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Donations Doubled for cats like Muffin: the determined Bengal who turned her life around during lockdown

In a scary year that has been both isolating and lonely for so many people, the companionship offered to us by our pets has become increasingly highlighted and celebrated.

This year, as part of our Big Give Christmas Challenge appeal where all donations will be doubled, we are raising money to pay back the debt we owe to these loyal, caring and faithful companions.

Never before have so many of us collectively felt the benefits that pets can bring to our physical and mental wellbeing.

Despite this, we still see cases of neglect and malnourishment at NAWT, where animals haven’t been given the love, care and treatment they deserve.

Animals like one year old Bengal, Muffin, who would not have survived if she hadn’t arrived at NAWT just before the start of lockdown. Muffin had not seen a vet in her life, despite clearly showing signs of severe discomfort. Instead, she had been left to simply waste away.

She was in a really bad condition, only weighing a tiny 1.9kg. The vet said that her intestines were the worst they had ever seen. Tests suggested it’s likely her suffering was caused by malnutrition and dehydration.

Her terrible and unlucky start in life meant that she would need medication and a special diet prescribed by the vet for the rest of her life.

But after a great deal of rehabilitative work, Muffin soon settled into cattery life at NAWT and her weight increased to 2.75kg. She also showed a lot more energy and a playful side, even playing with other cats!

A gorgeous and extremely photogenic cat, Muffin was quickly discovered and adopted by her new owners, who recently sent us a lovely update:

“She was asleep on my lap already after just three hours of being with us, so we were very encouraged that she was so relaxed and taking it all in her stride. She is a bright, intelligent girl and loves to play with her mice, feathers and ball”.

“She has a squeaky meow and can be very chatty when she wants her dinner. She gained weight to a point where we had to reduce her food by 10%, as she was getting a little bit too big! Her fur is silky, soft and the sleekest cat fur we’ve ever experienced”.

“To help ease her boredom, we got her a harness and lead to take her for walks around our garden every day, so that she can safely investigate her new territory and surroundings. She is very relaxed on her lead, much to our son’s amusement, he finds it very entertaining. We’ll do whatever it takes to make her happy!”

“We feel very blessed that she has come into our lives. Hopefully she feels the same!”

Stories like this are an important reminder that no matter what is happening in the human world around us, our pets continue to rely on us. As domesticated companion animals, it is our duty to protect and care for them.

This is why NAWT’s project as part of the Big Give Christmas Challenge this year, is to continue to improve the lives of homeless animals during the Coronavirus pandemic. From midday on 1st December 2020 – until midday on 8th December 2020, every donation you make to our campaign on the Big Give website will be DOUBLED at no extra cost to you.

Please help us in our mission to give back to all our furry companions, who have done so much for all of us this year, by supporting our Big Give Christmas Challenge appeal from midday on 1st December 2020.

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