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Cute kittens put strain on cat charity

23 May 2017
Cute kittens put strain on cat charity
She may look cute but Lucy is just one of over 1,600 homeless kittens currently putting the charity Cats Protection under strain as it struggles to cope with the annual kitten season.  
Lucy was born at the charity’s Bridgend Adoption Centre in Wales on 21 April, after her mother Lilly came into care along with a number of other cats whose owner could no longer look after them.
And despite usually being chosen quickly, kittens like Lucy have to stay in care for around 40 days to ensure they are old enough to be adopted, which increases the costs required to care for them.
“Over 3,000 kittens have needed our help already this year so we’re bracing ourselves for another difficult season,” explained Cat Jarvis from Cats Protection. “Cats breed at an incredible rate and although kittens are very cute they are a problem so getting your cat neutered really is the kindest thing to do.”
Cats Protection found new homes for over 14,500 kittens during 2016 so the charity is hoping cat lovers will donate whatever they can to help them look after this year’s unwanted felines.
For example just £5 could supply 10 days' worth of specialist milk to hand-feed an orphaned kitten while £10 feeds a cat in care for over a month.
To donate please visit www.cats.org.uk/donate or text KITTEN1 to 70660 to donate £5.
If you would like to offer an unwanted cat a home please visit www.cats.org.uk/adopt-a-cat
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For further information or an interview, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911, at media.office@cats.org.uk, or @CPMediaTeam on Twitter.

Notes to Editors: 
  1. Text costs £5 plus network charge. Cats Protection receives 100% of your donation. Obtain bill payer’s permission. Supporter Services 0800 917 2287. Charity No. 203644 (England and Wales) and SC037711 (Scotland)
  2. Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity and helps around 190,000 cats each year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres.
  3. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  4. 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.
  5. More information about the work of Cats Protection can be found at www.cats.org.uk