Except for trying to catch an occasional fly, there’s nothing much a cat can do, in an adoption centre, while waiting for a new home, so Apollo has been passing the time teaching himself to sit on two steps and sleep with his head on a third.
He showed me this party trick twice when I was with him. Quite unusual but it keeps him occupied - maybe your cat, too, has an unusual sleeping position.
Apollo is a chunky five-year-old boy who was found as a stray.
He likes to be the centre of attention and loves to head butt.
He would suit a family with older teenage children or an adult household as he can panic if he’s approached too forcefully.
If you would like a head butt from Apollo, make contact at the RSPCA Cat Adoption Centre, Burket Close, Southall.
Capturing the personality of an animal is one of the categories in this year’s RSPCA Young Photographer Awards. The aim of the competition is to encourage young people’s interest in photography and their appreciation of the animals around them. There are six main categories: under 12 years, 12-15 years, 16-18 years, portfolio, farm animals and pet personalities. The Awards are open only to people aged 18 years or younger. Details are available at rspca.org.uk including ideas to consider when taking the photo. Judges include Chris Packham.
You could take some good photos, possibly including well-known faces, at this year’s Mayhew Animal Home’s fun day out in Hyde Park. Called Hyde Bark, there will be a celebrity-judged dog show with celebrities attending including Blackadder’s Tony Robinson, Margaret Mountford (from the Apprentice), Bill Oddie, Sue Jameson and actor husband James Bolam, Marc Abraham and Aby King. There will also be pet behaviour advice and a sponsored dog walk round the Serpentine. This amazing day out takes place in the Cockpit area of Hyde Park on Sunday July 5 (10am -5pm).