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Owners urged to get cats neutered

Thursday February 25th 2016

Cat owners are being urged to be responsible pet owners and have their animals neutered to avoid the extra expense of having to look after unexpected litters.

The call from an organisation of nine animal care charities coincides with Thursday's (February 25) World Spay Day, which encourages more cat owners to have their moggies neutered.

The Cat Population Control Group (CPCG) says not having moggies neutered could mean an extra 4.3 million kittens being born into the world unwanted.

It says that such surprises leave several owners unready for the amount of time and money they need to spend bringing up kittens. This can result in many of Britain's 11 million-plus felines being abandoned to fend for themselves or in already overcrowded animal welfare units.

Around 85% of kittens are unplanned, according to the PDSA vet charity.

The organisation's pet welfare and health head Nicola Martin says that not getting cats neutered puts owners in potentially challenging and needless situations. The result can be stressful and expensive if cats fall pregnant, she says.

Copyright Press Association 2016