All profits from the sales of the playmats will go to the Cat Register
SPECIALLY RECOMMENDED BY
went to visit the Cat Register and Rescue Charity in Falkirk
recently. She was knocked out by their hospitality and had nothing
but admiration for the work they do. Catsup has a limited number
of CRR playmats for sale. All profits from their sales will
be sent to the CRR.
boys love the playmats their adopted brother Ricky sent them
about the work of the CRR and find out how to buy a playmat
The Cat Register and Rescue is a small
charity working in the Falkirk area of Scotland. They rescue
strays, have them neutered and, whenever possible, find them
homes. Healthy ferals who are capable of existing in the wild
are returned to their colonies once they have been neutered.
Cats who cannot live independently and who, because of age or
infirmity, are unlikely to find homes are fostered by the charity
for the rest of their lives. The charity has a "no kill"
What really stands out from the moment
you meet members of the charity is the love they give to all
the cats in their care. Each cat has a name and responds to
it. The carers know all of their orphans' idiosyncracies and,
if they possibly can, they cater to them. This has resulted
in Riley, a cat with a heart defect taking up permanent residence
in his carer's bathroom, away from the hurly burly of the other
cats. Enter and you will find a a beautifully groomed, grey,
longhaired resident, at complete ease on his bed. A litter tray
is within easy reach and food is nearby should he feel peckish.
Any attention you care to give him is welcomed. Annie likes
to spend most of her time on top of a kitchen cupboard. Look
up and there she is, sitting comfortably in the basket that
has been placed there for her. Thoughtfully surrounded by a
modesty screen is her litter tray. Her carer has to climb onto
the worktop twice a day to retrieve it.
The work the carers do is mind boggling.
When you live with 18 or, in one home, 30+ cats, there's no
room for laziness. Floors are washed 3 times a day, the cats'
food is served on sparkling white plastic platters and litter
trays are cleaned as soon as they are soiled. It's a full time
job - and then some!
Catsup has a limited number
of playmats available. Made by Rita and Lisa of the CRR, they
are approximately 14" square, although sizes do vary slightly.
They all have pockets containing removeable catnip mice and
small catnip impregnated pouches or other toys attached to a
corner of the playmat by a cord. Features, such as motifs, vary.
(The playmats in the picture are on top of cushions which are
Spock is happy to recommend
the catnip mice to all cats. The two that arrived with their
playmats have become his favourite toys and he even brings them
up to bed with him every night for a quick play before he settles
down to sleep. Not one of his better ideas as far as Ann is
concerned! The catnip Rita and Lisa use is powerful stuff! Dracs,
who rarely plays, spends a lot of time sleeping peacefully in
front of the fire on the playmats.
outside the UK
The playmats are $12.75 each
inclusive of postage and packing
can recommend these playmats. Not only is mine
good to lie on, but I can have a great wrestle
with it too. Now what did I do with that mouse?
thought we'd let you know that the playmat arrived
today and has been a big hit! Muffin in particular
loves it, as you can see from the photo. That's
Cassie sitting on it, with Ming watching Muffin
who's in action with one of the mice.
mice have vanished already. I think we'd have
to talk to Muffin and Ming if we want to know
where they are. I'm sure they know exactly where
they left them, they usually do.
playmat's mine and I'm
not sharing it with anyone!
can also help the Cat Register and Rescue by adopting one of
their orphans. It only costs £10 a year and you will receive
an adoption certificate, information about your chosen orphan
and updates. Orphans have even been known to write to their
Adopters themselves! (Three of them, Bernard,
have submitted their profiles to Catsup and won our Cupwinners
Award.) To find out more about adopting, Click
visit the Cat Register and Rescue's own website,