The RSPCA rescued more cats than any other animal last year – including 360  in Norfolk, 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 624 cats were rehomed in Norfolk.

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

Cats like these:


Name: Midnight 

Where: RSPCA Eau Brink Rehoming Centre

A bit about: Midnight has really come along leaps and bounds in the past month, he no longer hides away and now enjoys being out and about exploring. Certainly the way to this shy guy’s heart is definitely through his stomach, Midnight loves food and treats and with a little time and patience he will hopefully soon appreciate affection from people.

 Why he’s special: Midnight is an adult cat who arrived with us after he was abandoned. Sadly Midnight is finding life in the cattery a little daunting at the moment and prefers to remain hidden away. If you are lucky, he ventures out to the front of his pen and you can catch a glimpse of his beautiful fluffy tail.

Ideal home: Midnight requires a quiet adult home where he can settle at his own pace.He could live with other cats.

Midnight has been neutered since coming into our care, he is also chipped and has started his course of vaccinations.

More information: For more information about Midnight please visit his page here.

Name: Smudge 

Where: RSPCA Eau Brink Rehoming Centre

Age: 12

A bit about: Smudge is a loving and gentle soul who finds himself looking for a new forever home.

 Why he’s special: His previous owner sadly passed away and at 12 years old Smudge is feeling a little bewildered at the moment.

Ideal home: Smudge is a real sweetheart, he is super fussy and friendly. He would best suit a home where he can enjoy relaxing naps in relative peace and quiet and it would be wonderful if he could find a new home as soon as possible. Smudge was already neutered prior to coming into our care, he is microchipped and has restarted his course of vaccinations.

More information: For more information about Smudge please visit his page here.

Name: Alf and Finn 

Age: One

Where: RSPCA Mid Norfolk & North Suffolk Branch

A bit about:  Alf and Finn are brothers who were rescued by the branch when they were 10 weeks old they 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 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.

More information: Please visit the links attached to find out more about  Alf and Finn.

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.