The cats are in the new cattery at last!

It still isn’t finished as there will be more pens to add and then outdoor runs to add to each pen eventually, but as always, money is tight and the feeding and care of the 300+ animals has to come first.

The cats are sharing their accommodation as there are so many and the old cattery is now out of use, but they seemed to be getting along very well with their room mates and some had actually arrived together.

Like Twirl and Twix, two 11 month old sisters both relinquished pregnant. Poor little black and white Twirl had lost a rear leg too. As we admired them Twirl started to give birth, no fuss, out popped a tiny black kitten. then a bit later another black kitten. Her sister a silver tabby watched with interest, her turn soon. Twirl has a home to go to once her babies are weaned but now Leanne and Kevin have the headache of finding homes for these kittens being born, on top of all the cats and kittens already there waiting for someone to love them.

Sadly Gerty the remaining one of the 15 cats abandoned next door to us a year gone May is still there, she lost her chance of a home by having a panic attack with fright when someone chose her. At Kays Hill other unrehomable cats live free and sleep in the feral shed, but Gerty is tiny and has never been outside in the 9 years of her life. She looked content and the cats are really well cared for there but it saddens us that she has no special person to love and understand her and maybe never will.

The torrential rain causing floods here have affected Kays Hill and it’s too wet and muddy for visitors at present, so they can’t hold their once popular Open Days which help raise funds. We can only admire Kevin and Leanne and their few volunteers for all their hard work, raising funds gets more difficult as everyone is struggling for money, but they stay cheerful and turn no animal in need away and no healthy animal is killed simply because they are homeless.

How different to the USA where many animals are killed because of that, there have been a few cases lately of Rescuers in the USA being overwhelmed and people have criticised them for taking in more cats than they can cope with. How I wish instead of criticising, those people helped instead, either physically or financially, but most of all how I wish when someone takes a pet home they would realise it should be for life! The fault of overcrowded and struggling Shelters in any country, rests firmly on those irresponsible people who dump their pets in them for any flimsy excuse at all and then walk away.

Ruth AKA Kattaddorra

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  1. Sadly Kays Hill have lost another supporter, Stella, who always took cat food into Barbara’s funeral office for them. She was a lovely lady, I’m going to her funeral today.
    They lost another lovely lady supporter, Barbara Mc, not so long ago too.
    R.I.P both ladies and thank you for all you have given for cats over the years.

  2. It makes you wonder how people can be so cruel as to abandon little kittens, babies who can’t fend for themselves.
    Also it makes it much more difficult to rehome adult cats when people see sweet little kittens are needing homes too. I really don’t know how you keep on rehoming all the cats you do, I am full of admiration for all you do at Kays Hill

  3. two new kittens have been abandoned, they are now called smartie and button. little fluffy things and quite nervous, they are now living safely with our other 4 young kittens ash, pan, bounty and kit, these have all been abandoned by callous ‘owners’ too. they have now been wormed and deflead and are settling down a bit. at first they were hissing and spitting at the other kittens but now they’ve started to play together, the others have just looked a bit bewildered at these little hairy spitty things and are now happy that everyone is friendly. its lovely to watch them all play together but so sad that they ended up here under such awfully cruel circumstances. the good thing is that they are all healthy and now they are safe. none of these kittens are over 6 weeks old we don’t think. what a start!!

  4. forgot to mention, in my earlier rant, about little gerty. as babz said she blew her chance of a home with her panic attack and there is every possibility that she may never find a home of her own, although i like to think that there is someone out there who is looking for a little gerty cat to love. since the cats have moved into the new cattery a few new friendships have come about. because of a lack of space we had to introduce some cats to others just to get everyone settled and it has all worked out fine. gerty is now rooming with violet and marcus. what a change in her, she seems less nervous and is now actually sleeping in the big bed with marcus and sometimes violet climbs in there too and they all snuggle up together. we still can’t pick her up, that will probab;y never change, but she does seem a bit more confident and she dos’nt hide away as much as she used to, this dos’nt of course mean that she dos’nt have all her old problems, but she just seems a little bit more relaxed these days. unfortunately the day that babz and ruth came to visit was one of the days that gerty decided to hide so they did’nt see much of her, just her eyes peeking out of her igloo bed. some days are just better than others for her, we’ll never give up on her and we won’t ever have her pts just because she’s been with us a long time and eventually some angel will come along and want to give her the chance she needs.

  5. thank you barbara. as you know it has been difficult getting this far with the cattery, we’re still not actually finished with it, however it is usable. the problem, and i’m more than sure that it is a world wide problem, is that animals are so disposable and some people, not all, find it so easy to just ‘get rid’ when the animal, cat, dog, rabbit, whatever, becomes a ‘problem’, old age, illness, which ever excuse they spout these people seem to have no concience at all about leaving an animal and just walking away. as i said its not all and some people have as genuine a reason as you can believe, circumstances do change and we genuinely feel sorry for people at times but the ones who get nasty and demand that you take their unwanted animal because ‘thats your job’, these people make your blood boil and its usually these poor animals that end up costing us a small fortune (sometimes not so small!!) in vet bills. its just cost a tidy sum to have various tumours removed from a little yorkshire terrier, apart from the tumours she was in good health so after major surgery little rosie got a clean bill of health and is now in her new and very loving home with her doggie friend jess enjoying a new lease of life. i know it’ll never end, there will always be animals out there that need someone to help them and we will always help as many as we possibly can. at present our new cattery is full to bursting, there are more rooms to be built but we can’t get them built for a while yet, at the moment we have 10 rooms built and usable and every one of them is full!! only one room has just one cat in it and that is because tom is so antisocial he won’t get on with any of the cats, but the other rooms have up to four cats (well, kittens) in them and just today we have had to turn down another four cats, although we gave out other numbers to try we know that everywhere is full, it NEVER ends. sorry, i’m finished my rant now, i just get so frustrated with it all. as kevin has just reminded me, we can’t save every animal in the world.

  6. It was lovely to see Twirl’s babies being born but Michele is right,and it’s exactly what Leanne said at the time, it’s sad that there are now 2 more homeless kittens when Twirl could so easily have been spayed at the same time as she was operated on to amputate her injured leg. As beautiful as the kittens are, and in a perfect world they would have as much right to be born as any other species, the kittens are black and black cats as we all know often get passed over for more colourful cats. Thankfully their cuteness will probably win them homes with Kays Hill visitors and of course Kays Hill are really good at finding homes but they really do get put upon with people deciding they can’t keep their animals and demanding KH take them in. Poor Gertie is likely to stay there for the rest of her life, after more than a year she is sure to be institutionalised and will have forgotten what few home comforts she had, it’s a good thing the poor little souldoesn’t know that she blew her one chance of a home by her panic attack. Anyway, KH seems to take all the blows and carry on, floods, blizzards, electrical failures you name it they’ve had it but everytime we go up there we get a cheerful welcome.Rarara for KH!!!!!

  7. Thanks so much for the update Ruth. Kayshill sounds a wonderful place and those cats are lucky to have been taken in by people whose devotion and commitment to animals is second to none.

    I understand that people’s financial circumstances or living arrangements can change dramatically through no fault of their own, meaning they have to surrender their pets. But all those extra kittens born because people don’t get their cats neutered is tragic. It’s such a simple procedure and actually benefits the cat themelves. I just don’t understand why not everyone thinks neutering is a basic responsibility of having a pet.

    Leanne and Kevin, I salute you. There really are angels walking amongst us every day.

  8. yes we finally got there in the end!! at present we have 20+ cats and 8 kittens. the kittens ages range from 24hrs to about 5mths old. twirl, mother of the new babies, and twix,twirls sister, soon to be a mother herself, are themselves only 11 months old. poor twirl had, as ruth has already said, had her hind leg amputated through being caught in a snare and chewing off her own leg, towards the end of her pregnancy she was so heavy on that one back leg that she could hardly walk and spent most of her time in bed. she is much more active now and seems happy to leave her babies, but only for a few seconds to grab something to eat and get a fuss off us. two new kittens were brought to us just today, approx 5-6 weeks old. they are in with the two 6 week old kittens that were found dumped on a quiet country lane on saturday. they are all getting on well and are enjoying mad games chasing each other and climbing on top of the scratching post. a couple of weeks or so and they will all be up for adoption. the 2 newborns have been named alpha and beta, i said last night that i hoped twirl would only have the 2 because i don’t know the greek for 4 and 5!!
    with all this rain we have been up against it. the barn and the old cattery building have been flooded 3 times and the place is just one big bog! we really do need to see some warm, dry weather don’t we.

  9. Hi Ruth. I have to say I am very impressed. I really am. That was a monumental task and now completed.

    I think it is amazing that Leanne and Kevin manage to do what they do. Of course they get help from you and Babz and other volunteers but this an awesome achievement.

    The wet weather is a killer at the moment for all outdoor events. Shame. They put it down to the melting arctic ice due to global warming forcing the jet stream south and letting in weather fronts over the UK.


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