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The RSPCA's coronavirus 'cat crisis'

The West Norfolk RSPCA centre is facing a “cat crisis” with this being the most looked after pet at the moment.

Since lockdown, the charity has taken 324 cats into its care, more than any other pet, and fears that the situation is set to get worse as the traditional kitten season gets underway.

There are now more than 1,000 felines which are currently in the charity's care.

RSPCA's 'cat crisis'. Picture: SUBMITTED
RSPCA's 'cat crisis'. Picture: SUBMITTED

Since the start of lockdown, there have been 6,630 incidents reported to the charity’s national hotline about cats with 106 incidents reported in Norfolk alone.

Dr Samantha Gaines, head of the RSPCA’s companion animal department, said: “Every year, the scale of the cat overpopulation problem becomes even more apparent from May to September when most cats are born as the RSPCA is often overwhelmed with kittens.

“Our frontline officers will continue to rescue as many cats as we can and our animal centre staff, hospitals and branches will carry on caring for the many cats coming into our care throughout the crisis.”

The centre relies on donations from its supporters to be able to carry out its work. Visit www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/donate/coronavirus for information on how to support the charity.

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