Could you knit a blanket to help cats during lockdown?


If you’re looking for a new hobby to try while the country is on lockdown, an RSPCA cattery in London is hoping you can help!

RSPCA Friern Barnet Adoption Centre - located within a new Pets at Home store at the Friern Bridge retail park in North London - is calling on creative and crafty people to help provide some special knitted blankets for its cats.

Nicole Grover, from the centre, said: “We give all of our cats a knitted blanket when they arrive here. It’s something warm and cosy for them to curl up on in their pods and when they find their forever homes it means they have something to take with them with a familiar scent. This helps the transition from our centre to their new home much easier and less stressful.

“While there are lots of people spending more time at home during the current Coronavirus lockdown we thought it would be a great opportunity for anyone who knits or crochets - or fancies giving it a try - to make some beautiful blankets for our lovely cats.”

The centre is asking for blankets of 30cm-40cm in size made out of machine washable wool.

“Some of our wonderful volunteers have also been making dangly toys and toy mice to keep our cats entertained and to make their pods more fun,” Nicole added.

“Our fab volunteers Chris and Vicky have made 54 blankets for us in the past year, 20 chrochet mouse toys and 12 string toys which have also been really popular.

“We’re incredibly grateful to all of our wonderful supporters who spend time creating toys and blankets for our cats so we’d like to say a big thank you.”

Please send your donations to:
Pets At Home
Friern Bridge Retail Park
Pegasus Way
Friern Barnet
N11 3PW


For more information, visit the RSPCA Friern Barnet Facebook page.