Meet the BFC - Battersea Brands Hatch take in giant cat

The magic of Roald Dahl has hit Battersea Brands Hatch as a paws-itively giant cat has arrived at their centre weighing in at over 8 kilos and measuring over 3 feet long.  

Twice the size of an average domestic moggie, The Big Friendly Cat (BFC) was aptly named by staff at the Kent rescue centre to mark the release of The BFG film which has hit cinema screens across the country this summer.    

The eight year old giant feline arrived at Battersea as a stray and staff believe he was sadly abandoned by his owners. Like his namesake, this gentle giant is one of the biggest and friendliest chaps to have graced the countryside Cattery. 

Michelle Bevan, Rehoming and Welfare Manager of Battersea Brands Hatch, said: “There’s no doubt that this is one of the biggest cats we’ve ever taken in at our centre. Last year over 250 cats arrived at Battersea Brands Hatch but The BFC is larger than any of them by a mile. He is a domestic long hair but our staff have suspicions that he may also have Maine Coon in him – this breed are renowned for being the largest domesticated breed of cat.  

“The BFC has a personality as big as his friendly self and is a big hit with all our staff and volunteers; they’ve already got him reading the book which inspired his name, The BFG! Our team are currently settling him in and getting him 
com-fur-table in his new surroundings where we’ve had to do some DIY on his cat pen to make sure he has space for his massive moggy needs.   

Michelle continued: “Our charming friendly feline loves to meet and greet everyone he sees and we’ve already discovered his love for string toys and rolling around in catnip. He’ll certainly be looking for a garden in his new home, a rather large cat flap and owners who are prepared to keep his very healthy appetite satisfied. We really hope the magic of this new film release will help our gentle giant find a purrfect new home.”         

If The BFC is lucky enough to catch your eye and you think you can give him the forever home he so deserves please contact 0843 509 4444 or visit battersea.org.uk. 

You can meet cats like the BFC and the countryside canines of Brands Hatch at Battersea’s Summer Mondays throughout the month of August, featuring talks on adopting or fostering a rescue animal. A host of family friendly activities, treasure hunts and opportunities to meet our captivating four legged residents will also be on offer to help keep the little ones entertained during the summer holidays. 


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For more information and images please contact 020 7627 9265 or email press@battersea.org.uk 

Notes to editors  

  • Summer Mondays will be taking place every Monday throughout August between 11-4pm (last entry at 3.30pm) across Battersea’s three centres. Each centre will be running on a different schedule so please check the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home website below for details on your nearest centre www.battersea.org.uk/support-us/events/summer-mondays. 
  • Battersea Brands Hatch was opened in 1999.
  • The Brands Hatch centre typically cares for around 45 dogs and 30 cats at one time.
  • Established in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home aims never to turn away a dog or cat in need of our help.  We reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners through our Lost Dogs & Cats Line or care for them until new homes can be found for them, giving them shelter and the highest standards of kennelling and veterinary care.  
  • Since it was founded, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats. 
  • Battersea cares for an average of 400 dogs and 250 cats across its three centres at any one time. 
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at the charity. 
  • Battersea Dogs & Cats Home receives no central Government funding towards the care of its dogs and cats and relies on the generosity and support of the public to help care for lost and abandoned dogs and cats. To make a donation visit our website or call 020 7627 7883. 
  • For further information on Battersea Dogs & Cats Home please visit www.battersea.org.uk
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