Leading UK feline welfare charity, Cats Protection, is keen to show its support for National Pet Week (29 April-7 May) which this year centres on the theme ‘Your Pet - One of the Family’.
With around six million cat-owning households in the country, it is no surprise that cats are currently the UKís most popular pet and that our feline friends are regarded as important members of the family.
A survey of children 13 years and under by Cats Protection found that 65% said that sharing their feelings with their cat cheers them up and helps them to feel happier, whilst 47% of respondents felt that their cat helped to ease their feelings of loneliness.
Furthermore, a study examining the social and personal support young people gain from having a pet by J. McNicholas and G. M. Collis in 2001*, found that children considered their cat just as important as their mother as a source of comfort in times of stress and illness. ‘A supportive relationship with a cat or other pet can also have the added benefit of allowing children to establish positive relationships with other people,’ said Dr McNicholas.
Janet Wickens, Head of Fundraising and Commun-ications at Cats Protection, said: ‘Cats bring many benefits into the home, reinforcing the fact that our feline friends are valued members of the family. Their independence, coupled with their affectionate and loving nature, makes them ideal family members and it is wonderful to be able to highlight this during National Pet Week.’
To find out more about rehoming a Cats Protection rescue cat or for more information about the work of the charity, please call Cats Protection’s Helpline on 08702 099 099, visit www.cats.org.uk or email email@example.com
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat welfare charity, rehoming 60,000 cats a year through its nationwide network of 29 Adoption Centres and 260 voluntary-run Branches.