Cats Protection launches knitting bee

Are you adept with your knitting needles? Cats Protection, the UK’s largest cat charity, needs your help. Crafty cat-lovers are being asked to help unwanted cats and kittens this autumn by making cosy blankets and fun mouse toys as part of the organisation’s knitting bee.

The UK’s largest cat charity is appealing to knitters to help make life a little more comfortable for thousands of cats in its care as they wait to find new homes.

Donations can be dropped into any of the charity’s branches, shops or adoption centres or taken to Cats Protection’s stand at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London from 7 – 11 October.

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A pattern for the popular Captain Cat-Battler knitted mouse – originally designed by Lauren O’Farrell ( – will be available to pick up at the show, or by calling the charity’s Helpline on 03000 12 12 12.

Cats Protection’s Events Manager Emma Osborne said: “We first launched our knitting bee last year and have been thrilled by the support we’ve received from knitters across the UK.

“The finished items have been a great success with the cats in our care, with the mice providing hours of fun and the blankets offering a snug place to curl up on.”

Cats Protection advises that when knitting a toy or blanket, it’s best to avoid the use of stretchy yarns or small plastic items – such as those that can be used for mouse eyes – to reduce the risk of injury to cats and kittens.

Loose weave blanket patterns involving the use of large needles are best avoided too. The charity also suggests that cat owners regularly inspect cat toys for signs of wear or damage, not to leave cats unattended with knitted toys, and not to use knitted toys or blankets with cats that have wool-chewing habits.

To find out more about the Knitting & Stitching Show, please visit


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