A family of 19 cats have been signed over to RSPCA Northamptonshire after they were rescued from a home in the town. Now, they all need a new home and are ready to meet potential owners who can give them the patience and care they need to come out of their shells.
A total of nineteen cats were rescued from a cat hoarding situation at a Northampton home.
Pet hoarding can be very unhealthy as personal space, comfort and hygiene can be severely impacted - for both the pets and the owners.
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The family of cats were signed over to RSPCA Northamptonshire - who discovered three of the females were also pregnant. They will need to be held onto until their kittens are weaned and vaccinated.
Interestingly, nearly all the cats rescued from the Northampton house are named after birds.
"The cats were all in very good health when they were taken into care," said RSPCA Northamptonshire's Dawn Smith. "Their owner loved them dearly and looked after them, but they were all indoor cats."
Dawn said: "So many cats living indoors could have stressed them out quite badly, but the whole gang is all in perfectly good health."
All the 'gang' have now been neutered, which the RSPCA say is an important thing for any cat owner because cat and kitten numbers across the UK is out of control.
Dawn said: "It's so important for pet owners to neuter their pets when they adopt as they could soon have a great number of kittens on their hands who can't just be handed over to a cattery."
Cat or pet hoarding can quickly build up when an owner does not neuter their pets or feels they can't say no if someone asks them to adopt. However, it can be very stressful for the animals.
The RSPCA Northamptonshire branch cattery in Brixworth is open every day of the week between 11am and 2pm. Many cats however are in foster care and a meetup can be arranged online.
The owner's home was reported to RSPCA by a concerned housing association.
Dawn said: "All the gang are well-mannered and are perfectly friendly, however they might be a bit shy while they warm up to their new owners."
For more information, visit the RSPCA Northamptonshire website at: https://www.rspca.org.uk/local/findapet