On Wednesday July 20, Frazer, a kitten from the RSPCA Ashford cattery, became the 16,000th cat to be neutered at the clinic.
RSPCA’s south east mobile neutering bus has been on the road since 2001, neutering over 16,000 cats in Kent, Essex, Surrey and Sussex.
Frazer is now on the lookout for a new home, and despite being slightly nervous is incredibly loving and would make a fantastic pet.
Frazer is four months old and came into the care of the RSPCA as part of a multi-cat household.
If you would like to rehome Frazer please call 01233 646855.
Nicky Honey (pictured), who has been the neutering co-ordinator for the clinic since the start, said: ““We believe neutering cats is the answer to the overpopulation cat crisis in this country.
“You could keep building animal centres and keep filling them but that isn’t a long term solution.
“Sadly there are so many unwanted cats, like Frazer, in our centres so we would encourage every loving owner to neuter their cat from four months of age.
“We are proud of all we have achieved with the mobile cat neutering bus, we’ve helped improve so many cats lives as many have come in to be neutered and our vet has been able to treat them for other undiagnosed conditions.
“We’ve also been able to help people on low incomes to have their cats neutered.”
Nicky has worked tirelessly, driving the clinic and co-ordinating up to 16 cat neuterings a day for the last 15 years. Alongside vet Alan Smith, and with the support of RSPCA branches and charities, the aim is to try to keep the cat population in the South East at a manageable level.
RSPCA are seeing younger and younger mums, as cats can become pregnant at the first season around 5 months. They can also get pregnant within three weeks of given birth, therefore it makes sense to neuter early to prevent this first litter. Neutering also helps to prevent to spread of sexually transmitted illnesses.
The RSPCA took in 38,000 cats in 2015, and the charity neutered 81,781 animals — 48,464 of these were cats — in the same year.