Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Our Taunton Homing & Info Centre is a year old!

Our New Taunton Homing & Information Centre has been open for just over 12 months now, so far we have rehomed 100 cats which is fantastic! We are hoping the next 12 months will be just as successful! Many of our cats and kittens come up from Exeter Axhayes or from the local Taunton & Wellington Branch.  Our latest addition to Taunton HIC is our longest stayer Millie, she is hoping to have better luck up there and her new pen will be a nice change of scenery. We have our fingers crossed she will find her forever home very soon….


Millie settling in to her new pen
 
If you haven’t heard about our Taunton Homing & Information centre, here’s some information about our newest adoption centre. It is a small satellite centre which is managed by our Exeter Axhayes Adoption Centre. Our Taunton Rehoming and Information Centre is based at the Blackdown Garden Centre, Wellington, Somerset. We are open from 10am until 4pm every day. Our shiny new centre has five purpose built pens – where you can walk in and meet and greet the cats! If you are in the area, why not say hello to our friendly staff!
 
Tillie (rehomed Spring 2017) in one of our Taunton Pens
 
If you live in the Taunton/Wellington area and are thinking of adopting a cat or kitten - our friendly staff at the centre are ready to assist you every step of the way! Each of our cats available for adoption is neutered, fully vaccinated, microchipped and treated for fleas and worms. Our cats also come with one month's FREE Petplan insurance. We do ask for an adoption fee of £60 per cat or kitten - this fee helps cover some of the costs - as on average it costs £200 to care for a cat in our centre. Any donations are gratefully received.

Outside of our Taunton Homing & Info Centre

You can find our Taunton Homing & Information Centre at Blackdown Garden Centre, West Buckland, Wellington, Nr Taunton, Somerset, TA21 9HY. Telephone - 01823 667945.Our Taunton cats will feature on our new website http://www.cats.org.uk/taunton-centre 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Success Story - Gorgeous Greg

You may have seen Greg featured on here, Facebook and Instagram. Back in May we launched our Gorgeous Greg appeal hoping to raise £2,500 for this life living operation to repair his liver shunt. Greg travelled up to Bristol to have his liver shunt operation, which was a huge success and he can now enjoy a healthy happy life. As you can see from his photos he's looking much healthier. His eyes are bright and his fur is all shiny and soft.  

Greg ready for adoption 

We thought we'd give you a quick blog update on the Gorgeous Greg! He was signed off by our vet as "fit to home" at the end of August. He didn't hang around our rehoming block for long. His owners were keen to meet him after seeing him on our Facebook page and watched his cute cuddly video on our Youtube channel. After a chat with CCA Jackie (who has been fostering him) and our vet, they were happy to adopt him. He finally left the building on 31st August to start the next chapter of his life...

Greg leaving Exeter Axhayes

Three weeks later we have received some lovely photos of Greg in his new home. He has settled in very well and they are really happy with him. His owner's have said "He is very much loved and apart of our little family" Here's just a few of the wonderful pictures of Greg....






Again we would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who had donated towards the Gorgeous Greg Appeal. In total we raised £4,230.30 any surplus donations will go towards any future cats which need operations whilst in our care. We like to say thank you to Greg's owners for allowing us to share their photos of Greg in his new home. If you would like to share photos of our ex-Axhayes cats who have adopted from us, free feel to post them to our Facebook page, Tag us on Instagram or email us at exeteraxhayes@cats.org.uk . We always love hearing your stories about your cats and kittens you have adopted from us.    

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

How you can live with cat allergies


During hayfever/allergy season we thought we'd share this article from "The Cat" Magazine (Summer 2016). We have many cats which come into our care due to their owners suffering with cat allergies.

Cats might be Britain’s favourite pets, they’re also thought to be one of the most common causes of allergies. Sadly, many owners decide to give up their cats when symptoms of allergy strike, and while it may seem like the only option, there are many alternatives to ensure you keep your cat companion without impacting your health.



How do cats cause allergies?

Most people believe that airborne cat fur/hair is the cause of allergy symptoms, but this is not always the case. The symptoms you’re experiencing are more likely to be caused by a protein called Fel d 1 originating from sebum found in a cat’s sebaceous glands. Ironically, a cat’s attempts at keeping themselves clean may be the very reason allergies are exacerbated – this protein attaches itself to dried skin called dander and is carried through the air when cats groom themselves.

Dander can spread throughout your home and even be carried on your clothing, so it can often feel difficult to escape your symptoms. In some cases, repeated exposure to an individual cat can ease symptoms over time, although there is not yet enough research to support this.
How do I know if I have an allergy?

Red eyes, runny nose and itching are all signs you might be allergic to something. While these symptoms can be irritating, it is just your immune system’s unfortunate way of fighting off substances that might harm your body.

Before you blame your family pet, you need to determine whether it is indeed your cat that is causing your allergic reaction. There are many allergens encountered in the home, with the most common found in dust mites, pollen and mould spores – your itchy eyes and runny nose could just as likely be down to your old mattress rather than your feline friend.

Your local GP is the first place to visit. Simple tests will be able to confirm whether or not your cat is the cause and you’ll be able to discuss options such as antihistamine tablets or nasal sprays to ease your symptoms in the interim.



What next?

Taking antihistamines might be a good short term solution but adapting your lifestyle is the only way you’ll be able to cope with your allergy symptoms in the long term. Reducing the amount of allergens in your home is key and there are a number of simple things you can do.

Close encounters

Avoid letting your cat lick your hands or face. Cats harbour many bacterial organisms in their mouth and allergens are particularly present in saliva
Keep your cat’s fur clean. While previous advice suggested that bathing a cat would reduce the spread of dander, this is no longer recommended for owners or the cat, and we would certainly not recommend anyone washes their cat unless absolutely necessary! Using cleansing wipes to gently remove allergens from the fur is a much less stressful way to keep your kitty clean
Although it might seem obvious, washing your hands after petting your cat is highly important. We touch our face many times throughout the day and forgetting to clean your hands thoroughly can worsen your symptoms

In the zone

Designate areas in the house as pet-free zones to limit the amount of dander in the household. While you might enjoy having your cat sleep on your bed, allergies often become worse at night and keeping your moggy away from your bedroom is a good way to relieve your symptoms
Grooming your cat regularly can result in fewer allergens being released into the atmosphere. Make sure you brush them outside in the garden and preferably in old clothes to ensure no allergens filter through to your home
Insulated homes don’t just trap heat, they trap allergens too. Opening windows for an hour each day can increase ventilation




House rules

If your house is carpeted, it is important you vacuum often. Cat hair and dander can easily get caught in the carpet and intensify your symptoms, so a thorough clean at least once a week is recommended. Sprinkle baking soda, a substance harmless to cats, on your floor before you vacuum to eliminate any pet odours
Although hardwood or linoleum floors don’t attract hair in the same way, it is important you vacuum these areas too as sweeping will push allergens back into the air
Wash your cat’s bedding, accessories and litter trays regularly. Fel d 1 can also be released through your pet’s saliva or urine, so keeping these items fresh is important


Shop smart

There are a number of great products designed for those suffering from allergies and adapting your lifestyle will ensure that you and your cat continue to live side by side.

Invest in a washable allergen pillow and cover. Made from polyester and cotton, the fabric prevents a collection of allergy triggers and can be washed easily and regularly without damage
While fresh air is important to keep allergies at bay, unpredictable weather means it isn’t always possible to keep windows open. An air purifier will limit the amount of allergens in your home
Using a vacuum with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter limits the amount of dander into the atmosphere. Alternatively, you can choose to wear a dust mask when using your vacuum
Allergy control solutions, such as sprays, can be used on furniture and upholstery to alter cat allergens and make them less reactive. Use these according to manufacturer’s instructions and check they are safe for use around pets.

While it might take some time and a little trial and error to find out what is best for you and your cat, there are plenty of solutions that don’t have to result in you giving up your family pet. Hopefully these tips will make a world of difference. (Source: Cats Protection - The Cat Magazine)

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Greg Update


Greg is our lovable stray who came from the Midlands back in January. He was in such a terrible condition when he first came in, and he was aged as a senior cat with flu medications prescribed. Over time it became apparent that he was suffering from more than just a simple cold. Off his food and looking very sad he was taken into a foster home to bring him back to the energetic, lovable cat we knew he could be.

Four months on and several tests later we were still no closer to a diagnosis for Greg so the decision was made to make the journey to a specialist vet in Bristol for an ultrasound scan. Finally we have a diagnosis - Greg has a portosystemic shunt meaning the liver is not working to its full capacity and can have detrimental effects on his body and brain. This is a life threatening condition that without intervention would cause poor Greg to have short unhappy life.
Greg recovering at our local vets

In May we launched our Gorgeous Greg appeal hoping to raise £2,500 for this life living operation to repair his liver shunt. Greg travelled up to Bristol to have his liver shunt operation. Greg spent a week in their ICU whilst recovering from his operation. He did suffer some side effects now his liver was functioning properly and had to continue some of his medication. He returned to our local veterinary hospital for another week during his recovery process.
 
Back at Axhayes





Last week Greg returned to our adoption centre, still a bit wobbly on his legs but feeling more like himself, he is getting stronger day by day. He is back to his usual cuddly self. Over night he stays in his foster home with CCA Jackie. Our Gorgeous Greg appeal in the end raised £3,545, which is fantastic and we can't thank everyone enough for your generosity. We are slowly reducing his medication and we are able to use any addition money to pay for his medication and any future scans. Greg will continue his recovery at the centre and his foster home until he is fit and well enough to be adopted. We will continue to keep you up to date with Greg's progress. Again, a HUGE thank you to everyone who donated towards Greg's life-saving operation. 

For more details about our adoption centre please visit our website - www.axhayes.cats.org.uk.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Reunited after 5 years!!! How Ringo's microchip helped him find his way home.


During June we are promoting National Microchipping Month. National Microchipping Month is a campaign that encourages and promotes reponsible pet ownership through microchipping as the preferred method of permanent identification. 

Microchipping is the most effective way to identify a lost pet, and by keeping your details up to date, you'll increase the likelihood of a happy reunion if your cat goes wandering. You can get your cat microchipped by a vet, local authority or by a trained and insured member of an animal welfare organisation.

There is no minimum age to microchip your cat, and the procedure is simple and doesn't cause harm to your pet. Once the chip is inserted, your cat won't even be aware of its presence.
Ringo in our care



Only six days into June (aka National Microchipping Month) we meet a lovely cat called Ringo. He was found on a farm hungry and desperately looking for his next meal. After hanging around for a week, the owners of the farm contacted us for help. Our deputy manager Phil collected him and brought him into our care. During his routine health check, we found that Ringo had a microchip and had in fact been missing since August 2012! His owner had moved house during this time, thankfully she had updated her new address and telephone number so we were able to contact her. His owner was delighted we have found her cat Ringo after all of this time. She was happy for us to share his story to help promote the importance of microchipping your cat but also to update your address and telephone if you move house. We are delighted he has found his way home after all this time.

Reunited at last

To find out more details about microchipping your cat, please follow the link below http://www.cats.org.uk/cat-care/key-cat-care/microchipping

If you cat is already microchipped, when moving house please remember to change your address details on the central database when you move. In the UK, you can update your cat’s registered details by contacting your existing UK database company, or Petlog – on 0844 4633 999 or via www.petlog.org.uk – or Anibase – on 01904 487 600 or via www.anibase.com. If moving abroad, simply putting your cat through PETS or quarantine does not automatically update your records, so it is important that you remember to do this. For your own records also keep your cat’s unique microchip number safe. There may be a small fee when updating your details, but worth it to get your feline friend home.
 

Monday, 29 May 2017

Greg's Appeal


Gorgeous Greg came into our care as a stray with no history and no definite age. Greg was in such a terrible condition when he first came in, he was aged as a senior cat with flu medications prescribed. Over time it became apparent that he was suffering from more than just a simple cold. Off his food and looking very sad he was taken into a foster home to bring him back to the energetic, lovable cat we knew he could be.

Greg a week after arriving
Four months on and several tests later we were still no closer to a diagnosis for Greg so the decision was made to make the journey to a specialist vet in Bristol for an ultrasound scan. Finally we have a diagnosis - Greg has a portosystemic shunt meaning the liver is not working to its full capacity and can have detrimental effects on his body and brain. This is a life threatening condition that without intervention would cause poor Greg to have short unhappy life.
 
The good news is, this can be repaired by performing an ameroid constricter surgery to redirect the blood to get the liver working efficiently. Of course it is not without risks and expense (£2,500) but we are hopeful that being in excellent body condition Gorgeous Greg will bounce right back.

Greg at his foster home
 
Greg at the vets awaiting diagnosis
 
We need your help to pay for Greg's surgery so please donate to help us reach our target. If we are fortunate to raise over & above our £2,500 target, all surplus donations will go towards treating other cats and kittens in our care at Exeter Axhayes A/C. If you like to help Greg you can donate via JustGiving, Text Donation or donating to his appeal on our reception desk at the centre.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity. If you would like to donate to Greg’s Appeal – please follow the link below to our JustGiving page. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/GorgeousGreg
You can also donate by texting GGLS50 followed by amount £x to 70070.


Check out Greg's video below... he's a very cuddly boy!!! We will keep you posted on his journey whilst in our care. From Greg and everyone at Exeter Axhayes Adoption Centre THANK YOU!


For more information about our adoption centre, check out our website at http://www.axhayes.cats.org.uk/.
 

Monday, 8 May 2017

Moggies Marvellous for Mental Health

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, we thought we'd share this article written a few years back by Cats Protection to promote the benefits cats can have on our Mental Health....

Our cats have a special knack for bringing a smile to our faces, whether it's through furry kisses and cuddles or entertaining antics. It's no surprise that a survey conducted by Cats Protection and the Mental Health Foundation found that 87% of people who owned a cat felt it had a positive impact on their wellbeing, while 76% said they could cope with everyday life much better thanks to the company of their feline friends. Half of the cat owners felt that their cat’s presence and companionship was most helpful, followed by a third of respondents describing stroking a cat as a calming and helpful activity.



The study was carried out in July and August 2011 and involved over 600 cat and non-cat-owning respondents, with half of them describing themselves as currently having a mental health problem. Cats Protection is keen to highlight how looking after a pet can bring structure to people’s day, reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness and even lower blood pressure.


In addition to this, a cat’s purr is widely recognised as having therapeutic benefits for humans. “Sitting with a relaxed purring cat at the end of a hectic day is a soothing massage for the soul,” said Cat Jarvis from Cats Protection. “Perhaps this is because the reassuring hum is generally associated with calmness and gentle communication, or perhaps it is because the frequency of the vibration is in the range that can stimulate healing.”
“The research findings tell us what cat lovers have known for years – cats are not just great company but they can also be very good for you.”

Cats Protection has thousands of cats ready for adoption across the UK and works hard to match the right cat to the right home. For more information about our cats and kittens ready for adoption here at Exeter Axhayes Adoption Centre, please visit our website... http://www.axhayes.cats.org.uk/axhayes/adopt-a-cat


If you are currently unable to adopt a cat, why not became a volunteer cat socialiser, to get your weekly cuddles with our adorable cats and kittens. http://www.axhayes.cats.org.uk/axhayes/volunteering

(Source: Cats Protection)

(The study is based on a sample size of 621. Data was collected between July and August 2011 via Mental Health Foundation’s website/social networking sites. The majority of respondents were women (83 per cent) aged between 26 and 55 (78 per cent).)