The RSPCA rescued more cats than any other animal last year – including 2,350 in Greater London, as a result of calls to it’s national cruelty line.
As the charity enters Cat Week as part of its month-long rehoming drive Adoptober, it reveals RSPCA inspectors rescued the equivalent of more than 60 cats per day – or 22,000 over the whole year.
This is more than any other animal nationally and is four times the number of dogs (5,930).
Cat welfare expert Alice Potter said: “Sadly we do know that cats are an extremely misunderstood pet and can often find themselves the victims of poor care.
“Our inspectorate is getting calls every day from worried members of the public reporting the cruelty of these animals – and the number of cats we are rescuing is equivalent to 60 per day which is far too high.
“Cats can become victims of air gun attacks as well as poisonings both accidental and deliberate, just like dogs they can also become victims of over breeding and over population.
“We know that the answer to a lot of the problems relating to cats in this country is raising the rates of neutering which in turn will lead to fewer unwanted animals coming into our centres and branches.
“We are calling for cat owners to neuter their cats at around 4 months old, rather than 6 months, which can greatly reduce the risk of them getting pregnant and owners being stuck with an unwanted litter.
“If you are thinking of taking on an animal we would always urge people to look into adopting a rescue pet, as our centres are full of loving cats of all shapes and sizes looking for forever homes.”
This month the RSPCA launched a campaign for ‘Adoptober’ and is dedicating the month of October to raise awareness of it’s vital work finding homes for animals most in need and this week (14-20 October) is dedicated to cats.
In 2018, the RSPCA managed to find new homes for 23,893 cats – more than 450 every single week. A total of 1,786 cats were rehomed in Greater London.
To offer an RSPCA rescue cat a new home please visit www.rspca.org.uk/findapet to find your purr-fect match.
Cats like these:
Where: RSPCA London East Branch
A bit about: Ivory is a beautiful large female tortie and white cat, who is very loving once she knows she can trust you.
Why she’s special: She is very playful and very noisy and she will activity hunt for her toys. She is independent and likes things to be her way.
Ideal home: She needs an experienced owner with patience, time and space who is willing to work with her little quirks. Ivory’s favourite spot is to be on top of a door (pictured) and she has never been outside before, so we need an extra safe garden for her to explore. Ivory would ideally be best suited to a home with no other cats or children.
More information: To find out more about Ivory please visit on her page.
Name: Charlie Boy
Where: RSPCA Friern Barnet Adoption Centre
A bit about: Charlie came to the branch after sadly being hit by a car. He had injuries to his face and body, a fractured pelvis and a badly dislocated hip. Unfortunately his hip did not heal and was causing him a huge amount of discomfort, so he had to have his right back leg removed. Charlie has recovered well from this and is now a super happy boy who is getting around just great on three legs!
Why he’s special: Charlie is a sweet boy who has been through a tough time but it hasn’t changed his lovely nature. He is very affectionate, loving and often greets his fosterers in the morning by booping noses. He loves to nap whilst snuggling against them. Charlie enjoys being around people for playtime and attention, but also likes a bit of alone time so he is happy to chill out at home while his fosterers are at work. As Charlie has recovered, he has grown in confidence so we have now seen how playful he is! He enjoys chasing his toys, insects that fly too close and dangling cat toys.
Ideal Home: Charlie is looking for a home where he has plenty to do, can get lots of cuddles and has a garden to explore that is away from busy roads. He will be okay to live with children of a secondary school age who are used to cats as Charlie can sometimes get over excited at play times. We think Charlie Boy would prefer not to live with a dog. Charlie has shown lots of interest in going outside in his foster home, so a home with a safe garden and away from busy roads is a must!
More information: To find out more please visit Charlie Boy’s page and download an application form.
Age: Bam (15) Chester, Freddie and Benjie (4)
Where: RSPCA Balham & Tooting Branch
A bit about: Bam (pictured), Chester, Freddie and Benjie are four sweet, gentle boys who are looking to be rehomed in pairs.
Bam is an older gentleman who has formed a bond with the three brothers Chester, Freddie and Benjie and therefore ideally we are looking to rehome them as two pairs or even better all together. They are all friendly, with Bam being the most outgoing of the group and showing the younger boys what’s what. Bam deserves a really special home to live out his final years where he can snuggle up on a comfy lap and be part of a loving family. Ban is a very friendly fellow who loves a cuddle and a good purr. He is also very outgoing and has done a good job of looking after the younger boys, who all have gorgeous temperaments. The three brothers are a little shy around new people at first, but once they get to know you they are very friendly and their lovely personalities shine through.
Why they are so special: Bam, Chester, Freddie and Benjie sadly came to the RSPCA after their owner sadly passed away. They have been looking for their new home for a while now.
Ideal Home: All four boys are very close and so we are looking to rehome them in pairs (or even all together if we can find the perfect home for them). We would love to see these handsome boys settled with a new family who can enjoy all the fun and love they have to give.
Age: 11 years old
Where: RSPCA Southall Cattery
A bit about: Tabitha loves to feel special and adores attention, but she does like things to be on her terms. She will rub up against you, and enjoy chin and head rubs, as long as you give her the space she needs. She doesn’t like to feel too crowded. She’s the sort of girl that likes to come to you when she craves affection, and responds best when this is respected. Tabitha prefers to have all of her strokes focused on her head area and isn’t too keen on back strokes.
Why she’s special: Tabitha is a beautiful half Abyssinian girl who dreams of finding a forever home where she can be treated like the princess she believes she is.
Ideal Home: Tabitha needs a family who will really take the time to learn what makes her happy and who will be willing to accept that she can be a bit highly-strung at times. Tabitha is one of the cattery’s longest-stayers.
More information: If you are interested in offering a home to sweet Tabitha please find out more from her page here.
Name: Bagheera and Balou
Age: Mother and son – 14 months and four months old
Where: RSPCA Finchley, Golders Green, Hendon & District Branch
A bit about: The pair have been with the branch since August; they are a mother and son who were found abandoned in a cat carrier.
Why they are so special: Both mother and son are striking to look at and have the most adorable personalities and they are inseparable. Both are youngsters, Mummy Bagheera is beautiful, and she likes her head stroked gently and loves a little rub of her cheeks. Balou shows a lot of curiosity and has a sweet playful side to him. They have been described by cattery staff as “really big sweethearts”.
Both need a little patience at first, but when given the time to approach, their friendliness shines through.
Ideal home: They are inseparable so would need to be homed together.
More information: If you are interested in offering a home to Bagheera and Balou please visit their page.
Age: Six to 12 months
Where: RSPCA Central, West & North East London Branch
A bit about: Rumba did not had a brilliant start in life as he was found abandoned in a house with no food and water. He were severely underweight with his ribs showing and was riddled with fleas and worms.
Why he is so special: At first, Rumba was a shy kitten, and was placed in a foster home where he was able to build his confidence. After a few months, he has become a very healthy young cat who enjoys company, cuddles and lots of playing.
More information: If you think you can offer a home to Rumba, please follow the link to his f page.
One of the benefits of adopting a cat from the RSPCA means they are already neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. You could also take advantage of four weeks’ free RSPCA Pet insurance*. What’s more, if you decide to take out a full RSPCA Pet insurance policy once this has expired, you will also be supporting other rescue pets as 15% of the premium you pay goes towards helping animals in need.
If you’re not in a position to give a pet a home this October, you can still help thousands of animals in our care by donating at www.rspca.org.uk/donateadoptober, sponsoring a dog kennel or cat pod for just £1.50 a week, or showing your support for rescue pets with one of our RSPCA T-shirts. Find out how to support the work of your local RSPCA here.