Animal charity the RSPCA has revealed it received more than 14,000 calls to its Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire cat cruelty line last year, which is almost two calls every hour.
The charity says the popular pets are also one of the most neglected animals. Across England and Wales it dealt with more than 100,000 calls in 2018 about cat welfare.
It’s sad to see that we have received so many calls about cats in need. Cats end up needing our help for a variety of reasons, for example their natural curiosity can mean they need rescuing when they get into scrapes and tricky situations. There are also some real issues that we see time and again including cats and kittens being abandoned, cats having unplanned and unwanted pregnancies due to a lack of neutering and multi-cat households where breeding has sadly become out of control.
On International Cat Day, the RSPCA is asking people to understand more about their pet's behaviour.
Cats who hide away can be anxious so it is best to make sure they have cosy hiding places around the house.
A cat who is feeling friendly will approach with their tail held upright with the tip of the tail curved. Let the cat come to you.
Rolling over and showing its tummy can be a sign the cat feels comfortable.
Instead of rubbing a cat's stomach, they prefer a gentle stroke on their head or cheeks.
Look out for any changes in a cat's usual behaviour as it may indicate they need to be taken to the vet.