Campaign Tackles Cat Population Crisis



Campaign tackles cat population crisis
27th February 2018

By Karen Pickwick
A pioneering project is on a mission to spay as many cats as possible to tackle the over-breeding of kittens.
Cat Smart is an RSPCA-funded scheme set-up to help ease the overpopulation crisis by neutering and microchipping cats, as well as educating the public on responsible cat ownership.
This World Spay Day (February 27) the charity is celebrating the success of the Cat Smart scheme in Sheffield, where more than 500 cats have been spayed free since launching in August 2017.
On Saturday (February 24), the RSPCA hosted an event with the PDSA to mark the international awareness day, which saw a record 60 cats neutered in nine hours.
Carrie Stones, cat population control manager at the RSPCA, said: “The scheme has now spayed over 500 cats and helped lots of owners with discount vouchers and microchipping. Our aim is to reduce the number of unplanned litters, many of which end up in rescue centres. 
“Around 70% of litters are unexpected and this means there are a lot of owners who are getting much more than they bargained for. The romance and the reality of having a litter of kittens are very different and so we have been helping to change people’s attitudes about neutering their pets.
“We, along with other members of the CPCG (Cat Population Control Group), are calling for cats to be neutered from four months old when they can first become pregnant and start going outside.”
Cat Smart has also teamed up with academics from the Psychology department at the University of Sheffield in a bid to better understand choices made by pet owners.
They will analyse questionnaires completed by owners at the neutering clinics to explore their knowledge and intentions and monitor the impact of the Cat Smart scheme.