Moggy matriarch finds new home for Mother’s Day

Big-hearted Barnstaple family gives new home to elderly cat and her son after Cats Protection appeal in North Devon Gazette.

AN appeal through the North Devon Gazette has led to the “purr-fect” ending for a 19-year-old moggy matriarch and her “kitten”.

After Barnstaple Cats Protection put out a heartfelt Mother’s Day plea for tabby mum Mittens and her son Felix, 17, the Theze family had no hesitation offering them a new home.

The mother and son had been looked after by fosterer Amanda Budd since January after their previous owner could not care for them any more.

Both older acts, with advanced renal disease, they were constantly overlooked in favour of younger cats, but when Pauline Theze read the Gazette article she had no hesitation in offering them a home.

“We were looking for two cats so they could keep our other elderly cat Muffin company if we were out, so Mittens and Felix were perfect,” said Pauline.

“My heart just melted when I saw the cats in the newspaper. They looked adorable and reminded us of cats our mum had when she was alive.

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“We also cared for them as they had renal disease and my family didn’t take much persuading that we could rehome these too.”

Amanda added: “It was wonderful when we took the cats to their new home. We took great care not to upset their resident cat Muffin and let them out upstairs in a large bedroom.

“Immediately Felix jumped onto the bed and settled down to receive lots of attention. Mittens hid under the bed, but soon came out to join him!”

If you can provided a loving home for one of the cats being looked after by Barnstaple Cats Protection, visit

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