Clapham cattery under investigation after missing cats

Jack the cat

A Clapham cattery is under investigation after several cats went missing while in their care.

Gemma Ferguson says her son’s cat Jax was staying at Nao Cattery on Oakley Road in Clapham while on vacation.

Upon their return, they discovered that the cat had disappeared the day it was left there. Jax has now been missing for two weeks.

Gemma says she hasn’t told her son yet that her cat is missing because he’s still on vacation with his grandparents.

“I told him [my son] that he’s going to be safe,” Gemma said. “No harm can happen to him while he’s in there because, you know, it’s a place made specifically for that.

“What am I going to tell my little boy when he comes back from vacation in 10 days and he doesn’t have a cat to pick up from the cattery? Oh my god, this is so heartbreaking.

Not much help

When Gemma contacted the cattery she was disappointed with their response and said they didn’t seem to be doing much to help.

“The cattery owners told me he escaped by gnawing on his enclosure, but I’m not convinced of their story,” Gemma said.

“They said he damaged the enclosure but when I asked for pictures of the damage they didn’t send me any.”

Gemma also says the cattery owners don’t seem to have done much to try and find Jax.

“Two weeks after he disappeared, they still hadn’t put up any posters or leaflets,” she said. “They had also only contacted one local vet but wouldn’t tell me which one until I pushed them for an answer.”

Gemma says she phoned every vet in Clapham she could find and none of them said they had been contacted by the cattery.

Poster Jax the lost cat
If you find Jax the cat please call Gemma on 07590367326

Since posting on social media, Gemma says she has been contacted by five other people who say their cats have also disappeared from the cattery.

“From what I’m told, at least one of the missing cats was run over and killed, another was found but the others, including Jax, are still missing,” she said. . Bedford Independent.

The RSPCA said while it will always deal with allegations of animal cruelty, concerns of this nature should be discussed with the local authority.

The local authority is responsible for licensing animal boarding schools as they have powers which we do not have,’ an RSPCA spokesperson said.

“Animal cruelty can be reported to the RSPCA hotline on 0300 1234 999, but licensing and monitoring of boarding schools like this would be done by the local authority.”

Investigation

A spokesperson for Bedford Borough Council said it had received complaints about Nao Cattery in Clapham but could not comment while an investigation is ongoing.

Nao Cattery, ClaphamImage: Nao Cattery/Facebook
Nao Cattery, ClaphamImage: Nao Cattery/Facebook

Catteries are licensed under the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

Part A – General Conditions (Schedule 2 of the Regulations) states that “all areas, equipment and devices to which animals have access must present minimal risk of injury, illness and escape”.

It also states that “all areas should be constructed of strong, safe and durable materials, in good condition and well maintained”.

The guidelines also go on to say that “windows and doors should be: leak proof, strong enough to resist scratching, capable of being properly secured and access doors should not be propped open” .

It also gives minimum requirements for the materials used and that it must “be maintained in good condition to prevent leakage”.

While Gemma’s top priority is getting Jax back, she says she just wants to make sure any cats that stay there in the future are safe.

“It’s so important that this place is at least reviewed,” she said. “If it’s about making some changes, so be it, as long as the cats in there are safe. I just want to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.

We have contacted Nao Cattery for a comment but they have not responded at the time of publication.

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