Cats Protection and RSPCA Cymru join forces for new scheme in Wales - Get your cat neutered and microchipped for just £5

30 March 2016
A new scheme to encourage cat owners across Wales to get their pets neutered and microchipped has been launched.
 
The Wales Cat Neutering and Microchipping Project is being run in partnership by Cats Protection and RSPCA Cymru. Its aim is to encourage cat owners to neuter and microchip their pets.
 
More than 100 vets across Wales have signed up to the scheme, which is available to cat owners who are in receipt of benefits or on a low income in Wales. For their cat to be neutered and microchipped the owner will only have to pay £5 - which is a fraction of the price these procedures would usually cost.
 
Both charities believe that population control for cats is vital as felines are prolific breeders. As one unneutered female cat could produce up to 18 kittens a year, or 20,000 descendants over five years, owners who do not neuter their cats may unwittingly be contributing to more cats being abandoned in the future.
 
Neutering Manager for Cats Protection, Jane Clements, welcomed the initiative and said: “Neutering is such an important decision which cat owners sometimes fail to make before their female cat has an unexpected litter of kittens! This is because many people don’t realise that kittens can reach puberty at four months of age. Female cats do not need to have a litter before they are spayed, and males can also be snipped at four months old. A spay or a snip has health benefits, can prevent injuries from roaming or fighting and generally allows cats to enjoy playing outside without the risk of getting pregnant or being hit by a car in the quest to find a mate.”
 
RSPCA Cymru’s national welfare manager, Coralie Farren, said: “Neutering cats is so important as it can help prevent illnesses and reduce the number of unwanted kittens. Cats are able to start breeding from as young as four months old and sometimes mate with their brothers and sisters. Spaying or snipping your cat is a straightforward procedure which prevents unwanted pregnancies in female cats and can help reduce fighting and roaming of male cats. Repeated breeding and fighting is unhealthy for cats and can increase the risk of disease, while microchipping is really important if a cat becomes lost or injured.”
 
Although microchipping is a safe and permanent means of identification, which increases the chances of a missing cat being reunited with its owner, nearly half of the UK’s owned cats are not microchipped¹.
 
Both organisations believe it’s vital that all cats are microchipped as it gives cat owners more peace of mind and enables the charity to reunite missing cats with their owners.
 
Those interested in taking part in the scheme can check if they qualify and if there is a vet (that has signed up to the scheme) near them by visiting http://www.cats.org.uk/what-we-do/neutering/current-neutering-campaigns/wales-neutering-campaign
 
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Notes to Editors:
  1. A PFMA/Cats Protection Pet Population (microchipping) Survey 2015 found that around 3.3m owned cats in the UK are not microchipped.
  2. The scheme only covers the cost of the neutering operation and microchip insertion.  Any extra costs or procedures will need to be covered by the owner.
  3. You should qualify for help if a) you receive a state benefit b) you’re on a low household income or c) you’re a full time student or pensioner.
  4. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps over 205,000 cats each year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 32 centres.
  5. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  6. 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.
  7. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk