It is important to make sure that the cats have clean pens and sufficient food but, just as important, is to ensure that they have enough good quality time with human contact so that they are properly socialised and like being around people. In a cattery environment it is sometimes easy to overlook the cat that hides or sits quietly in the corner and doesn’t rush up to be petted and made a fuss of. Over time that cat can become more and more socially distanced until you suddenly find that you can’t touch the cat at all. Not only does this make it difficult to manage that cat and treat it when it needs care, but it also makes it almost impossible to find it an adoptive home.
That is why we have a separate team of volunteers who come in and spent time grooming, stroking, cuddling and evaluating the cats.
Most cuddlers come to the shelter in the mornings with the cleaning and feeding teams, and sometimes also help out with the feeding.
If this is something that you would like to do, we would love to hear from you.