What do we want? Mice! When do we want them? Miaow! Cat-loving knitters urged to make bedding and toys at Battersea charity craft club

The world’s first interspecies knitting club will take place at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home next week where crafty animal lovers can spend quality time with feline friends and create don-knit-tions for the charity’s moggies.

The famous rescue centre is inviting crafty critters to the Knitting Kittens Club in the charity’s London cattery on October 15 to make blankets, toys and knitted mice in the company of Battersea cats.

The donations will be used to keep the 250 felines still looking for new homes across its three centres warm and entertained over the long winter months.

SuiLi Weight, Battersea’s Cattery Team Leader, said: “Battersea’s cattery is so excited to launch the world’s first interspecies knitting club, where people can knit donations for our cats and see the feline residents that will benefit from their skill and generosity.

“Our cats greatly appreciate their donated blankets and knitted mice to play with in their pens while they wait for a new home.

“We hope knitters of all abilities, including complete beginners who will be shown the ropes, will join the fun and relaxed group for people who enjoy the company of cats.

“ We have a lot of supporters who like to knit and thought this would be a great way to bring everyone together under one roof to share a mutual love of knitting and kitties.”

The monthly Knitting Kittens club will run from 5pm to 8pm, and knitters are asked to bring their own needles and wool, but will be provided with patterns and lessons for beginners. There will be a suggested £2 entry donation.

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