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August Neutering Promotion Success!

21 September 2016

We are delighted to announce that for the second year running we have had a successful Summer Neutering promotion. 36 responsible owners contacted us asking for our assistance in neutering their cats or kittens. As a direct result of our campaign, 49 cats will have been neutered, saving them from potential health problems in the future. Many people believe that a female cat should be allowed to have kittens, but if you ask why, most won’t know. ...

Skin problems in cats

30 July 2016

When our skin feels irritated, we will itch and scratch until it starts to hurt or the irritation subsides. This is the same for cats except that, whereas we know when to stop, cats will scratch themselves until they are red raw.Far from helping the situation, excessive scratching, licking of affected areas only exacerbates the problems and may cause secondary bacterial infections to develop. It’s a vi-cious cycle of self-harm. Cats with skin complaints may dis-play lesions, flaky skin, ...

Cats in Season

02 May 2016

The sun is out, the skies are blue and the daffodils are blooming; spring is well and truly here, but for cat owners whose queens are unspayed, the coming of spring was prob-ably announced in a different way – with high-pitched ‘calling,’ urine spraying and more affection than usual. Generally speaking, the feline heat cycle begins in March and lasts through to September. A female cat that is un-spayed will usually be in heat every 2-3 weeks throughout the season, unless she ...

Rita loses 1 of her 9 lives

09 October 2014

A lucky Hatfield cat survived losing one of its nine lives in collision with a car – but has racked up more than a £1000 bill for the heroes who came to her rescue. The cat was taken to Village Vets in Hatfield Garden Village on August 15 by a concerned member of the public who had found her in Chelwood Avenue in the Birchwood area of Hatfield. The animal was in shock and vets believed she would not survive – X-rays showed she had a smashed pelvis and a broken ...

Tripod Triumph

10 August 2014

A cat who was at the vets to have a leg amputated was taken home by the vet to care for whilst he convalesced. Regrettably, the cat managed to escape his temporary convalescence home and the distressed vet called our helpline for assistance. Posters were made, distributed and put up around the area he had escaped from. Surely someone would spot a very distinctive three-legged cat? From various sightings reported by kindly members of the public a couple of traps were set up. Whilst out ...

Suspected poisoning in Nursery Hill, WGC

07 August 2014

A cat was picked up today by the RSPCA from Nursery Hill, Welwyn Garden City and taken to the vets where it was thought that the cat had been poisoned, probably with anti-freeze. Unfortunately there was nothing they could do to save the cat and it was therefore put to sleep. If anyone sees a cat in distress around this area please either get the cat to the vets as soon as possible or call our helpline on 0845 3711855 immediately so that our Welfare Officer ...

RSPCA Research - CAT CRISIS

20 January 2014

The RSPCA carried out some research to try and discover the reasons why people don't neuter, who doesn't neuter and how to better target campaigns to try and persuade cat owners to neuter. We thought it would be useful to share some of their findings. Nationally 86% of female cats are neutered, but to stabilise the current population 92% of female cats need to be neutered. The shortfall to achieve this higher rate of neutering is currently c.30,000 female cat ...