Queen Latifa certainly didn’t start life in the lap of luxury. No royal palace for her. Abandoned when her owner was evicted, she was left to fend for herself. After three months of living rough, she was found with jaw injuries probably caused by a road accident and the RSPCA was contacted to help her.

Despite what she has been through, this young cat is a total delight. Described by staff as "so lovely", when I met her she rushed to the front of her cabin to say "hello". Then, when she spied me going into her cabin through the back door, she sped through to greet me. Whoever homes her, will have a wonderful cat. If you would like to share your home with this regal companion, go and meet her at the RSPCA Cat Adoption Centre, Burket Close, Southall UB2 4JS or call 0300 1230746. You can also see her on the Centre’s Christmas video below.

 

As usual in December, the Adoption Centre has lots of real Christmas trees for sale in the car park with a donation from each sale going to the cats.

For the third year,The Mayhew Animal Home is inviting us to attend Tinsel and Tails, their fabulous evening of Christmas glamour and fun, only this time, it promises to be even glitzier. There will be a buffet meal and entertainment and a luxury auction and raffle with fantastic prizes to be won. Celebrities attending include Bill Bailey, Peter Egan, Sylvia Syms, Beatie Edney and Wendy Turner-Webster. The festivities take place on December 16 (6.30-10.30pm) at St Paul’s Church, Hammersmith W6 9PJ. Tickets £30 from themayhew.org.

 

Finally, here’s an idea for a present to give people who like reading. Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has just launched their new book “Christmas at Battersea: True Stories of Miracles and Hope”. It costs £6.99 from major retailers with royalties going to Battersea.