Moving house? Try not to forget your cat
PET owners are being urged to update details linked to microchips in their furry friends after a stray cat in Matson was found to be registered to a home in Birmingham.
A white semi-long coat moggie was found in Oaktree Gardens after reports it had been hanging around for five days.
During that time residents had been feeding it before the RSPCA shelter at Hope Farm in Cheltenham, picked him up.
But when his micro-chip was scanned, the white cat was found to be registered to a house in Sutton Coldfield.
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Shirley Paget, a RSPCA re-homing co-ordinator in the county, said: “The good news is that he has a micro-chip, the bad news is that it was registered to a house in the Midlands in 2007 and the homeowners have since moved on.
“It is imperative that if you move, you update the information on the microchip, quite often it’s just a case of spending a minute or two on a website.
“But still, people aren’t doing it and we have the scenario we have with this white cat, in that we have no idea who or where his owners are.
“What will happen now is we will keep him until Monday (seven days since he was taken to Hope Farm) hoping someone comes forward for him. If no-one comes forward then we will start looking into re-homing him.”
It comes as the RSPCA admitted it is struggling to rehouse abandoned and dumped cats and kittens.
Heather Theyer, who looks after abandoned cats at the RSPCA’s Hope Farm, said: “We have had a lot of cats coming in and it has been very slow in re-homing them. One kitten was dumped outside the Gloucester branch on Horton Road and we’ve got it here, looking to rehome it. I don’t know why we are getting so many, whether it is because of money reasons or other things.”
The branch currently has about eight cats and four kittens in their care and it means they are at full capacity.
Peter Bolton, animal operations manager at the charity said: “It is really sad because these problems could be avoided if owners just acted responsibly.
“The RSPCA like other charities, needs help from the public – so please if anyone is thinking about taking on a cat, come to the RSPCA first.”
One of the key factors causing this cat crisis is cat owners who do not neuter their pets.
The charity recommends all cats are neutered by four months.