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7th January 2020

Cats Protection's Head of Advocacy & Government Relations, Jacqui Cuff, said: “We are delighted that the Government has said it will review model tenancy contracts to enable more renters to own pets.

Jacqui Cuff

"Over recent years, Cats Protection has become increasingly concerned by the number of much-loved pet cats that are handed into us for rehoming simply because their owner cannot find rented housing that accepts cats.

"We also hear regularly from all sorts of renters who have sadly given up on ever owning a pet cat, including young families and elderly people living alone, all of whom would benefit enormously from the joy a cat can bring to a household.

“We launched our Purrfect Landlords campaign to help encourage more landlords to accept cats. As part of our research, we found that 94% of private tenants with a cat said cat ownership has a positive impact on their lives with benefits such as improving mental health, providing company, happiness and affection. This clearly shows why it is so important that everyone is given the chance to own a pet cat, regardless of whether they rent or own their homes.

“We’re delighted the Government has made this important step towards helping more renters enjoy sharing their home with a pet cat.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, helping around 200,000 cats each year through its national network of around 250 volunteer-run branches and 36 centres.
  2. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  3. Cats Protection’s registered charity number is 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland). Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
  4. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at
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