Welcome to the website of Catsnip

Over the past weeks I have had many emails from some lovely people holidaying in Sicily who have come across cats and raised their concern. This is the advice I give them. First of all, before you consider removing the cat from its territory, unless it is obviously in need of veterinary care, do consider: does this cat belong to a colony? Is there a gattara (cat lady) who regularly feeds them?

The make up of a feral colony is quite complex and of a matriarchal nature. You could do more harm than good by removing a cat from the surroundings it has always known. Feral cats are NOT` abandoned domestic cats, as a rule, they are essentially wild having been born to feral mothers who have taught them the ways of their world. DO NOT ALLOW HUMAN SENTIMENTALITY TO COME INTO YOUR DECISION. The priority is WHAT IS BEST FOR THE CAT.

For those who decide they want to bring a cat to their homes (see the story of Katarna in my book The Great Sicilian Cat Rescue) this is a complex and usually expensive action to take. There are strict regulations for animals entering the UK for example. The feline must have an anti rabies inoculation and then wait in situ for twenty-one days. Documentation must be obtained via an ASL office and there are other injections required a few days before the cat can leave with its approved Pet Passport. The agency Relocat, based in Rome, transports cats efficiently and with all care.

For veterinary care contact me at the Catsnip address for details.

You will find more information in my practical chapter at the end of The Great Sicilian Cat Rescue and also useful contacts.


Catsnip was set up in 2002 following the discovery that the Sicilian method of controlling the population of feral cats in the mistaken belief this would ‘solve’ the problem was by killing them.With funding raised from organisations and individuals, Catsnip makes several catch/neuter/return trips in Sicily with vets from America, Germany and the UK. The organisation is now eight years old and entering a new phase. This will involve working at a slower but I believe, more productive pace, over the year rather than just a week or two. I am also planning educational trips with a British vet to teach local Sicilian vets modern ways of neutering.

Catsnip has several main aims:

 

The Great Sicilian Cat Rescue book coverThe Great Sicilian Cat Rescue: One English Woman's Mission to Save an Island's Cats

Numerous visitors to Mediterranean countries have found their holiday punctuated by trips to feed hungry feral cats. Some try to save injured and sick felines. Not many have gone to the lengths of Jenny Pulling with her one-woman campaign, Catsnip. Set against the beautiful and sinister backdrop of Sicily and its enigmatic people, the book charts Jenny's journey as passionate defender of the island's often abused and ill-treated cats.

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