More than 3,000 cats have been neutered and microchipped across Wales as part of a new scheme.

The Wales Cat Neutering and Microchipping Project is being run in partnership by RSPCA Cymru and Cats Protection and aims to encourage cat owners to neuter and microchip their pets.

So far just over 3,000 cats have benefited from the scheme.

Female bilingual posterMore than 140 vets across Wales have signed up to the scheme, which is available to cat owners who are in receipt of benefits or on a low income in Wales. For their cat to be neutered and microchipped the owner will only have to pay £5 – which is a fraction of the cost the procedures would usually be.

RSPCA Cymru’s Regional Operations Manager, Coralie Farren, said: “We’re delighted that in the first few months of this scheme that more than 3,000 cats have benefited.

“We’ve had a great response and we hope it will continue over the next few months. Neutering cats is so important as it can help prevent illnesses and reduce the number of unwanted kittens.

“While microchipping is really important if a cat becomes lost or injured, so they can be identified.”

Neutering Manager for Cat’s Protection, Jane Clements, said: “Neutering is the best thing cat owners can do to protect their cats. It’s a myth that a female cat needs to have a litter of kittens before she is neutered and neutering will also help to prevent cats roaming and fighting. Our collaboration has meant we can help many more cats.”

Those interested in taking part in the scheme can check if they qualify and if there is a vet (that has signed up to the scheme) near them by visiting www.RSPCA.cymru/neutering or by phoning 03000 12 12 12 option 2.

If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message). We are a charity and rely on public donations to exist.

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Notes to Editors:
The scheme only covers the cost of the neutering operation and microchip insertion. Any extra costs or procedures will need to be covered by the owner.
The 3,000 cats benefited from the scheme between February and July.
You should qualify for help if a) you receive a state benefit b) you’re on a low household income or c) you’re a full time student or pensioner.
The phone number is charged at local rates.
VIDEO: For a short video on the scheme please visit our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BShmojfNaQ

Neutering advice
You may have heard that it’s good for cats to have a litter of kittens before they are spayed – but this isn’t true. Once she has been spayed your kitten will be able to do all the things cats enjoy doing, like going starting to explore outdoors, climbing trees and playing.
Your boy cat will need to have a simple operation, called the snip. This can stop him from spraying in your house to mark his territory, which can be very smelly, and getting nasty injuries from fights. He will also be less likely to wander off and get run over, as cats that are snipped tend to stay closer to home.
The operation is very simple. He or she will be given an anaesthetic. Once they are back at home (on the same day) they will need to say in for a short time – the vet will advise – but they will soon be fit and well again.
Neutering has benefits that apply not only to cats but also to dogs and other animals such as rabbits and ferrets.
For more information about cat neutering visit – www.rspca.cymru/neutering