Call for cat neutering as charities ‘struggle to cope’

Sooty is another cat in the care of RSPCA Lincolnshire looking for a new home EMN-160111-100557001
Sooty is another cat in the care of RSPCA Lincolnshire looking for a new home EMN-160111-100557001

The East Lincolnshire branch of the RSPCA is calling for the public to help bring the feline population under control by neutering their cats.

The branch is full of felines and is struggling for space, with too many cats in its care.

Pumpkin is one of the cats in the care of RSPCA Lincolnshire looking for a home EMN-160111-100408001

Pumpkin is one of the cats in the care of RSPCA Lincolnshire looking for a home EMN-160111-100408001

In 2013, Marshland Vets, in Freiston, set up a local cost price neuter scheme in conjuction with East Lincolnshire RSPCA branch and in 2014 the veterinary surgery neutered 130 cats through this scheme.

A spokesman for RSPCA East Lincolnshire branch said: “For several years now we have been trying to put procedures and schemes into place to encourage and facilitate cat neutering, to prevent the types of problems we are seeing this year.

“It makes us very sad that in 2016 people still don’t understand how vital neutering your cat is.”

Becky Harper, Lincolnshire inspector, said: “Sadly 2016 has been a massive step backwards with regard to cat population, especially in the Boston area, and all local charities and vets are struggling to cope.”

Pet owners are being encouraged to neuteur their cats in order to try and control the growing cat population not just in Boston but across Lincolnshire.

The RSPCA spokesman continued: “This year we have already rehomed over 150 cats and kittens and have approx 30 more in care at this time.”

Cats Protection Sleaford and District Branch is experiencing similar cases of too many cats and kittens in its care.

A spokesman said: “At the Sleaford branch alone we have already rehomed 280 cats and kittens so far this year and despite it being autumn the problem is not slowing down.

“Cats Protection often have cat neuteur schemes running all over the country, we would urge people to please neuter rather than adding to the cat crisis.”

Marshland Veterinary Centre said this week they have already had two cats brought in and are trying to find space for them.

Medi Vet, Pilgrim Vets in Boston, have had five dumped cats brought into them last week, and five were dumped in cat carriers on their doorstep.