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Alarming UK kitten crisis as charity warns it rescues three unwanted cats every hour

Thousands of unwanted kittens are abandoned in the UK cat-sad
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The RSPCA reports a kitten crisis in Britain, as thousands of cats are being dumped just like rubbish on the streets.

By Dawn Parrish

Published on the 19/04/2019, 16:30, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:47

UK reports shocking figures

Over the last three years, more than 90,000 felines have been rescued by RSPCA shelters and centres in the UK. Many of the kittens are left to fend for themselves on the streets, as uncaring owners literally “throw them away”! The charity revealed the alarming figures that in the last year alone, 28,986 animals were taken in or rescued.

Owners under-estimate the long-term commitment

Campaigners are alerting pet owners that they need to be aware of the long-term commitment needed when caring for a kitten, which can also be quite costly, time consuming and also hard work. This terrible kitten crisis means that cats are being abandoned on the streets in bags or cardboard boxes, or even left alone in the home when their owner’s move out.

Numbers of unwanted cats expected to rise even higher

A feline overpopulation crisis in the UK is expected over the next 6-month period, as more litters of kittens are born.  Signs that the nation is on the brink of a kitty welfare situation are being seen by animal campaigners as three unwanted cats are being rescued every hour! Already, the RSPCA and other cat rescue shelters are struggling to cope with the enormous influx of kittens and older cats coming through their doors.

UK kitten crisis means that thousands of cats are rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed

Many of the felines that are rescued and taken into care are unique. The majority of them have been rescued after being abandoned on the streets, or through cruelty or neglect. Cat welfare campaigners often struggle to find homes for them all and they are constantly searching for foster carers, or families ready to adopt a loveable kitten.

The RSPCA are urging would-be kitten adopters not to make a snap decision about taking on a cat, or a dog for that matter. They advise not to buy pets online and don’t accept offers of animals from friends or family. Caring for a pet involves a long-term commitment.

If you are certain that you have the time, dedication, funds and resources to rehome one of these abandoned kittens, please contact the RSPCA.


Kittens and kittens and even more kittens! Kitten season is upon us......

Posted by RSPCA Middlesex North West & South Herts on Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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