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In the past three years, more than 90,000 cats have been rescued from RSPCA branches and centers as abandoned animals have to fend for themselves on the streets. Many of the kittens are simply thrown away like trash or face the dangerous dangers of the outside world. With the upcoming “kitten season” approaching, the charity is urging potential owners to be careful about making quick decisions about accepting cats as pets and then not coping with them.
The RSPCA appealed after releasing worrying statistics to show cats and kittens have been abandoned at alarming rates over the past three years. In the past year alone, 28,986 animals were taken in by the charity.
Over the next six months, the number of bailouts is expected to increase in line with the number of unwanted litters born, leading to an overpopulation crisis, the charity warns.
Carrie Stones, the RSPCA’s cat population control manager, said today: “With an average of 86 cats coming into our care every day and a peak of abandoned cats reported to us this summer, this clearly shows that the UK is facing a problem with the cat overpopulation crisis so many cats ending up in rescue centers.
“We always urge people to think about the long-term commitment of caring for a cat and avoid making a quick decision about whether to take in a cat or a kitten, for example from family or friends or when buying online.
“Unfortunately we see so many litters of kittens in the summer months that have been disposed of like rubbish because the owners often made this quick decision and can no longer handle it, or the kittens were an unplanned litter and a shock for the owner of the moggy Mother. ”
For all the attraction of having an adorable kitten as a pet, the truth is an effort and a cost.
Ms. Stones continued, “There’s no denying that kittens look cute, but the reality of caring for them can be hard work, time consuming, and costly.
“We and other cat and veterinary organizations believe that the solution to this crisis is to neuter cats four months old before they can conceive and to avoid these unwanted litters.”
Figures released by the RSPCA show that Greater London has the worst number of abortions last year with 2,222, followed by West Midlands with 1,506 cats and West Yorkshire with 1,291.
To highlight the dire situations some kittens are suffering from, the charity has released details of a number of recent rescue operations.
Four black and white kittens were lucky enough to be saved last month after being dumped like rubbish in a cardboard box near bins on Scafell Drive in Birmingham. They weren’t saved until a passer-by spotted the moving box.
Cara Gibbon, RSPCA Animal Officer who looked after the kittens, said, “It’s horrible to think that these kittens were just dumped like trash and left next to some bins. It’s just lucky the lady saw the box they moved in and looked after it enough to investigate. “
Notably, a tiny black kitten left behind in a Costa Coffee is believed to be reunited with its mother and littermates by luck. Staff alerted the RSPCA after the kitten was dumped in a plastic box with some food in the toilet of the cafe in east London but was too young to be away from its mother.
The kitten was given to a newly arrived cat at the RSPCA’s Harmsworth Animal Hospital for foster care along with their own three children. Given the geographic location the litter was found near Woodford Green, staff believe she may be the abandoned kitten’s true mother.
Another mother cat and her litter recently had to be rescued under new escalators at a busy London Underground station. The RSPCA was alerted when the stray black and white moggy, wearing a collar but not wearing a microchip, was spotted in Moorgate with her four newborn kittens. You are now being examined at one of the charity’s animal centers.