Cats Protection are appealing for knitters to help unwanted cats and kittens stay cosy this autumn and winter by making blankets and fun mouse toys as part of their knitting bee.
The UK’s largest cat charity helps around 190,000 cats every year through a network of over 250 volunteer-led branches and 34 centres. The charity will be launching their knitting appeal at the Knitting & Stitching Show at London’s Alexandra Palace from October 11-14.
Donations of knitted blankets or mice can be brought along to the charity’s stand at the show, or dropped into any of its branches, shops or adoption centres across the UK.
Cats Protection’s Events Manager Emma Osborne explained: “Our staff and volunteers work tirelessly to keep cats in our care amused and happy, but we’re always in need of toys and blankets to make their time with us as comfortable as possible.
“Many of the cats that come into our care are strays and have never known the comfort of their own snuggly blanket, so all donations are much appreciated. Not only is knitting blankets or mouse toys a great way to combine a love of crafts and cats, it’s also a handy way to use up scraps of wool.
“Last year, we were thrilled by the number of knitters who took part in our appeal and gave up a few evenings of their time to come up with something special for unwanted cats. We hope this year will be just as successful, and we can’t wait to see what wonderful creations knitters will come up with.”
Knitters can use their own designs to make blankets and mice or follow a pattern for the popular Captain Cat-Battler knitted mouse originally designed by Lauren O’Farrell (www.whodunnknit.com) – which will also be available to pick up at the show, or by calling the charity’s Helpline on 03000 12 12 12.
Cats Protection advises that when knitting a toy or blanket, it’s best to avoid the use of stretchy yarns or small plastic items – used for mouse eyes – to reduce the risk of injury to cats and kittens. Loose weave blanket patterns involving the use of large needles are best avoided too.
For more information about Cats Protection visit www.cats.org.uk