As the RSPCA continues its month-long rehoming drive, Adoptober, new statistics show that four times more cats than dogs were rescued by the charity last year.
In fact, The RSPCA rescued over 22,000 cats – more than any other animal.
As the charity entered Cat Week as part of its month-long rehoming drive Adoptober, it revealed that its inspectors rescued the equivalent of more than 60 cats per day – four times the number of dogs (5,930).
Cat welfare expert Alice Potter said: “Cats can become victims of air gun attacks as well as poisoning, both accidental and deliberate, and, just like dogs they can also become victims of over breeding and over population.
“We know that the answer to a lot of the problems relating to cats in this country is raising the rates of neutering which in turn will lead to fewer unwanted animals coming into our centres and branches.
“We are calling for cat owners to neuter their cats at around four months old, rather than six months, which can greatly reduce the risk of them getting pregnant and owners being stuck with an unwanted litter.”