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Living as a cat in Brighton flat

The Argus: Codie Whymark prepares to spend the last weekend of November living as a cat Codie Whymark prepares to spend the last weekend of November living as a cat

Could these be the furriest flatmates in Brighton and Hove?

Cat mad teenager Codie Whymark will live nose to tail with 60 feline friends for three days and nights to raise money for the Lost Cats shelter in Brighton.

To make sure she fits in with the locals, the 19-year-old from Brighton will wear a giant furry suit complete with tail and whiskers.

She will live, sleep and eat in the pen but will be allowed out to use the toilet, rather than the litter trays favoured by her four-legged flatmates.

Codie, who volunteers at the shelter, insisted she was no scaredy-cat and was feline fine about the challenge.

She said: “I’m going to be covered in cats and I don’t mind because I absolutely love them. They’re just so lovable. I know them all and they know me, so it shouldn’t be awkward or anything.”

Furry friends

Codie said the fundraising idea had first been her mother’s, who had said it as a joke.

She said: “I know that it’s not something that happens every day but it does not worry me. I’m just going to be playing with the cats the whole time.

“My friends and family said I was absolutely mad at first but they’re all behind me.”

Codie’s only worry is that she might be cold during the stunt, which will take place on November 23-25. She said: “I might be a bit chilly but at least I’ll have my cat suit and my friends to cuddle up with.”

Ron Ayres, the manager of the cat shelter, said he was “so proud” of Codie for taking on the challenge.

He said: “We are only a small charity so for a youngster to do something like this is amazing.

“The funds are running low so we are trying everything we can. The phone doesn’t stop ringing and people are always coming forward with new cats.

“We really need all the help we can get.”

To donate money call the Lost Cats Shelter on 01273 422721 or visit www.lostcatsbrighton.org.uk.

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12:07pm Mon 12 Nov 12

getThisCoalitionOut says...

What a brilliant fund raising idea - I've made a donation already towards this! Well done to Codie and I hope she doesn't get too cold!
What a brilliant fund raising idea - I've made a donation already towards this! Well done to Codie and I hope she doesn't get too cold! getThisCoalitionOut
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12:39pm Mon 12 Nov 12

spa301 says...

Well done Codie.
Donation made too.
Well done Codie. Donation made too. spa301
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1:57pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Poccypoc says...

Nice she is raising money for a subject she care about, but I have a phobia of cats - I cannot be anywhere near them, and would cross an eight-lane super-highway to avoid them - so this story makes me nervous.
Nice she is raising money for a subject she care about, but I have a phobia of cats - I cannot be anywhere near them, and would cross an eight-lane super-highway to avoid them - so this story makes me nervous. Poccypoc
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2:17pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Crystal Ball says...

Well done to the young lady.
Well done to the young lady. Crystal Ball
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8:54pm Mon 12 Nov 12

sussexram40 says...

Codie is an unusual name.
Codie is an unusual name. sussexram40
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9:15pm Mon 12 Nov 12

mictrix says...

lovely ****
lovely **** mictrix
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9:16pm Mon 12 Nov 12

mictrix says...

mictrix wrote:
lovely ****
**** lol
[quote][p][bold]mictrix[/bold] wrote: lovely ****[/p][/quote]**** lol mictrix
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10:50pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Brighton Bill says...

I love anybody who loves cats, they are such loving animals better than a lot of human beings I know. "Tabby" and "Sooty" send there love and say meow Brighton Bill in Bradford West Yorkshire. Donation on way with purrs.
I love anybody who loves cats, they are such loving animals better than a lot of human beings I know. "Tabby" and "Sooty" send there love and say meow Brighton Bill in Bradford West Yorkshire. Donation on way with purrs. Brighton Bill
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8:20am Tue 13 Nov 12

Juleyanne says...

Come on Argus readers dig deep to help Lost Cats Brighton. The situation with abandoned cats is dire and your help is desperately needed.
Come on Argus readers dig deep to help Lost Cats Brighton. The situation with abandoned cats is dire and your help is desperately needed. Juleyanne
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12:08pm Tue 13 Nov 12

leahlou says...

awesome haha
awesome haha leahlou
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11:08am Wed 14 Nov 12

Nosfaratu says...

I hope she has has her Flea treatment.

About 'Lost Cats'. Cats are never 'Lost' !

They just choose to go somewhere else.
I hope she has has her Flea treatment. About 'Lost Cats'. Cats are never 'Lost' ! They just choose to go somewhere else. Nosfaratu
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9:05am Wed 12 Dec 12

davenachfan says...

I missed this earlier. I support Ron and friends at Lost Cats. Our cat came from this shelter and I remind him that he's a 'found cat' now. I will make a donation this week.
Well done Codie.
I missed this earlier. I support Ron and friends at Lost Cats. Our cat came from this shelter and I remind him that he's a 'found cat' now. I will make a donation this week. Well done Codie. davenachfan
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