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The amount of homeless cats in the United Kingdom has reached “crisis point” according to the RSPCA which is calling for veterinary practices to promote the neutering of kittens at four months of age.
In a new report, Tackling the Cat Crisis, which has been launched at the BSAVA congress, the RSPCA reveals it is taking in more cats than ever before – and that fewer people are adopting them.
In 2010, the organisation took in 29,269 cats – that figure grew by nearly eight per cent in two years, with the RSPCA taking in 31,556 felines in 2012.
During the same period the number of cats being rehomed decreased by around 10 per cent – 33,151 cats were rehomed in 2010, compared to 29,556 in 2012.
The RSPCA is full to capacity and at the end of 2013 had to rely on private boarding to home 30 per cent of the unwanted and abandoned cats in its care.
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