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St Francis Hospice for Cats  We are a cat charity based in the UK πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ that care for elderly & terminally ill cats 🐱. For more information about what we do visit our website.

http://news.sfhfc.org.uk/

Love this picture of Ace that Kaz has posted. Ace is one of the foster cats of SFHFC and here is looking on wanting a share of the lovely chicken salad that Kaz had prepared 😁😻

Meet Muffin and Cyril

Here are two lovely cats that SFHFC rescued earlier this year and are now two of our newest residents.
They had both been taken to the vets and had tested positive for FIV. With no other charity being able to take them SFHFC stepped in to ensure the safety of these cats. Sadly in a lot of these situations the cats aren't as lucky as Muffin and Cyril and are needlessly euthanised, mainly due to the misconceptions that surround the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, otherwise known as being FIV+. They have been with SFHFC for a couple of months now and although I've not yet met them myself I hear from Kay that they are both doing well and have settled into their temporary accommodation very well.

So please share if you know anybody who is looking to home a cat and may be able to give an FIV+ cat the second chance that they thoroughly deserve.

For more information about FIV please visit our website www.sfhfc.org.uk or go to www.catchat.org/FIV.htm where there is lots of helpful information.

5 years ago today our very own Tommy was diagnosed with Diabetes.
Claire and I had to quickly learn about how to care for him and his condition. One of the hardest things was to get our heads around the daily injection, but over time these have just fell into our daily routine. Amazingly Tommy has now had 3,650 injection and I have to say he is brilliant when it comes to meds time. Since then he has increased his ailments with hyperthyroidism & arthritis. We are grateful to have a superb vet and nursing team at Blagreaves along with some great friends Mick & Helen, Sarah, Hayley & Charlotte who have helped administer Tommy's medication to allow us a few mini break's along the way.
You can see from the pics that Tom is (ssshhhhh) probably Penny's favourite, but don't tell the others 😻

Keep well Tommy, we love you loads xx

Here is Houdini, he came to SFHFC in 2011 after being tested positive for FIV. A couple of years ago we fostered him out to one of our trustees Joyce in order for him to live a normal life. It warms my heart to see a photo like this of him relaxing in the sun. It reiterates the importance of giving an FIV+ cat a second chance. Sadly due to a number of misconceptions a high percentage of cats just like Houdini are euthanised every single day.
The work we have done over the years stands as proof that FIV cats can and often do live a normal and happy life. We so hope that we have been able to change some people's views with the information we provide as that may just help to save some lovely adorable cats life. When you look at this picture, just think, he could have been unnecessarily killed six years ago. It's just not right that still happens in this day and age.

When you get that feeling that your being watched.......this is Claude, he is one of the foster cats of SFHFC 😻

We're making the most of the nice bank holiday weather here in the UK doing a few jobs in our garden. Claude is enjoying the weather too and has made himself at home just where Claire is working. Don't cats just know where to sit as if to say, "stop what your doing and give me some fuss".

I have been a bit delayed in sharing some news about three cats we have rescued over the past few months.

This is Snowdrop, we rescued him from a vets after he had been taken in due to being FIV+. We had no background on where he had come from, just that he has the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and some wounds on his head, possibly from a cat fight. We would guess he might be aged between 12 to 15.
Snowdrop is currently residing in our limited temporary accommodation while we await the opening of our new unit. He has settled in alright, Kay says he enjoys his food but isn't an over friendly cat and generally prefers to keep himself to himself and doesn't want any fussing.

Since vacating the hospice in Littleover we have periodically posted about the update on our new unit. We are aware that our schedule is well overdue from our original suggested date. This has been due to a number of different situations which have arose, most of which have been out of the trustees hands. After 6 months where things seem to have stood still we are hopeful that we can get things moving again and would love to see an opening date later this year. So please keep bearing with us, and for those of you who have supported and followed us since our days in Littleover, we really do appreciate your patience.

We are reaching out in the hope that we can help to find Fizzle a new home. Due to her owners moving they are in need of finding a loving home, below is some information that Kay has supplied along with a picture of Fizzle.
If you are able to help in any way please contact Kay directly on 07967566785, she lives in Nottingham, UK. They need to find Fizzle a home before the end of June.

Fizzle is an 18 year old female and has been bought up in a family with two children. She is mild mannered, very clever and street wise. She likes to go out at night. She is house trained and eats both wet and dry food. Unfortunately she isn't very fond of other cats. She can be very affectionate and seems to know when you are ill. At these times she will not leave your side. She needs a loving home now for her senior years. She is in good health.

Sadly due to further delays with our new unit at SFHFC and with our temporary accommodation and foster carers full we don't currently have anywhere that we can home Fizzle. So we are really hoping someone out there can.
Thank you

Some of you may remember Henry, he is a cat that SFHFC rescued last year and thankfully we were able to find a wonderful loving home for him. Henry is doing well and thriving with the love and attention which he is getting. Here he is relaxing in one of his favourite positions (a bit unusual, but he likes it). Thanks must go to Laura and Mandy for opening their home to another FIV+ cat. It is so hard to imagine in a lot of cases cats just like Henry will be euthanised due to people's misconceptions about this illness. Just look at Henry, he's not on any medication, he eats, sleeps and plays like any other cat. He is a happy and contented fella.
So please remember and pass on the message that having Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV+) does not mean the cat doesn't deserve a chance of living a normal life.

It's a year ago today since we had to say a sad goodbye to our adorable Arnie who was a foster cat of SFHFC. He had seven good years with us after being given up on after testing positive for FIV. When he first came to us he was in a bad way and required a major dental, but after great vet care from Abdul at Blagreaves Vetenery Centre and some loving TLC he happily lived out his years with us. I love the picture of him with the food, you could always rely on Arnie to appear when u'd just sat down to eat your meal......he so enjoyed our human food. Still miss ya Matie x

Here is Ace who is one of the foster cats of SFHFC. He has recently moved house with his mum Kaz and I'm pleased to report that he has settled down well. Here he is relaxing on his sofa in his new living room. Well done Acey, and to Kaz we hope you are doing ok after the ordeal of moving x

I wanted to share this picture of Claude checking out some of the goodies that have been purchased by a couple of supporters of SFHFC.
Our new unit should be up and running by the summer (date still to be confirmed) and there are a lot of things that our charity needs. Here we have lots of litter trays, cat bowls, comfy beds and blankets. Two kind supporters Val and Julie have done some fund raising as they wanted to help a cause who are committed to helping cats with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. A lot of people have many misconceptions about FIV and we hope that some of the information we post can help to clarify a few things to give better awareness that FIV does NOT mean a death sentence for a cat who tests positive.
Claude is a great example of this, SFHFC rescued him from being euthanised simply on the basis that he tested positive for FIV. Claude is an otherwise healthy three year old and he doesn't require any medication. Due to being FIV positive his immune system is low and he can be more susceptible to picking up other things.
Claude is a cheeky chappy who loves attention, he is a real fusspot and loves to curl up on your knee, in fact that is where he is right now as I type this 😻.

This afternoon Claude has enjoyed a lovely afternoon in the sun.

Just posting this picture of our own (Claire and Gray's) Gizmo and Poppy. It just made me smile as at first glance I think it looks like a two headed cat 😺😸

Claude is our foster cat of SFHFC that we rescued last year after he tested positive for FIV. He loves having a roam around our secure garden and here he is inspecting a new decking area we are having done.
I am hoping to update you all on the new unit of SFHFC over the coming weeks. All plans are still going forward although it has been slow going over the winter months. We are hoping that now the weather is improving we can really move forward ready for opening our doors once again before the summer.

Here are a couple of pictures of our daughter Penny reading to Claude who is one of the rescued FIV foster cats of SFHFC. Today Penny came home from school over the moon as the first picture won a prize in her school competition, entitled Extreme Reading.

Hi, this is Claire. I really wanted to share this with all like minded people as it is a personal treasure that I'm sure many of you would love. I have recently received my custom made necklace from fuzzy trinkets. It is an incredible piece of jewellery hand made so my gorgeous Gizmo will be with me at all times. If you search for Fuzzy Trinkets on Facebook you can browse some of the lovely items the incredibly talented Luann Burton has created. These amazing items can be created with a little lock of your furry friends fur. Just a small amount can be used from a grooming session - there is no need to cut any fur! Alternatively if sadly your beloved friend is no longer with you Luann is able to create bespoke jewellery, key rings & keepsakes using your beloved pets ashes. All items are extremely reasonable in price, and can be tailored to your requirements, so it's well worth a look. Why not treat yourself to a forever treasure from Fuzzy Trinkets? @FuzzyTrinkets1

Settled down to watch a film tonight and have my very own leg warmer........his name is Claude. He is such a loveable character, so glad we saved him from being euthanised last year.

Here is a lovely snuggly picture of Ace who is one of the foster cats of SFHFC. Ace is a real loveable character who after a few years at the hospice found his perfect forever home with Kaz. He has lived with Kaz for a couple of years now and enjoys tummy rubs (I know he gets lots of them) and loves playing with his cat toys. I've copied a link of him in a playful mood 😻. https://www.facebook.com/kaz.woodward.7/posts/10158180874945453

Here is Claude, he's made himself very comfortable on my knee tonight and has been giving himself a good clean. Again Claude is proof that a cat with FIV can live a happy and normal life.

Here is Claude, SFHFC rescued him from being euthanised last year after he had tested positive for FIV. He is a very happy and lively cat who can be quite mischievous, probably due to him only being three years old. He splits his time between time in the house with us and our furry's and being out in the pen in our garden. Our cats are getting used to him however they would prefer him not to be about, but over the time things are getting more settled. Here Claude looks like such a good boy using the scratch post, but in reality to our frustration he likes our carpet much better.

As I have just scrolled through some of our old posts I came across this picture of Zak. Over the years I have had the pleasure of taking and posting thousands of photos of our adorable residents. This is one of my personal favourites. Zak was such a character and everybody who visited the hospice fell in love with him. After having such a terrible start in life it always amazed me how lovable he was towards humans. For people who don't know Zak's story he had been badly beaten and left for dead in a gutter. It was then that Sybil heard a noise and went outside to see what it was. Zak had crawled under a car and would have without doubt died there if Sybil had not gone looking for him. He had numerous injuries including a broken jaw. After surgery to wire his jaw and months of convalescing at SFHFC he did make a full recovery. His characteristic floppy ear made him instantly recognisable and I will always remember the many times I shared with him sitting on my knee enjoying fuss. So again, the thanks for his life go to our lovely supporter Sybil. May she rest in peace, she really was Zak's guardian angel πŸ˜‡πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’™

I'm sharing this picture of Sybil and Zak in memory of them both. Sadly Sybil passed away earlier this week at the age of 83. She had been a supporter of SFHFC for many years and she was the lady who had saved Zak's life. If it wasn't for Sybil Zak would have never recovered from the horrendous injury's he had suffered. It was her kindness that bought Zak to us and led to him enjoying many years at the hospice. I know that Zak was a great favourite with many of our followers so felt it was fitting to share this in memory of a lovely lady. Sybil, you can once again give Zak some cuddles, take care of our lovely residents who are sadly no longer with us πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’™

It's one year ago today since we lost our very own adorable Mikey. We had him as a kitten and for 16 years loved him so much, so many lovely memories of him, I just wish we could have more. Not a day goes by that we don't think about him, love you always Mikey, wherever you are, Claire, Gray and Penny πŸ’”xπŸ’”xπŸ’”x

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