Help Raise Money for Cats Protection

Hi, everyone.  I hope you are having a wonderful Caturday!

I know all of you love us felines.  But as the stories of Duke and Dottie show you, there are many humans who do not and who do cruel things to us.  Fortunately there are kind humans like you who run organizations that help us.

I have shared Tenth Life and the San Diego Humane Society with you in the pCats Protectionast.  Now I want to tell you about Cats Protection, which is based in England.  And then I want to tell you about two humans who are looking for help to raise money for it.

Cats Protection was founded in 1927 and has grown into an organization that helps around 235,000 cats every year throughout the United Kingdom.  They have 260 volunteer run branches, 29 adoption centers (sorry to my furiends in the UK, I can’t spell it the British way), and a homing center.  It is one of those local branches that two kind humans want to help.

Jason and Victoria Millward have been married for seven years and will celebrate their eighth anniversary in August.  They live in the town of Harrogate, which is a small town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.  They do not have any human little ones, but they have one cat named Poppy who came into their life about two and a half years ago.

They would love to have another furry member of their family, but their landlord will not let them have more than one cat.  Hopefully this year they will buy a place of their own, and they will add more four legged family members.

These nice humans decided that they would do more for charity this year in order to give back.  Jason is running a ten mile assault course for the David Shepherd Wildlife Fund in April.  And they decided to do a walk together to help Cats Protection.

They chose the local branch of Cats Protection because the local branch, which is run entirely by volunteers, does a tremendous job of caring for stray and unwanted cats and kittens in the community.  One of the reasons why they chose Cats Protection is that they never put down an animal unless it is suffering.  Jason and Victoria would like to volunteer, but due to work commitments they can’t.  So this is the next best thing they can do and they hope to raise at least £1000 for Cats Protection Harrogate.

Jason and Victoria have the same birthday, on the 9th of July.  That’s how they chose the name of their team, team Nineseven.  They are hopeful that the money they raise can help the cats who need it.  And they do, because there is bad weather this time of year in the UK.  They are using My Donate so that the money will go right to Cats Protection.

The walk they are doing takes place on Sunday, May 19.  They’ll do a 15 mile walk, starting from the village of Pately Bridge, through the valley floor past Gouthwaite Reservoir to Lofthouse.  Then they will turn around and head back to Pateley Bridge.  Last year, this event, which is organized by the Harrogate Rotary Club, raised over £750,000 ($1.1million) for over 100 charities.Donate to Cats Protection

Please help Jason and Victoria help Cats Protection.  Donate by clicking on the picture of the cute kitten, who probably looks a lot like some of the kittens that Cats Protection will help.  And if you can’t donate, please share this so that someone else can!

Meet Lincoln the Formerly Quadraplegic Cat

I shared a story about a heartwarming rescue at Tenth Life, which is a group of humans in St. Louis that help special needs cats, including diabetic cats like me.  If that made your big human heart melt, I have another one that makes my feline heart beat a little quicker and makes me give happy meows.

It’s the story of Lincoln (his human calls him Linky).  Lincoln’s story starts on August 25, 201, as a woman in St. Louis found him lying on the sidewalk.  She called Tenth Life and told them she had found a kitten with a broken paw or two.  Tenth Life brought Lincoln into their care that day.

Lincoln is not a Diabetic Cat but he's a very Special One!Tenth Life came to get Lincoln, and they realized that Lincoln had a much worse condition.  He was completely quadriplegic.

His front paws were curled up and stiff and his back legs were stiff and were stuck in an awkward position. The only thing that he could do was lay on his side curled up in a little ball.  The poor guy could barely move his head!

Lincoln’s human fell in love with him and was determined to help him walk again.

They took Lincoln to the veterinarian, and x-rays  showed no broken bones.  When they did a pinch test on his toes, he showed some reaction.  That showed that he had some feeling in his limbs even though he couldn’t move them.  The diagnosis was some kind of spinal or neurological issue, which the veterinarian could not promise would improve with therapy.

But Lincoln’s human did a finger test, and saw that Lincoln was tracking her finger moving back and forth.  He was so determined to touch her finger even though he couldn’t, and she decided right then and there to help him walk.

She started physical therapy that night.  My human has been through it himself, and he calls it pain and torture.  He tells me that it’s a lot worse than the ear sticks and shots I endure.  And he only had to endure it a couple of times a week for an hour or so.  Lincoln did it five times a day!

All of the work of Lincoln and his human paid off just a few days later, when he took his first few steps.

Lincoln has gone from a paralyzed ball of fluff that could only move his head to a active, playful, and fully mobile cat!  His human promised him that he would walk again when she first got him and she was right!

Linky is another special needs cat, whether it’s a diabetic cat like me or one with a much more serious problem, showing that for the right human, we can be loving and fun friends.

Don’t let the label of diabetic cat, or special needs cat, scare you away from us.

Meet Dexter the Therapy Cat

Normally, I share stories about special needs cats.  While I try to highlight diabetic cats like me, I will share the story of any special needs cat so that you humans can learn how even though we present challenges, we are still loving and fun furiends for the right humans.

Everyone knows that there are many health benefits for your humans that come with having a furry friend like me around.  Here are six of them:

  • Lowered risk of allergies and asthma
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Lowered risk of heart attack
  • Lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Pets help stimulate ill people to take better care of themselves
  • Having a dog can help humans lose 15 pounds a year.  This is why if my human gets a dog, Jacey and I are not helping him.  He will have to walk the dog by himself!

Dexter is not a diabetic cat, he is a therapy catBut did you know that there are some very special furry friends who can do even more?  They are called therapy animals.  With so many of us felines out there, there are naturally therapy cats.  Therapy cats are used to help stroke victims, reduce blood pressure, lower patient anxiety, increase sensory stimulation, and help children with speech, language, and hearing problems.

Some studies suggest that therapy cats are even better than prescription drugs at reducing blood pressure.  But don’t get a feline friend instead of taking your blood pressure medicine, because I don’t want any of my human friends to get sick.

In order to earn a therapy cat certification, there are a lot of things that need to be done.  I would never pass the tests.  One of the requirements is that we must tolerate being passed to three different humans, and then we have to sit in a strange human’s lap for at least 30 seconds.  I do not like being held, even by my human, and I don’t sit in his lap.  And of course we cannot bite.  Well, I play bite my human, and there’s no way I’d let a stranger hold me and force me to sit in his lap without doing something to defend myself.

Dexter is not a diabetic cat, he is a therapy catThat’s why I’m so excited to introduce you to Dexter the Therapy Cat.  Dexter is a certified therapy cat and his human Wendy is his partner.  He is one out of about 200 certified therapy cats in the United States.

You can see him here in a harness helping a human in hospice care.  Imagine having a friendly cat like Dexter come over to ease your mind as you spend your last few days in a hospice.  Of course, Dexter goes to other places to help humans feel better.

I hope you will visit Dexter’s Facebook page and like him.  While Dexter is not a diabetic cat, I am happy to tell my human friends about him so they can learn more about therapy cats.