We start this month with great news!

BOB, who was our ‘cat of the month’ in the last issue was rehomed within a few days of publication. He is now living happily in the North of the County and his new owners say that he has settled in very well.

Our ‘stars’ this month are three kittens from West Cumbria, approximately eight-weeks old. They are two male and one female, and they are tabby and tabby and white. The mother is feral, but the kittens are semi-feral. They have been with us for a week now and will ‘tame’ down very quickly with the regular handling that they will receive from us.

We also have five kittens, black/black and white and tabby ready in about six weeks.

We’ve had such a busy summer with people booking to visit our alpacas. We only started doing this in 2017 after friends and family suggested it. We love talking alpaca (you’d guessed that right?) and it’s proved to be incredibly rewarding sharing our passion for these curious, cuddly beasts.

Black and black and white kittens are always the most difficult to rehome. For some reason, people always want tabby and ginger cats. Please remember, it’s the temperament, not the colour of the cat itself and how you treat them, that will influence the life that you will have.

Give them the love and they will return it. OUR LONGEST STAYERS Milly Black and white female, approx. 5 years old Lilly

Beechy Black, fluffy, neutered male, approx. 18 months old

Micky Black and white neutered male, approx. 7/8 years old

Suzy Black fluffy female, approx. 3-4 years old Rosie 1 Black and white spayed female, 4 years old Rosie 2 Black spayed female, 5 years old Boo-Boo Ginger smooth-haired, 10 years old

Whisper Black long-haired female kitten, approx. 4 months old

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We get asked all kinds of questions, which isn’t too surprising as they haven’t been around in the UK for that long and certainly not with the popularity they have now. Who would have imagined they would be on TV, in adverts and that you could buy everything ‘alpaca’ from bedding, to lightshades and even a life-size model for the garden – though it doesn’t munch grass like the real thing!

Tabby and white female, approx. 4 years old

We’re spending more time out and about with the alpacas, visiting care homes and schools and all kinds of different events and our Alpaca Experiences at home attract all kinds of visitors. We have grown- ups ring and ask if it’s okay to come, even though they aren’t bringing any children. The answer is always yes – alpacas are for everyone of all ages, all abilities.

The alpacas are especially brilliant with vulnerable people. We’ve had some

amazing experiences with adults who have conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s, old and young who have lost their sight or have other physical disabilities. The reactions you get from a young person with autism can be amazing and the alpaca’s reactions to them are delightful too. The alpacas encourage even the quietest person to talk and engage, to smile, to laugh and ask questions.

We maintain that there’s no such thing as a daft question when it comes to alpacas. We often get asked how long alpacas can live for? Around 25 years. How long they are pregnant for? On average around 11 and a half months. We also get asked what breed of dog are they? Not a dog. Are they related to giraffes/ostriches/kangaroos? No, llamas and camels. Do they eat apples? Sometimes but ours aren’t very interested in fruit. Our favourite question so far though was: “Do alpacas lay eggs?” The answer sadly was no, they don’t. It was hard not to smile at that question but then when you’re around alpacas you smile all the time, so we got away with it!

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