The RSPCA rescued more cats than any other animal last year – including 342 in East Sussex, 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 452 cats were rehomed in East Sussex.
To offer an RSPCA rescue cat a new home please visit www.rspca.org.uk/findapet to find your purr-fect match.
Cats like Ivan, Sam, JoJo, Tiger and Kitty.
Breed: Domestic Shorthair crossbreed
Where: RSPCA Sussex East & Hastings Branch
A bit about: Ivan is a dear old gent who really enjoys human company!
Why he’s special: Ivan was a stray before he came to us and looks like he’s had to fend for himself for some time but he would like nothing more than a cosy home to call his own, and a safe spot to snuggle down. Although he can be shy of head strokes, he does really enjoy a fuss with a calm slow approach, and has quite a purr when his engine gets going, with his feet padding away with happiness!
Ideal home: Because Ivan longs to be the one getting all the attention he would prefer a home where he could be the only cat and have no dogs in the home either – so he can be the only one to get the fuss! This golden oldie would also suit an adult only home.
Age: 3-4 years old approx
Breed: Domestic shorthaired
Where: RSPCA Sussex, Brighton & East Grinstead Branch
A bit about: Shy guy Sam rescued from a multi-cat household this summer.
Why he’s special: Sam is a sweet guy, who needs a new owner that will shower him with love and patience as he gains confidence and continues to come out of his shell. He has taken time to settle in with us, and still spends most of his time in the safety of his pyramid bed. However, he really loves a good chin scratch and ear rub, and rewards your efforts with a lovely purr.
Ideal home: Sam has previously lived with lots of cats, and we think he’d prefer to be on his own now. We think he simply needs a calm home with an experienced owner to help him really blossom. He does spend a bit of time outside, so would like access to at least a small garden. Sam would need to live in an adult only home or one with older children. Sam is up to date on flea & worm treatment and vaccinations, as well as being microchipped and neutered.
Breed: Domestic shorthair
Where: RSPCA Sussex, Brighton & East Grinstead Branch
A bit about: JoJo has spent nearly six months with us, and is very ready to find her new person. Jojo is curious and likes attention, but on her terms. She enjoys a gentle chin & ear scratch. She is in great health and is a tidy, peaceful cat.
Why she’s special: Older cats and black cats spend the longest time in shelters – and JoJo is both of those things! . She arrived at the branch this Spring because her owner unfortunately passed away. We think life in the cattery is often extra confusing to cats whose owner has died
Ideal home: This lovely older lady will need a quiet and calm home, where she can retire in peace and enjoy the company of her new companion. She would like to be the only cat and not live with small children. She’ll probably spend evenings on the sofa with you, but perhaps not on your lap! She enjoys spending some time outside, so access to at least a small garden would be preferable for her. She may be just as happy with a sunny windowsill.
Breed: Domestic shorthair crossbreed
Where: RSPCA Sussex North Branch
A bit about: Pretty Kitty is a sweet girl – a Tabby/Tortie and white sweetheart who is just a little timid. When she is feeling bold enough she is an affectionate cat that loves to be stroked and to play!
Why she’s special: Poor Kitty finds the world a little daunting and is very shy because of this. She likes to hide under things and be left alone until she is ready.
Ideal home: Kitty is a a sweetheart but a nervous girl who will need someone who is happy to be patient with her and give her the time and space she needs to come out of her shell. Kitty would suit a home where she would be the only cat in the household, and no dogs or young children around her. Kitty is litter trained and will use a cat flap when she is comfortable with her surroundings, but she might be better as an indoor cat with an experienced cat owner.
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.