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Kittens abandoned in box at Hamilton Racecourse

kittens in box

 

Four adorable kittens were abandoned inside a cardboard box at Hamilton Racecourse in Scotland recently, and the Scottish SPCA are therefore appealing for any information the public may have surrounding them.

The kittens, which were handed into the charity’s Lanarkshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming centre in Hamilton on Wednesday 12 November. are between six to eight weeks old and have been named CeCe, Jess, Zooey and Nick (after the hit TV show 'New Girl' it would seem!) 

Centre manager Peter Fleming said, “The person who brought the kittens in said they saw a man in a blue Toyota Hilux vehicle dumping them at Hamilton Racecourse, which is only minutes from our centre. The racecourse is a popular spot and whoever has left them would have probably assumed they would be found.

"However, it is still an offence to abandon an animal and we are appealing to anyone who recognises the kittens to come forward. We'll continue to look after them until we can find them all loving new homes."

Abandoning an animal is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life - meaning this is a serious offence. 

Do you have any information about these beautiful little kittens? Anyone with information is being urged to contact the Scottish SPCA animal helpline on 03000 999 999.

Cat competition!

Win a 'No More Odours' spray!

no more odours

This week we have six fantastic 'No More Odours' sprays to give away, to keep your house smelling fresh and clean, and keep pet odours at bay. 

Correct house training is the first thing we usually face with a new kitten or rescue cat. Getting it right takes patience, consistency, praise and a good odour remover for when things don't go to plan.

'No More Odours' is an innovative and powerful cleaner that neutralises and deodorises urine quickly. 

Created by Furniture Clinic; a company specialising in home care and repair products, 'No More Odours' is guaranteed to work when all others fail. The advanced cleaning formula reacts with the urine, killing the enzymes upon direct contact, destroying the odour and preventing it from reoccurring. 

What's more, regardless of how old the contaminated area is (we've all found those hidden stains, worrying if they're days, weeks or even a months old...), 'No More Odours' will remove the smell.

If used immediately after the stain is formed, it will also remove the stain as well as the smell, completely eradicating all evidence in a few easy steps.

HOW TO WIN A 'NO MORE ODOURS' SPRAY:

If you receive the Your Cat newsletter, there will be a link on the email to update your details and a tick box option to enter the competition. Click here to register to the Your Cat newsletter if you don't already receive it. The closing date is 12pm on Thursday November 27, 2014. Good luck! This competition is for UK residents only.

Help with the Your Cat website

main siteWe hope you like the website. Our design has been chosen to reflect modern day web browsers on both traditional computers and tablets (as well as smartphones).

You can now use Facebook to log into our forum and community area. Don't worry if you don't have a Facebook account or would like to keep the two separate... you can still register with us in minutes and be part of the cat fun!

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3) My username or password is not working

You can have your password sent to you by clicking on the 'lost password' option during login (and same for your username if you have forgotten that). During the site upgrade, your usernames were transferred across but your passwords were reset therefore your old password will not work and you may get redirected back to the homepage. You should have received an email from us with your new password. Once you have logged in, you can change your password to something more memorable.

4) I saw an error message or I was diverted to the homepage!

As with all new sites, there will be bugs! Try it again, but if you do come across something that isn't working in the way it should, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and let us know! We will try to fix the problem or reply back to you as soon as possible.

5) What is the Cat Community and Cat Forum?

There are two social areas on this site. The forum (click here to go to the Cat Forum) is an upgraded version of what you are used to on the old site. Please note we have been unable to take old threads with the move so we are starting the forum afresh! The forum is ideal for asking other users about problems you may have with your cat and for general advice questions. The forum can be dived in and out, you are able to pick up on threads as you wish.

The Cat Community is new (click here to go to the Cat Community) and works slightly differently. This is for more real-time status updates, uploading photos and videos, commenting on stories, joining/creating groups, and to be honest we are looking to you to see how it is used! With feedback and a few weeks of usage, we will assess how the Forum and Cat Community work together and what our members think of it.

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Kitten care

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