What we do
What help do we provide?
In the UK, Cats Protection finds new and life-long homes for 52,000 cats and kittens every year – an average of one rehomed every ten minutes. Every cat that comes into our care stays with us until we find it a new home. We never put a healthy cat to sleep.
We also help tens of thousands of cats each year through our assisted neutering and veterinary treatment programmes. This involves contributing to the costs of treating cats whose owners are in dire financial need.
Who provides the help?
Our service is provided via a network of 29 adoption centres and 256 voluntary-run branches throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern IrelandThe charity operates in two ways: volunteer-run branches and adoption centres (formerly called 'shelters'). The main difference is that volunteer-run branches are people with space in their garden for one or two pens. The person who wishes to adopt a cat, usually visits the cat in the volunteers (fosterer's) home.
Alongside re-homing, the charity runs a neutering scheme for cat owners on limited incomes
If you feel you could give a good home to a cat/kitten, please ring Exeter 01392 811732
Did you know that Cats Protection might be able to assist you with the cost of neutering your cat?
We believe that neutering is an important part of responsible cat ownership. All Cats Protection cats over four months of age that are ready for rehoming (unless they are tiny kittens or have medical problems) will have been neutered; but if you are having difficulty affording the cost of neutering your own cat, we might be able to help.
There are around 2.5 million stray cats living in the UK.
One un-neutered female cat can produce 20,000 descendents in just five years.
Cats become sexually active from about four months old.
It is not beneficial for a cat to have 'just one litter' before being spayed.
Gestation (the length of pregnancy) in cats is just nine weeks, and a female cat came come into season again just six weeks after giving birth.
Pregnancy and motherhood are physically very demanding for a cat, and repeated pregnancies take their toll.
Cats will breed with their brothers and sisters.
A cat can have up to five litters a year with five or six kittens in each litter. That adds up to 18 caring homes for Cats Protection to find each year, from just one cat!
What is Neutering?
Neutering is a surgical procedure which prevents female cats, known as queens, becoming pregnant; and male cats, known as toms, making females pregnant.
Cats Protection recommends the neutering of domestic cats from four months of age, but you should seek advice from your vet for each individual cat.
Neutering has many health benefits as well as helping to reduce the number of unwanted cats in the UK.
Neutered male cats are:
Less likely to roam, reducing the risk of them being run over.
Less likely to fight, reducing the risk of them getting injured.
Less likely to contract serious diseases such as feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), and feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) through fighting.
Less likely to display territorial behaviour such as spraying.
Unable to develop tumours of the testicles.
Neutered female cats are:
Unable to become pregnant and have unwanted litters of kittens.
Not going to call or wail, as un-neutered queens do when in season.
Less likely to contract diseases such as FIV and FeLV spead by bites.
Unable to develop cancer of the overies or uterus.
Less likely to develop mammary cancer - especially if neutered under the age of six months.
Your cat will have an anaesthetic on the day, so he or she should be given no food prior to the operation - your vet will advise you about this. The operation for both male and female cats is very simple so you will usually be able to drop your cat off and pick him or her up on the same day.
Female cats will have a small shaved area; this fur will grow back in a couple of weeks. She will also have stiches. If these are not dissolvable, they will be taken out by the vet around ten days after the operation.
Cats usually recover very quickly from the operation. Your vet will advise on the best care for your cat as he or she recovers.
How Much does it Cost?
The cost of your operation varies according to what part of the country you live in and the vet you use. The average cost for a male cat is approximately £50 and the average cost for a female cat is £60 your vet will be happy to give you a quote before the operation takes place. Cats Protection offers financial assistance to cat owners on benefits or low incomes to help with the cost of neutering. Please call 01392 276291 to see if you are eligible for help with the cost of neutering you cat or for Dawlish & Teignmouth area please ring - 01626 862617.
The Cats Protection always strive to help the population of our 'feline friends' last year alone we neutered 191,000, preventing the birth of many unwanted kittens