NEWS: Keep a Kitty Warm with Cats Protection Knitting Bee

Cats Protection KNitting Bee KNitted Cat toy Pattern

You don’t need us to tell you that knitting is cool (you’ve got your nan to do that) and if ever there was a good excuse to nimble up those fingers, this is it! With the colder weather setting in (blankets on knees ladies), Cats Protection is calling for all you kitty cuddlers to knit much needed blankets and toys to provide a some comfort and fun for many of the 6,000 cats in their care while they wait for loving new homes.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out one of our personal favourites, the notorious Captain Cat-Battler knitted mouse toy, a veteran of cat vs mouse conflict. You can get the pattern for Captain Cat Battler by Lauren O’Farrell from

Knitted cat toys pic featured

The launch of the Cats Protection Knitting Bee coincides with their presence at the Knitting and Stitching Show which starts at Alexandra Palace today.

“Knitting a cat toy or blanket is a great way for craft fans to flex their creative muscles whilst making life better for the cats in our care. Visitors to the Knitting and Stitching Show will have the opportunity to create a knitted mouse on our stand – needles, wool, filling and a pattern will all be provided!” says Emma Osborne, Cats Protection’s Events Manager.

If you’re headed down there, you can drop off your handiwork to Cats Protection stand (P50). For those not visiting the show, the charity’s branches, shops and adoption centres will be happy to accept donations of knitted mice and blankets.

For more information on how you can helps cats this winter, please visit:

Check out our selection of accessories that are cool for cats at


•A few notes of knitting safely for kitties: 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.

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