How to help a stray cat
27 April 2015

At the moment we are finding that the number of adoptions are low.

This means we can not get the stray cats in as quickly as we need to.

If you have a stray cat, on a waiting list, here is the best advice we can give to you!

Firstly, get the cat checked for a microchip. The cat you are feeding may have an owner!

Secondly, if the cat is not neutered, there are organisations that will help to get them neutered.

Thirdly, make the cat a warm, dry place to sleep.

You can get a polystyrene box with a lid on from a fish monger. You can cut a hole out of the front so the cat can get in and out of it. Put a blanket or an old towel inside. This should keep the cat warm and dry until we can help.

You can also do the same with a plastic box, insulate the inside and add a cat flat to keep the breeze out. Make sure there are no sharp edges if you cut the plastic. 

Our aim at Cats Paws Sanctuary is to help stray and abandoned cats and kittens that are living on the streets of Blackpool.

By prioritising un-neutered cats, especially pregnant females and young kittens, we can make sure they are safe and when they are ready we can get them neutered, reducing the population of un-wanted cats and kittens on the streets.

At the sanctuary, we have 11 isolation pens. All cats must go into isolation for one week to allow us to find the owner and to make sure that the cat is not carrying any disease. After a week if no owner has come forwards, (which is usually the case) we can then take the cat to be health checked and neutered.

We then have 18 pens, which the cats available for adoption can go into.

We work on a one out, one in policy so when a cat is adopted we can take in a stray cat off the waiting list.

If we did not follow this policy it would be chaos.

If we took in more cats than we are allowed we would run the risk of cross contamination. The cats would be stressed causing illness. Staff and volunteers would be over worked causing sickness, injury and neglecting the cats. If extra staff were employed, Cats Paws funds would run out.

We have to stick to environmental enrichments and think of the welfare of the cats that we have here at the sanctuary. If we did not do this we would run the risk of being closed down!

So to keep us up and running, we ask for a little help from you!

If the cat does not have a micro chip, we can add it to our waiting list.

We do completely understand that it is not nice to see the cat outside in bad weather and it is very sad to see it so hungry but everyone is in the same situation.

Please be patient with us, we will get the cat in as soon as we have space.

In the mean time, please try and find somewhere warm, dry and safe for the cat to sleep in.

If the cat is upsetting your cat, please try to keep your cat indoors and provide it with lots of toys and attention to stop boredom and bad habits.

Again we know it is frustrating that you think we won’t help you but we will, when we can!

We also have to think about the other 50 plus cats and kittens that we usually have at the sanctuary. 

Think before you adopt
24 January 2015

Things to think about before you adopt a cat!

Before starting a family, many people plan and make sure they are ready for what life may bring them.

Why shouldn’t the same happen before taking on a cat or kitten?

As with babies, cats are a life commitment and with careful planning, many unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens can find happy new homes.


Things to think about before adopting a cat or kitten.

New family members!

If you were to have a baby, would there be enough room in the house for the cat to get away from the noise? Do you have a room that the cat can run to and happily sleep or play in away from a crawling baby? Taking this into consideration means that the cat and baby/child will be able to live and grow up safely together.


Moving home!

If you have to move home, would you be prepared to take the cat with you? Will you do the research to find a place that will accept your cat? Will you have the funds to pay a pet bond fee? Moving home is one of the main reasons why there are so many abandoned cats. If you take on the responsibility of a cat, you must be prepared to find accommodation for them as well. 



Ask your family members if they have ever suffered from pet allergies or asthma. If anything does crop up, make sure you spend as much time as you can with many different cats at different times of the day. This will establish if you have allergies. If allergies do occur after taking on a cat, there are a lot of great products on the market. Cat saliva forms a dust when it dries on their coat this is what causes the allergies. The products available are designed to remove this dust.



If you suddenly became ill and had to go into hospital for a while, do you have anyone that would take care of your cat? Write down instructions and put it near the cat food so they know what to do in case of an emergency. 


Lastly, think of the financial side!

What would happen if you became ill and have no support? Or you lose your home? Would you be able to cover the cost of putting your cat into a cattery until you find a new home? What if you lose your job?

Think about setting up an emergency fund to cover any costs so your cat doesn’t suffer. It is also advisable to take out pet insurance which will help cover any veterinary costs.

Importance of neutering your cat
08 July 2014

From around the age of 5 to 8 months, kittens reach sexual maturity and are therefore capable of breeding and producing kittens themselves.

Neutering a cat – castration in the male (removal of the testes), and spaying the female (removal of the ovaries and uterus) – not only prevents unwanted pregnancies occurring, but also curbs unwanted behavioural patterns associated with sexual maturity and reduces the risk of certain diseases.

Reasons for neutering female cats

  • Population control. It is important to neuter a female cat before she can have kittens herself. This happens very quickly depending on breed, time of year born and individual development. The first season usually occurs around six months but can be earlier. Queens can have up to three litters in a year.
  • Control of nuisance. Female cats will ‘call’ (come into season and be receptive to the male cat) regularly, about every three weeks during sexually active times of the year if they do not get pregnant. Having entire female cats in an area will attract entire males with the attendant problems of spraying, fighting and caterwauling.
  • Welfare issues. Unwanted kittens may not be cared for and are likely to suffer from various infectious diseases such as cat 'flu or worse. There are unlikely to be enough new homes available for them.
  • Health issues. Female cats which are not neutered are more likely to suffer from pyometra (infection of the womb) later in life and with mammary tumours. Queens with infectious diseases may pass these on to their kittens. Pregnancy and birth are also not without risk.
  • Wildlife issues. Cats with kittens will hunt more actively and if they are not being fed will need to catch more wildlife to feed their kittens. 

Reasons for neutering male cats

  • Control of nuisance. Unneutered male cats are likely to stray over a large area, will mark their territory with a very pungent spray and are much more likely to fight - with attendant noise nuisance.
  • Health issues. Fighting males are much more likely to spread diseases such as FIV and FeLV to other cats. They are also likely to suffer from fight injuries such as abscesses. Because they wander over a large area they are also at greater risk of suffering road traffic accidents.
  • Pet issues. Unneutered male cats will wander from home and may not return. They may also spray inside the home and may be aggressive to their owners. Therefore it is desirable to neuter kittens early enough to ensure that the above problems are prevented. Most people do not want to live with an unneutered male cat.
  • Population control. Obviously male cats do not have kittens themselves and it only takes one male in an area to make lots of female cats pregnant, so neutering a female cat makes a great deal more difference to limiting numbers, but it all helps!