We are the Bury St Edmunds Branch of Cats Protection. As a branch we are reliant on what we raise through fund-raising and donations.
Last year our vet/health care costs were over £11,000, and on top of this we spent £4,200 on neutering!
We want to continue this care – every cat that comes into our care has:
- a vet health check
- are routinely blood tested for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (‘Feline Aids’, FIV) and Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)
- cats over 10 years old have a senior blood profile (to check for problems such as hyperthyroidism, quite common in older cats)
- worm and flea treatment
- will be vaccinated
- will be neutered if necessary
- will be microchipped
This year, during March, we are running a free neutering campaign in Bury St Edmunds to try and stop some of the unplanned pregnancies in the cat world, and we hope to do this again in the CO10 area in September.
Neutered male cats:
- are less likely to roam, reducing the risk of them suffering from car
- are less likely to fight which reduces the risk of them getting injured
or contracting serious diseases such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (‘Feline Aids’, FIV) or Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV)
- are less likely to spray
- are unable to develop tumours of the testicles
- make better pets and are more likely to be ‘homebodies’
Neutered female cats:
- won’t become pregnant, so there will be no expense associated with litters of kittens
- do not call or wail as unneutered queens do – so less disturbed sleep for the owner and neighbours!
- are less likely to contract diseases such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (‘Feline Aids’, FIV) or Feline Leukaemia Virus (FeLV) spread by bites and mating behaviour
- are unable to develop cancer of the ovaries or uterus. They are also at greatly reduced risk of developing mammary cancer – especially if neutered early
Other than our free neutering campaigns, we will try and help with the cost of neutering in cases of hardship.
We also help with the neutering of feral colonies.
Can you help us with the cost of this care?
Our target is £2000 but any money raised over and above our target will go towards helping the cats & kittens in our care.
Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. Our vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs. Cats Protection has simple and clear objectives to help cats:Homing - Finding good homes for cats in needNeutering - Supporting and encouraging the neutering of catsInformation - Improving people’s understanding of cats and their careAchieving this vision is only made possible due to kind cat lovers who support our work. Visit www.cats.org.uk for more information.