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

I’ve just been sitting out with Bruce and he’s been enjoying some fuss and Dreamy Treats. He is adorable and we do think he is a handsome fella 😻.

There is real progress being made now with our new unit. We are really pleased with how we have been able to adapt and integrate the old UPVC panels from our previous residence. Some of you may remember that when we were in Littleover we had areas of the hospice which were affectionately known as, The Garden Room and The Potting Shed. It’s approximately 15 years ago since there were a number of fundraising events held to purchase these UPVC buildings for the charity and we are so pleased that we have been able to use them going forward with our new unit.
We still have a considerable amount of work to do inside but a lot of things are in place to be completed over the next few weeks.
In my next post I will be including how you may be able to help as we will be looking to raise some funds towards part of the new build.

Meet our newest resident. His name is Bruce and he came to SFHFC a couple of weeks ago. He had been found as a stray and had been being fed in a garden for a couple of months, when the chap feeding him had thought that he may need to go to the vets. So Bruce was taken to see the vet and while there he tested positive for FIV. The kind gentleman who had been feeding Bruce was unable to keep him himself and got in touch with us to see if we could help.
At that time Bruce was suffering with diarrhoea and runny eyes and was on a course of antibiotics. After a couple of calls Bruce was brought over to our temporary accommodation where he will be staying until we finalise the finishing touches to our new unit.

I am pleased to say he has settled with us quite well and absolutely adores his food.....along with a bit of fuss of course. He has been to visit our vet Abdul at Blagreaves Surgery and has received a full check over. Bruce has now been neutered and has recently had an antibiotic injection to help with his ongoing symptoms.

If you would like any information about FIV then please visit https://www.catchat.org/index.php/fiv

Thank you 🙏🏻

Here’s a little teaser of some of the cats that we are currently looking after at the moment in our temporary accommodation. These will be the first of the cats to go into the new unit once we have got it kitted our for them. I think you’ll agree, they are so lovely and adorable. I will be posting more pics of our adorable residents over the coming weeks.
This is a good time to highlight that the majority of the cats that we rescue have the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, meaning they have tested positive for FIV. Unfortunately there are still a lot of people (including some vets) out there who don’t fully understand this illness, meaning that a large number of cats are unnecessarily euthanised everyday. Hard to believe when you look at this picture and think that many cats just like these don’t sadly get the second chance that these have now they are with SFHFC.
So please share this post in order that we can get this message across to as many people as possible. If this post could help to save just one cats life, then it’s been worth it.
If you would like to read some great information about FIV then please visit https://www.catchat.org/index.php/fiv

Thank you 🙏🏻

It’s been a long time waiting but I am pleased to say that our new unit is finally up. We still have work to do on the inside before we will be able to accept new residents into the hospice. I am aware that this new chapter has taken a lot longer than any of us ever expected, but after many delays, a lot of which were out of the charity’s control it really is exciting to know that things really are now moving in the right direction. I am posting a few pics of the empty shell, we are now looking at getting the interior cat friendly as well as homely and comfortable and also some permanent cat friendly steps (the temp set are for us humans only). Since these were taken we have also erected part of the old UPVC buildings that were based at our previous location in Littleover, these will help us to offer as much space as we can for our residents to wander freely around their new home.

If you would like to help in some way then watch this space as I will be putting together a wish list of items and things that the charity will need. I am hoping to get our Amazon Wishlist updated as I know that a lot of our supporters used to use this as a way of donating directly to what our cats need. We are a small independent registered charity who survive solely on the kind donations from the public, so thank you to everybody who has donated to our charity in some way. If you would like to donate you can visit our website and click on the Paypal link.

So now that things are moving I will aim to start posting about the new unit as well as the cats that are currently in our care. I hope that you will be able to continue supporting us on our new chapter.

Thank you to everybody for your good wishes and support, past, present and hopefully in the future.

Hi, some of you will know that I’m Gray, one of the trustees of SFHFC. The past few years have been extremely difficult for us as a charity and there have been a few times where I have wondered if we would ever be able to get the charity up and running again after our forced relocation. Now I know I have been quiet for quite a while and some of you might be wondering what is happening.
Firstly let me apologise for the delay in being able to get the charities new unit up and running. There have been a chain of unfortunate and unforeseeable events that have caused the many delays.
I am pleased now however to say that the foundations and groundwork have been finished and we are now awaiting delivery of our new unit. It should be with us by July and then erected and finished off by August/September. Plans for the unit have changed a couple of times but I am now exited to say that I am looking forward to sharing photos of the new unit once it is delivered. I don’t like to give time scales following the many disappointments of the last few years, but please do bare with us. Sylvester says hi too 😃🐱

Some of you will remember Sylvester. He was one of our long standing residents at SFHFC before he was fostered by Katrina who was one of our volunteers. This was just over three years ago.

Well I’m pleased to say he is doing well and that we have just been looking after him for a few days. It has been lovely to see him doing so well and seeming very happy and contented. I’ve managed a couple of cuddles with him on my knee and he is currently sitting next to me having a wash. I love to share these happy posts, as a lot of people would have given up on an FIV+ Cat who had a deep routed ear tumour. But it goes to show that with some loving day to day care (thanks to Katrina) and a great vet (thanks to Abdul from Blagreaves), Sylvester is living proof that having FIV does not stop a cat from having a happy life. I love the photo of him with two of our past residents in the background, adorable Zak and Winston.

Some of you may remember Henry. He was a young FIV+ cat that SFHFC rescued a couple of years ago. Thankfully we were able to find him a loving home with Laura and Mandy and they have sent me some pictures to show how well he is doing.
These pictures make me so pleased to see Henry looking so happy and healthy. If we hadn’t intervened when we did he would have been euthanised due to being FIV+. Henry is living proof that although the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus is classed as a terminal illness, with the right loving home and vet care if and when required it really doesn’t have to stop a cat from living a contented and happy life. I mean, just look how adorable he is.

This is Sylvester who is one of the foster cats of SFHFC. Since we had to move from our previous residence Sylv went to live with one of our volunteers Katrina. I’m pleased to say Sylv is continuing to do really well and is enjoying a very happy and loving life, even though he has had some health worries along the way. Over the time he has had a couple of operations on his ear as he has a deep routed tumour. Earlier this year there was also an issue with the tip of one of his ears so our vet Abdul had him in and removed just the tip of his ear. Again Sylv has shown his resilience and has continued enjoying life, treats and of course lots of TLC off Katrina. So here’s wishing Sylv many more happy times 😻.

Just wanted to share this post about one of our (Gray & Claire) own Cats Poppy as it has been a worrying day. This morning Poppy had her breakfast and all seemed fine. Then an hour later she was drooling and it was obvious that she was in some discomfort/pain with her mouth. So we rang our vet Abdul at Blagreaves Vets and got an emergency appointment. While we sat in the car park we really had our doubts as to what he would be able to do for her as she is 18 in July and has had a few health worries recently. When Abdul checked in her mouth we could see that a tooth had broken off and wasn’t looking great, as well as a couple of her other teeth not looking too good. So she went straight through for a dental and ended up having four teeth removed. While waiting in the waiting room we really weren’t sure what the outcome would be. Amazingly she came through the operation & I am delighted to say she is now lying with us on our bed after enjoying chicken for her tea and is purring nicely. A massive thanks to Abdul, he’s worked wonders for us again. He really is such a fantastic vet 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Just wanted to share this photo of our very own (Gray and Claire) Gizmo as today is his 18th Birthday. He really is our precious handsome boy 😘

Some of you may remember Solomon, he is one of the foster cats of SFHFC.

Today he went in for a dental as following a check up with our vet Abdul it had been decided that it would be better to remove the few teeth he had left. Although this is never ideal it can sometimes be necessary and will help to ensure he has a healthy life. While at the vets giving Sol a bit of TLC I took a quick pic/video as it was nice to see him recovering from the anaesthetic. Thankfully the dental went well so hopefully over the next couple of days he will return to his lively self again.

We estimate Solomon is now about 13 years old. He has been with SFHFC since 2010 after being found as a stray and then was diagnosed as being FIV+. When we had to vacate our premises a couple of years one of our volunteers Carole, took Solomon on as a foster Cat. Since then he has been able to enjoy all the home comforts. He has lots of treats as well as enjoying lots and lots of fuss and cuddles.

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