Thanks to all you crafty cat lovers, our feline friends in the care of Cats Protection and those aross the nation have been enjoying some super-snuggly blankets and some fuzzy playful mice since last year's appeal.
Cat's Protection, the UK's largest cat charity, successfully appealed to knitters last autumn to make cosy blankets and toy mice for cats waiting to find new homes and, with The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show being held from March 5-8, they're doing so again.
Knitted donations can be dropped off at the Cats Protection stall at the show, but don't worry if you haven't had time to knit anything just yet. Free copies of the popular Captain Cat-Battler knitted mouse pattern will be available at the stall and donations can be sent in to local branches.
If you're not going to The Spring Knitting & Stitching show, but still want to get involved then click here to find the mouse pattern - originally designed by Lauren O'Farrell.
For details of local branches, adoption centres or shops where knitted mice or blankets can be donated, phone Cats Protection's Helpline on 03000 12 12 12 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cats Protection advises that when knitting a toy or a blanket, it’s best to avoid using stretchy yarns or small plastic items – such as those that can be used for mouse eyes – to reduce the risk of injury to cats and kittens. It's also best to avoid lacy or open work blanket patterns, try something with a tight, closed stitch. The charity also suggests that cat owners regularly inspect cat toys for signs of wear or damage, not to leave cats unattended with knitted toys, and not to use knitted toys or blankets with cats that have wool-chewing habits.
The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show takes place at Olympia Central in London from March 5-8. For more information click here.
For your chance to win a pair of tickets to The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show click here. Plus, if you're still thinking of going then don't forget to use our discount code found here to save £2 on your tickets!
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps over 194,000 cats each year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 31 adoption centres.To find out more about the work of Cats Protection, please visit www.cats.org.uk.
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