Wednesday 7 October 2020

Welcome to Our Mid-Week News Round-Up and Hot Gossip on The Pet Parade & Today's Headlines are ~ World Animal Road Accident Awareness Day #CATSMATTER, Scrumble's Advent Calendar And Ghostly Goings On at BBHQ

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Welcome to the Pet Parade and our weekly news round up!

Furst up in the headlines this week is...

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The 8th of October 2020 is the World Animal Road Accident Awareness Day, here's the official link to the campaign; it's heartbreaking when mew read about the 630+ cats a day that get hit by cars just in the UK alone. 25% of those will be fatal, leaving 75% that could possibly be saved if drivers stopped and did the right thing.

The UK's annual road casualties for wildlife is estimated at around 70 million animals, that's roughly the UK's human population - that is the saddest thing we've read in a long time.

Apparently, October is the highest rate of road deaths for cats, and approx 230,000+ cats are run over in the UK every year, which is absolutely horrific. However, the pawesome peeps at CatsMatter are trying to make big changes that benefit cats involved in RTA's.

 At the moment, UK Law dictates that drivers must report the following anipals to the police: 

Horses, Cattle, Pigs, Goats, Sheep, Donkeys, Mules and Dogs. 

Domestic anipals need to be taken to a veterinarian immediately if injured. And deceased anipals also need to be taken to a vet to have their microchip scanned if they have one.

CatsMatter are working tirelessly with official govt bodies to make it illegal to leave the scene of an RTA involving a cat, and this procedure will include making it mandatory for all cat owners to have their pet microchipped by law.

There's oodles of info at the CatMatter's website, including downloadable sheets for

 Roadside First Aid and Flyers to Distribute plus a few others too.

This is a very worthy cause, and we're right behind them. 

Also, we purrsonally feel that some pet pawrents need to look at cat guardianship a little differently in 2020, as sadly we've noticed that some new pawrents think it's ok to let cats roam near busy roads all hours of the day and night, and then they're genuinely surprised when something bad happens to their cat. This astounds us, if we lived in a built-up area today, we'd have no outside time at all unless it was in a catio.

When the P.A. lived in the city her furst cat, Catkin was hit by a car and she spent 2 days looking for him, combing the streets, checking everywhere she could think of and asking anyone she saw, and she also rang every shelter multiple times a day until she found him. 

Catkin had been visiting another house only 50 yards away for a while, and apparently, after his accident, he went to that house and sat on the landing, the chap who lived there eventually took Catkin to the RSPCA and the P.A. finally found him. His back leg was badly broken, the knee joint was floating and it cost £2500+ in 1996 to have his leg fixed, that was a lot of cash back then and he had to go to a special surgeon 40 miles away, so the costs kept spiralling and he wasn't insured at the time.

In the last 25 years, the traffic has got busier and busier, and some people still let their cats roam at will. Ask yourself this, would mew let a baby/toddler run around near busy roads? We certainly wouldn't!

 Even in our tiny village, our neighbours Tonkinese cat was hit by a delivery driver about 3 years ago, and it cost over £4,000 to make him better.  

If mew're a cat owner and mew still let your cat roam, purrlease don't, keep them indoors or build a little catio, keep them safe. The price of a catio today would be far cheaper than paying the vets costs to try and fix your cat after a road accident.


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In other news this week, our epic buddy's at Scrumble's asked us if we'd like to try one of their new Catmas 2020 Advent Calendars, of course we'd like to try one, did mew really need to ask! MOL MOL MOL

Anyhoo, the other day it arrived at BBHQ and we were most eager to check it out.

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The P.A. unpacked it as fast as she could, and then Melvyn and Fudge were furst on paw to inspect it, and they couldn't wait...

"Roll on December!" they both said. "We can't wait to nom those noms!"

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If mew'd like to get your mittens on one of these epic calendars click here before they're sold out, and they also do one for our K9 buddy's too, so everypawdy can have extra treats this Catmas, WOOOOOO HOOOOOO! MOL

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And finally this week, Ghostly Goings On at BBHQ.


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As mew can see we've got spooks galore at BBHQ, but neffur fear this one is part of our upcoming Crafting with Cats Halloween Special, so if mew want to find out what we're making this year, stay tuned for our big reveal coming soon! 

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Shhhhhhh, don't tell anypawdy but we've heard that Amber's got a whole new look for her new season's review posts and apparently, she's gone with PINK... we couldn't believe it either!

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  1. We sure worry about our outside ferals and the roads and the traffic, it's scary out there. We won't tell Amber!

  2. We wish people would not let their cats roam. Kitties are so much safer staying indoors, or in a catio. Amber, we will keep your secret, but are looking forward to seeing that new look! XO

  3. I hate seeing kitties outside, its not busy here, but *it* still happens, way too often...dogs too, not to mention the various wild animals snuffed out.

    I once saw a beautiful grey kitty with very emerald eyes, dead on the road...I was so distraught, I had to pen a requiem poem for him...sometimes I still remember him when I go for a walk along that part of our village, and it was years ago:(

  4. I couldn't find that poem, but here is a different one I composed for another poor kitten.A Poor

    Poor Dead Kitty

    A poor dead kitty
    Lying on the road,
    Inspired this ditty,
    To honor its life.

    Tiny and sweet,
    Fur grey and white,
    With tiny white feet,
    In a tumbled heap.

    Just a few months old,
    Now lifeless and still,
    At the curb, where it rolled,
    After getting hit by a car.

    Hopefully, it will be found,
    By its owners,
    Looking around,
    For their pet that didn't come home.

    No longer can kitty play,
    Run or chase toy mice,
    This made Meowmy sad today,
    To see this bad sight.

    What horrific statistics, and you'd think the fact that the internationally famous Bob The Streetcat was recently killed by a car would push this forward even more.

  6. Oh that is so sad to hear that so many pussycats have been hit by an auto. Mom doesn't let me, Myrnie or Esmay outside to roam, 'cause she says we'll live longer. Dad's been thinking about building a catio.

    I totally telling Mom to get me one of those advent catlendars!

  7. That is such a sad fact but people just let their cats roam and we have no idea what is in their minds. Dad has not had roaming cats for 38 years and was lucky that the last kitty who was hit (we think) only (only? Argh but lucky) had her eye knocked out which did go back into her head but was sightless. We pray for all those who are so left without safety. thanks my friends and we will look for Amber "in the pink"

  8. this pozt ree minds uz.... we lovez ewe street cat bob ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  9. It is sad and avoidable that so many cats are killed on the road. Even though we live down a quiet country lane, Eric and Flynn weren't allowed in the fields unsupervised. The 8' high fence all around the garden was built so they could go outside in safety whenever they wanted to.

  10. That is so sad. If cats go out they need to be supervised or fenced in. I can't wait for Amber's reviews to start. XO

  11. We always kept our kitties in our home. We have to care for our babies.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday. ♥

  12. Oh, that is super sad. I hates seein' kittehs outside around here cause there are coyotes roaming the streets day and night and sadly, they gets them. The roads are just as bad, luckily we don't see many of those. I hopes all the peeps keep the kittehs safe inside!
    Have a wonderful rest of your week!
    Ruby ♥


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