RSPCA: Warnings of a cat call-out crisis

RSPCA: Warnings of a cat call-out crisis

Published at 5:46am 8th August 2019. (Updated at 6:01am 8th August 2019)

It's International Cat Day and the RSCPA is highlighting just how many calls it gets about our furry felines.

Figures show that in Hampshire 3,298 calls were made to the animal charity about cats last year - there were 1,472 in Wiltshire.

Across England and Wales as a whole, the RSCPA received more than 100,000 calls and rescues more cats than any other animal whether this is moggies stuck in tight spots, to cats that have been abandoned or neglected and abused.

Alice Potter, RSPCA's cat welfare expert said: 

"It's sad to see that we have received so many calls about cats in need. 

Cats end up needing our help for a variety of reasons, for example their natural curiosity can mean they need rescuing when they get into scrapes and tricky situations.

There are also some real issues that we see time and again including cats and kittens being abandoned, cats having unplanned and unwanted pregnancies due to a lack of neutering and multi-cat households where breeding has sadly become out of control."

HAPPY CAT?

On International Cat Day the RSPCA has given us some tips for understanding cat behaviour, and checking how happy they are:

  • Cats who are feeling anxious or fearful often like to hide away - this can help them cope better. Always ensure your cat has lots of cosy hiding places around the house.
  • A cat who is feeling friendly and happy to meet you will approach with their tail held upright with the tip of the tail curved. Most cats prefer to initiate any interaction so give them time to come to you.
  • Rolling over onto their back and showing their tummy can be a sign your cat feels comfortable and safe around you. This is not however, an invitation to rub their belly! Most cats do not enjoy a belly rub and may react defensively. Instead, you may like to give them a gentle stroke on their head or cheeks.
  • Look out for any changes in your cats usual behaviour, for example changes to their eating toileting or sleeping habits - any change may indicate that something isn't right and you may need to seek advice from your vet.  

You can find more tips, and cat advice, on the RSPCA website.

LOCAL CAT WATCH

If you do see a cat that needs help, then Amesbury woman, Marnie Buckland may be able to help.

She's set up Cat Watch Wilts & Hants - helping worried owners find their lost cats, or taking in felines that don't have a home.

Marnie is now fundraising to set up a new cat shelter to help even more moggies.

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