neutered everyday, so we feel very strongly that we all need to do the responsible thing and neuter our cats.

Cats can also be neutered from as young as 4 months. However, not all vets will neuter this young, but by six months old they can produce a litter of their own. Speak to us if your vet refuses to do this as we know vets who will!

Any cats leaving Heronbank over 4 months old are neutered, younger cats go with a prepaid voucher for neutering, valid at Donaldson Vets.

Flea and worm treatments for ferals …

Some ferals at a local industrial area tucking into some food from the rescue,
Some ferals at a local industrial area tucking into some food given to them by Heronbank rescue.

Did you know you can give flea and worm treatment to the feral cats that you are feeding?

Capstar tablets are very good for treating them for fleas and can be crushed and mixed in with some really tasty food. The same goes for panacur granules as a worm treatment.

These treatments really do work and has to be better than the misery that ferals suffer on a daily basis through flea and worm infestations