Cat crisis: RSPCA has received 326 reports about cats in West Yorkshire since lockdown

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As the kitten season gets underway, RSPCA warns it could see an influx of even more as un-neutered cats give birth to unwanted litters.

Since lockdown, the charity has taken 324 cats into its care, more than any other pet, and fears that the situation is set to get worse, as the traditional kitten season gets underway.

The charity says there is always an influx at this time of year but lockdown means that it is harder for owners to neuter their pets and the charity’s experts fear they will see even more unwanted litters coming through its doors.

Since the start of lockdown, there have been 6,630 incidents reported to the charity’s hotline about cats with 326 incidents reported in West Yorkshire.

These include two cats, Holly and Keira, who desperately needed some help after their owner was recently taken ill and couldn’t care for them any longer.

RSPCA inspector Demi Hodby said:

These beautiful cats came from a loving home, but suddenly with nobody else available to take care of them, it was vital that they were brought into our care as soon as possible. Our RSPCA Keighley, Craven & Upper Wharfedale branch will now be able to find them a loving new home. I’m really pleased we could be there to ensure the welfare of this lovely pair.”

Demi Hodby

Animal rescuers at the charity have been designated key workers by the Government and the charity has launched an emergency appeal for vital funding which is needed to help the RSPCA’s frontline staff continue this crucial work across England and Wales.


cats are currently being cared for by the charity which is more than any other pet in its care.


incidents were reported about cats last year.


of those reported incidents took place in West Yorkshire.

Dr Samantha Gaines, head of the RSPCA’s companion animal department, said:

We are currently caring for more cats than any other pet throughout the Coronavirus crisis. Every year, the scale of the cat overpopulation problem becomes even more apparent from May to September when most cats are born as the RSPCA is often overwhelmed with kittens. The kitten season this year will continue despite COVID-19 and so the charity is bracing itself for even more cats.”

Dr Samantha Gaines
  • The RSPCA has plenty of information on how to keep your cat entertained indoors on its website. There is also lots of advice on keeping pets happy and healthy during the coronavirus crisis, here.