TWO cats from Dorset have started the year with fame after featuring on a calendar and jigsaw puzzle.

The cats have been chosen to grace the pages of the Cats Protection 2024 calendar.

Beau from Christchurch features on the introductory page of the charity's calendar while Teddy from Ferndown stars as Mr January.

Images of both cats have also been used on its first ever 500-piece puzzle which uses all the calendar images.

Beau, five, was adopted by owners Brian and Pam Wadie from the Cats Protection Weymouth branch where he had arrived after living as a stray for some time.

Brian said Beau “blossomed into a fully integrated member of [the] family”, having been quite timid at first.

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Fellow star Teddy, now around eight-years-old, was adopted by Stefanie Lees from Cats Protection’s Ferndown Homing Centre in 2019.

He had been found as a stray with a broken tail as well as feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), which meant he had a lowered immune system and needed to be homed as an indoor-only cat.

Stephanie said adopting Teddy was “the best choice ever made.”

Every calendar and jigsaw sold helps Cats Protection raise much-needed funds for cats and kittens in need of new homes.

Martin Green, designer for the charity, first created the calendar for the charity in 2010.

It has focused on cats rehomed by Cats Protection since 2015 and moved to using owners’ own images in 2020 as a result of the pandemic.

Martin said: “The calendar is always popular, we print around 17,500 each year, and we created a jigsaw of the calendar images for the first time this year to ensure the cats can continue to be admired long after their calendar page has been turned.”