The variety of pet cats given up for rehoming resulting from monetary points from January to Might 2023 elevated by almost 50% in comparison with the identical interval final yr, in line with the charity Cats Safety.
And as the price of dwelling disaster continues to take maintain, the charity says it’s seeing an increase in individuals from each low-income and well-off households giving up their cats resulting from larger prices.
Cats Safety Head of Subject Operations Peter Shergold mentioned: “We are actually frequently listening to from struggling homeowners who’ve needed to make the heartbreaking resolution to surrender their cat as a result of they will not afford the prices of their care. For many individuals, cats are a part of the household, so it’s naturally very tough to be going through such an upsetting scenario.
“Households stay the biggest group citing monetary causes for giving up their cats, however we’re additionally seeing a rise in older individuals and pensioners discovering themselves on this place. Our analysis has been exhibiting us that it’s each low-income households and those that would have beforehand been described as well-off who’re struggling financially to maintain their cats.
“We’ve been working laborious to assist homeowners throughout the price of dwelling disaster and have arrange a web-based hub the place homeowners can discover a number of info and assist. We’re doing every part we are able to to assist extra homeowners hold their cats, and we’re grateful for the various animal lovers who’ve been supporting this work by making a donation.”
In addition to together with hints and recommendations on protecting cat care prices down, Cats Safety’s on-line hub additionally consists of particulars of the charity’s Neighborhood Kitty scheme. The scheme works with meals banks and neighborhood companions to offer cat meals to homeowners fighting prices. Cats Safety can be a part of the Nationwide Pet Meals Partnership, a coalition of charities working with Fareshare and Petplan to redistribute pet meals to these most in want.
There are additionally particulars of different companies and organisations which might provide to assist to cat homeowners, in addition to particulars of Cats Safety’s free and low-cost neutering schemes.
Peter added: “In addition to providing assist and recommendation, the hub additionally consists of particulars of how the general public will help by donating cat meals to our Neighborhood Kitty scheme, in the event that they’re able to take action.”
Cats Safety is the UK’s main feline welfare charity and has helped a median of 157,000 cats and kittens a yr over the past 5 years via its nationwide community which incorporates round 210 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres.