Do you love cats AND knitting? Then get knitting this winter to give cats and kittens and extra treat this Christmas! Cats Protection, the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, is appealing to knitting enthusiasts and cat lovers to create handmade gifts for the thousands of unwanted cats which will be in its care over the upcoming festive season. The charity, which helps around 190,000 cats each year, will be launching its Christmas appeal at this year’s Knitting and Stitching Show at the Harrogate International Centre from 23-26 November.
Get involved with the Knitting Bee
Emma Osborne, Cats Protection’s Events Manager, reveals that cat lovers often ask for ideas about how they can help support the charity’s work. “Our knitting bee is a great way to get involved”, she says. “All the knitted mice and blankets we receive are given to cats and kittens in our care, and make their time with us that extra bit more comfortable”. Donations of cosy, knitted blankets or fun mouse toys can be brought along to the charity’s stand at the Knitting and Stitching Show, or dropped into any of its branches, shops or adoption centres across the UK. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out the popular Captain Cat-Battler knitted mouse – originally designed by Lauren O’Farrell (www.whodunnknit.com) – which will be available to pick up at the show, or by calling the charity’s Helpline on 03000 12 12 12.
Visitors to Cats Protection’s stand at the show will be able to stock up on festive gifts for cat-loving family and friends, with a range of feline-related merchandise available to buy and staff will also be able to help visitors find out about cats available for adoption in their area, or how to become a volunteer for the charity.
Cats Protection advises that when knitting a toy or blanket, it’s best to avoid the use of stretchy yarns, small plastic items to reduce the risk of injury to cats and kittens. Cat owners should also regularly inspect cat toys for signs of wear or damage, ensure cats aren’t left unattended with knitted toys and avoid using knitted toys or blankets if a cat has a habit of wool-chewing.
Written by Sonam Nundoochan and Edited by Alison Jane Reid