The West Midland city boasts a swelling ex-pet community that reflects rising numbers of abandoned cats around the country.
‘Hard work, time consuming and costly’
The RSPCA began counting abandoned cats in the West Midlands in 2016, when 1,405 of the critters were rejected in the region. That number rose to 1,596 in 2018.
The animals are either deposited in boxes or bags, or their owners move out of their homes without taking their cats with them – a somewhat desperate means of escape.
Unfortunately, a cat’s actual behaviour is rarely as cute as its appearance as a kitten. When first-time owners discover they are expensive, sometimes effusive, and spread disease, they soon tire of the ‘company’ of these loveless beasts.
In the meantime, full-grown unspayed cats are out in the alleys and gardens of Albion, noisily ‘at it’ and producing untold kittens.
“With an average of 86 cats coming into our care every day and a peak in the number of abandoned cats reported to us in summer this clearly highlights that the UK is facing a cat overpopulation crisis with so many cats ending up in rescue centres,” says RSPCA Cat Population Control Manager Carrie Stones in the Birmingham Mail.
“We would always urge people to think about the long-term commitment that caring for a cat entails and avoid making a snap decision about whether to take on a cat or kitten, for example from family or friends or buying online.
“There is no denying that kittens look cute but the reality of caring for them can be hard work, time consuming and costly.”
A whopping 19,233 cats were dumped in England last year, with another 9,000 sick strays and neglected pet cats eating up resources in RSPCA centres.
The plague of cats, particularly of the unwanted variety, across our fair isle, has put humans in the strange position of needing to reduce their number for their own good.
“We, and other cat and vet organisations, believe the solution to this crisis is to neuter cats from four months old before they can become pregnant and therefore avoiding these unwanted litters,” says Stones.
?? Littleun and Doody are looking for a home to retire in this #NationalSiblingsDay! The fifteen year old brother and sister came into our care together when their owner sadly passed away :( They both love a lap or two to snooze on! #FindEachOther here: https://t.co/ocrOtbEv9d pic.twitter.com/t4YeZDOItb— RSPCA (England & Wales) (@RSPCA_official) April 10, 2019