The RSPCA rescued more cats than any other animal last year – including 364  in Cambridgeshire, 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 344 cats were rehomed in Cambridgeshire.

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:

Name: Poekie 

Age: Two to three years old

Where: RSPCA Cambridge and District Branch

A bit about: Poekie was picked up as a stray earlier this year and was found with a leg wound. Sadly no one came forward to claim him.

Why he’s special: Poekie is a really friendly fella, who is just looking for a family to call his home. He was found with a leg wound, and this has all healed up and has shown no lasting problems.

Ideal home: Dear Poekie is just eager to find a home he can call his own, he has a lot of love to give.

More information: For more information about Poekie and how to adopt him please visit his page.

Name: Mimi  

Age:  Six weeks old

Where: RSPCA Cambridge and District Branch

A bit about: Sweet little Mimi was found when she was only around four weeks old – she was covered in fleas and had symptoms of flu, and her carers had to encourage her to eat. but thanks to the care of veterinary staff and the branch she has gone from strength to strength and as she feels stronger her little character is shining through. She is currently in foster care and is blossoming.

Why she’s special: It’s not known why Mimi was on her own at such a young age and she was not able to fend for herself. But she’s proven to be a little fighter and we are keen to find her the perfect home where she can be given all the love and affection she deserves.

Ideal home: Although Mimi is on the mend – she will need to be the only cat in her home.

More information: For more information about Mimi   and how to adopt him please visit her page.

 

Name: Poundy 

Age: 11

Where: RSPCA Peterborough and District Branch

A bit about: Poundy is a mature boy and in good health. He’s a lovely boy who is very friendly.

Why he’s special: Poundy has been waiting for his forever family for more than 100 days now and all he wants is a family to call his own.

He’s always there for a cuddle and he will just enjoy a lap to lay on or a warm window sill to sun himself. He is a very laid back boy, he loves his food and treats. He will follow a toy and play a little. He loves a brush too.

Ideal home: Poundy would be best suited to a home where he is the only cat.

More information: To find out more please visit the branch’s website for details of how to get in touch.

 

Name: Jemima  

Age: 10

Where: RSPCA Peterborough and District Branch

A bit about: Jemima is the sweetest little cat who has a lot of love to give. She’s very loving and we are hoping we can find her perfect home.

Why she’s special: Jemima is a sweet girl who loves nothing more than having a good fuss and enjoys playing with her toys. She is a very laid back little lady.

Ideal home: Jemima does get on with other cats and she’s just looking for an owner to call her own.

More information: To find out more please visit the branch’s website for details of how to get in touch.

Name: Harry

Breed: Domestic Longhair crossbreed

Colour: Tortoiseshell and white

Where: RSPCA Cambridgeshire Mid East Branch

Age: 10 years

Sex: Male

A bit about: He is a little bit temperamental depending on his mood,  but he is affectionate on his own terms and when he would like a stroke -  he will allow some grooming.

Why he’s so special: Harry was abandoned. It has taken quite a while for him to feel better and to be comfortable with us.

Ideal home: He needs new owners who are experienced with temperamental cats, who will be patient with him and allow him to come to them. He needs people who are at home a lot, with no children or other pets.

More information: For more information about Harry visit his page on find a pet or contact: 01487 824501

Name: Sooty 

Breed: Domestic Longhair crossbreed

Colour: Black

Where: RSPCA Cambridgeshire Mid East Branch

Age: Five

Sex: female

A bit about: Sooty is a pretty little cat. She is black with just a little bit of white on her chest. She has come from a multi-cat household.

Why she’s so special: She is independent-minded, and is not keen on being petted or groomed, possibly because she was unused to receiving such attention in a house where there were several cats to be cared for.

Ideal home: We feel Sooty will be best if she can settle into an adult-only home with no other pets. She needs a home with people who are experienced with cats who can help her get used over time to being a loved pet. Once she has settled well and feels happy in her new home she will like to go out into a garden.

More information: For more information about Sooty visit her page on find a pet or contact: 01487 824501

Name: Jet

Age:12

Where: RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre, Cambridgeshire

A bit about: Jet came to the RSPCA through its Home for Life scheme, and he has been there since April. He’s an older boy and sadly everyone just seems to pass him by.

Why he’s so special: Poor Jet does have a heart murmur, but this doesn’t bother him a moment, but may do in the future – however centre staff are happy to chat through details of his condition  with anyone interested in adopting him.

Jet is friendly, but a sensitive soul and just likes to do his own thing, which can be snoozing or watching the world go by.

Ideal home: As he is an older boy he is looking for a home with no children and no other pets. This is so he is able to be given time to settle in to his new environment. Also he would like a home where he has outside access to explore. Jet really just needs a nice quiet home where he can live out his retirement with love and lots of fuss.

More information: To find out more about Jet please visit his page on find a pet.

Name: Fifi 

Age: 3

Where: RSPCA Block Fen Animal Centre, Cambridgeshire 

A bit about: Fifi came into the centre due to his owner having a change in circumstance. He is a very sweet boy who has a very affectionate and has a loving nature. He appears shy to begin with, but once you have spent time with him, he is a joy to be around.

Why he’s so special: Fifi has experienced some problems with lameness in his front legs, if you are interested in adopting him this is something that would need to be discussed with our vet. Fifi is all about the headbutting and loud purrs. He loves having a fuss! If you stop, he soon tells you to carry on by headbutting your arm. Fifi may be shy at the start but he soon becomes very loving and sweet very quickly.

Ideal home: Fifi would be happier to be the only cat in a home, so he can have all of the attention to himself. As Fifi is such a friendly chap we feel that he would be able to live with older children, as he is still worried little boy. He would need outside access as he does enjoy being outside.

More information: To find out more about  Fifi  please visit his page on find a pet.

 

Name: Polly 

Breed: Domestic shorthair

Colour: Black

Where: RSPCA Cambridgeshire Mid East Branch

Age: Nine

Sex: female

A bit about: She has changed since she has been with the branch and has bonded with one of the staff so we know she will bond in a new home. She does quite like to be around people and she can be affectionate, although she will let you know when she’s had enough.

Why she’s so special: Polly was found abandoned. She had been microchipped abroad and we don’t know how she arrived in this country.

Ideal home: To continue her settling and getting used to being a loved pet she will need patient new owners. She likes to do her own thing, and to go in and out of the secure garden we have here. A cat flap and a rural home with caring new owners would be ideal for her. She will need to settle in her new home before she goes out.

More information: For more information about Polly visit her page on find a pet or contact: 01487 824501

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.