The RSPCA warns of tough times ahead as an increasing number of cats and kittens are abandoned amid the coronavirus pandemic. The message Stay Indoors is not just for humans.
By, 29 May 2020
Yesterday the RSPCA revealed it had received 324 cats and kittens since the UK was locked down. A spokesperson estimates the charity is already looking after 1,000 felines.
The rise is said to be due to the inability of owners to visit vets in order to have their animals neutered.
In recent guidance, the UK Government stated that all veterinary practices can remain open to provide emergency care. However, most routine operations and check ups are not possible.
Until things return to normal, the Society urges cat owners to heed the advice of vets and government. Owners of intact female cats should not allow their cats out unless they are willing to take responsibility for any ensuing litter.
A further increase in the numbers of stray cats and kittens admitted to shelters could see many charities and shelters at breaking point, and forced to turn away new arrivals.
With the lockdown tentatively easing, it may soon become less problematic to arrange a neutering. In the meantime, owners are urged to act responsibly.