One of the main aims of Cats Protection is to support and encourage the neutering of cats. It is the only effective way to reduce the unwanted cats in the UK.  Did you know .....Your cat may breed from 4 months of age? A female can come into heat every 2 - 3 weeks and may have up to 18 kittens a year - all whilst still being a kitten themselves! Cats do not need 'just one litter' before being spayed. Cats will mate with their brothers, sisters and parents. It is kinder to neuter and there are health benefits too.

At this branch,  we can provide help to qualifying low-income households and for those in receipt of some benefits. The areas covered by this branch are BL1-BL9 and M26 and M45.

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We would like to assess your cats’ needs to be able to signpost you for support to local animal charities or determine whether Cats Protection Bolton and Radcliffe Branch would be able to help.

Please could you answer a few questions which will enable us to make an assessment? Once we have received this information, we will give you a call to discuss the support locally available.

Please send us an email at with the following information (please copy the questions into the body of your email).

1.What is your name?

2.What is your full address, including postcode?

3.What is your contact telephone number?

4.What is your email address?

5.Are you in receipt of any benefits, and if yes, which one(s)?

6.Are you a full-time student living away from home?

7.Are you able to provide evidence of benefits, income, student status?

Please answer these questions for each cat which needs to be neutered :

8. What is the name of your cat?

9. How old is your cat?

10. Is your cat male or female?

11. Does your cat have a pedigree?

12. What is the origin of your cat (adopted from CP, bought privately etc)?

13. How many cats are there in your home?

14. How many, including the cat(s) you are applying for, have not been neutered?

15. Are any of your cat(s) currently pregnant or nursing kittens?

16. Are you able to transport your cat(s) to the vet?

17. Do you give your consent for us to share your contact details with a vet able to offer neutering appointments?

We advise any cat or kitten which is not yet neutered should not go outside to avoid meeting other cats which have not been neutered yet due to the risk of pregnancy, roaming, fighting injuries and disease.

We never ask a vet to put a healthy cat to sleep.