Cats Protection hosts online cat cuddling for stay-at-home animal lovers

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Cats Protection will be helping animal lovers get their feline-fix during the coronavirus lockdown with online tours from its Sussex centre.

Staff at the National Cat Adoption Centre, in Lewes Road, Chelwood Gate – which is currently closed to the public – will be hosting online video link-ups via Facebook Live.

The films will allow cat lovers to enjoy the antics of cats being cared for at the centre, from playful kittens to serene older moggies.

Danielle Draper, Manager of Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre, said: “While we are closed to the public and not currently able to rehome cats, we still have 90 cats at the centre. We have a great team of staff who are incredibly dedicated and make sure the cats get all the care, love and attention they need.

“While it’s a difficult time, there’s no doubt that our job is made easier by the soothing presence of the cats. So we thought we’d try and help spread some cheer to fellow cat-lovers by using technology to bring cats into their own homes with our Facebook Live videos.

“We’ll be filming our cats as they potter about their day-to-day lives, so viewers can get a real sense of what they’re up to. Of course, cats are renowned for their independence, and it’s impossible to say what they may get up to once the cameras roll! No doubt there will be plenty of entertainment from our kittens, while some of the older cats may be difficult to wake if they’re enjoying a good snooze.

“Whatever happens, we really hope our videos will help bring a little sunshine into people’s lives while we’re all spending much more time indoors.”

The centre will be using Facebook Live to share footage from the centre. After being shown live, videos will remain on the centre’s Facebook page and can be enjoyed at any time. To view, please visit www.facebook.com and search for Cats Protection – National Cat Adoption Centre or click on https://www.facebook.com/catsprotection.ncac/

Times and dates of live videos will vary according to staff availability, so please keep checking the Facebook page for updates.

During the developing coronavirus pandemic, Cats Protection’s centres and branches are closed to the public. To keep updated, please visit  www.cats.org.uk/help-and-advice/coronavirus

Anyone who would like to help cats in the charity’s care during this time can find out more by visiting www.cats.org.uk/support-us

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat charity, helping around 200,000 cats every year through a network of around 250,000 volunteer-run branches and 37 centres.