Increase in numbers of abandoned and neglected cats

THE SCOTTISH SPCA has reported a surge in unwanted cats and kittens, with 13 homeless felines currently in the care of its Angus, Fife and Tayside Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre.

Sharon Comrie, manager of the centre, said: “Our cattery is operating at close to full capacity and this has been the case for some time. In the past, kittens would be rehomed as soon as they were eight weeks old and ready to leave us but they now remain with us for much longer.

“There simply doesn’t seem to be the same demand for kittens as we’ve seen previously. Some of the cats we have in our care are sick or injured and receiving veterinary treatment and we also have cats who are pregnant and can’t be rehomed until they’ve weaned their kittens.”

Case study from Angus centre: Molly is a quiet cat who was very nervous. She has come on by leaps and bounds and thrives on lots of attention. Molly would be well suited to a quiet home where she can be fussed over and spoiled rotten.

Anyone interested in offering a cat or kitten a home can call the helpline on 03000 999 999 or visit www.scottishspca.org/rehoming