The RSPCA rescued more cats than any other animal last year – including 303 in Bedfordshire, as a result of calls to its 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 235 cats were rehomed in Bedfordshire.

To offer an RSPCA rescue cat a new home please visit to find your purr-fect match.

Cats like Tallulah, Miss Molly and Twinkle

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, 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.


Case studies of cats in Bedfordshire

Name:  Tallulah

Age: Seven

Where: RSPCA Bedfordshire North branch

A bit about: She is a lovely, friendly girl who loves a good cat nap!

Why she’s special: Tallulah came in to us after she had been living in a neighbour’s garden because her owner was not around very often to care for her.

Ideal home: She would be happy in most homes as long as she has access to the garden so she can explore as she is an adventurous soul. She may be able to live with another cat.

More information: To find out more about Tallulah visit her page here


Name: Miss Molly

Age: 10

Where: RSPCA Bedfordshire North branch

A bit about: She is a tiny little cat who is very affectionate and acts very young for her age. She is a sprightly little soul!

Why she’s special: Sadly her owner died and she was left at home alone, so Miss Molly is now looking for a nice home (and a comfy lap!) where she can settle down happily.

Ideal home: Miss Molly would prefer to be the only pet in the home, and because she loves company, needs someone who is around most of the day.  She would also need to have access to the outside.

More information: To find out more about Miss Molly visit her page


Name: Twinkle

Age: 4 months

Where: RSPCA Bedfordshire South

A bit about: She is a lovely girl despite not having the best start in life.  She is neutered, chipped and has had her first vaccination.

Why she’s special: She was born outside, and as a result lost one eye.  As she is semi-feral, she is nervous around people but is slowly coming round to being stroked and picked up.

Ideal home: She would make a lovely pet for anyone..

More information: To find out more about Twinkle contact the centre on 07510 390872