The RSPCA rescued more cats than any other animal last year – including 261 in Suffolk, 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 raising 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 356 cats were rehomed in Suffolk
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 Martlesham Animal Centre
A bit about: Poor little Lady is the longest stay cat at the animal centre and has been looking for a home since January 2018. Unfortunately Lady had a short period of time in a home which didn’t quite work out for her due to not getting on with her feline companion.
Why she’s so special: In the home Lady is known for being sweet, affectionate and playful! When first in the centre poor Lady had sore skin to contend with as well as a new environment but since being on her special allergy sensitive food her skin has been wonderful! Lady deserves the chance to show her new family how much she can love, play and enjoy life once she’s settled into a home she can call her own.
Ideal home: Lady would prefer to be the only cat in the home.
More information: If you think you can offer Lady her forever home please visit her find a pet page via the link.
Where: RSPCA Mid Norfolk & North Suffolk Branch
A bit about: Alf and Finn are both brothers who were rescued by the branch when they were 10 weeks old and were found in a garden with their stray mum.
Why they are so special: The pair are extremely nervous of humans so don’t like to be handled or get too close to people, however they are unable to completely fend for themselves, so would need some form of shelter and some food putting down for them.
Ideal home: Alf and Finn must be rehomed together as they’ve never spent a day apart from each other. They can be rehomed to an outbuilding or barn as they really don’t like too much human interaction, but would they would love to have a farm or small holding to play on and investigate a large rural area. The RSPCA is hoping that there is someone who will have some room in their heart and some land for the pair to live out their best lives.
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.