12. Communication: Cats Protection
Cats entering CP care are entering a whole new environment without their own scents around them. This can be very disorientating and stressful for them.
Cleaning and disinfecting protocols are essential for disease control, but they remove scent. The double bed system allows a bed with familiar scent on to always be left in a pen.
A Cats Protection pen ready for a new occupantImage author - Cats Protection/VET Team, licence - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Watch the video to get an introduction to the importance of scent for cats in care.A text transcript is available for this video (this link will open in a new window).
What we can do to help
Asking owners to bring in an item from their home with their scent on with them can help to reassure cats as they come into care.
In a similar way, a new owner could bring in items from their home prior to rehoming.