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App is 'purrfect' way to create cat CV

By Alan Beresford

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A NEW online tool is aiming to help cat lovers persuade their landlords to allow them to have a feline friend.

Caroline Sherlock and her cat Susie.
Caroline Sherlock and her cat Susie.

The Cat CV has been created by Cats Protection after it was estimated that one million households across the UK would like to have a cat, but can’t due to the fact they are in a rental property.

Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy and Government Relations Jacqui Cuff said: “During the past year, we’ve heard countless stories from owners about how important their cat has been.

"People tell us their cats have provided comfort in worrying times, a playful companion for children as they home school, and helped reduce stress while getting to grips with working from home.

“But very sadly, many people have been denied the simple pleasure of owning a cat, simply because they rent rather than own their home. Now more than ever, we all deserve the chance to own a pet cat, and it is heart-breaking that so many people are not able to.

“Cats rarely cause problems in rented homes, but our Cat CV can help reassure landlords who may be nervous about allowing them. We hope it will help more renters find a happy cat-friendly home where they can feel settled.”

The charity’s Purrfect Landlords CV tool is available to download for free, and helps owners create a summary to show their cat is responsibly owned and well cared-for. Owners can also include references from previous landlords to confirm their cat has not caused any problems.

Caroline Sherlock created a CV for her three rescue cats – Susie, Tia Maria, and Sadie – when she was looking for a short-term rental while her own home was being renovated in Horsham, Sussex.

She said: "I wanted to rent a property for just a few months, but it was so hard to find properties that allowed cats.

’There were lots of adverts for rented properties on websites, but when I ticked the 'allows pets' filter, I was left with barely any. I spent hours and hours searching and it was a very stressful experience.

"I found the Cats Protection Pet CV template and drafted one for the three cats, including details of their microchips, flea and worming treatment and their background. Then when I found a property I liked, even though it didn't mention allowing pets, I sent it to the letting agent.

"He thought it was a great idea and I think it really tipped the balance in my favour as it showed I was a responsible cat owner. I got the property and my cats didn't cause any problems.

"Cats are fantastic pets, and mine bring me so much happiness and companionship. It's tragic that so many people can't have a cat because they live in rented housing, especially during these difficult days when we're all at home and missing family, friends and work colleagues.

"I really hope the Cat CV will help more people find a suitable rented housing and help landlords take a more open-minded view towards allowing cats."

For more information about Cats Protection’s Purrfect Landlords campaign and to download an example Cat CV, please visit www.cats.org.uk/what-we-do/campaigning/purrfectlandlords

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