‘Take care of my cats’ – Seaham owner ditches pets as cost of living crisis rages

The RSPCA are concerned that two ginger cats found in County Durham were abandoned by a pet owner who could not afford to keep them.

With the UK in the throes of a cost of living crisis caused by rising inflation, soaring fuel bills and rising taxes, the charity says it regularly receives calls from people asking for help relocating their pets. The RSPCA is seeking information after the two cats were left on the doorstep of a property in Enfield Road, Seaham in a pet carrier and were discovered by a member of the public on her return during of a move.

Food had been left for the cats which were in good condition, although none of them were microchipped and one of them was wearing a collar, there was no dog tag. RSPCA inspector Steph Baines recovered the cats and they are now in the care of the RSPCA. Felledge Animal Center in Chester-le-Street, whose staff named them Fern and Ivy.

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Steph thinks the owner may have had trouble maintaining them. She said: “It looks like someone just said ‘take care of my cats’.

“We are seeing a lot of these abandonments due to Covid because in the North East there is a lot of pressure on the boarding space. We have people phoning for help and they have tried to other charitable organizations to rehouse cats but there are no places Catteries and the private boarding school are full.

One of the abandoned cats that RSPCA staff named Fern

Changes in household circumstances are often the cause of cat abandonment and the RSPCA advises owners to always seek help and advice before making a rash decision.

“Fern and Ivy were in good shape apart from a few dental cleanings, so it seems that given the current financial situation, someone felt they could no longer take care of these two ladies,” added Steph.

“I have put up a poster in the area and we would like to hear from anyone who has seen how these cats have been abandoned. If the owner does not come forward in seven days they will go and look for accommodation. They appear to be middle-aged cats that are related and, exceptionally for ginger cats, are female – the majority of ginger cats are male.

If anyone has any information about how Fern and Ivy were abandoned at Seaham on Sunday April 3, they are asked to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018. To help the RSPCA continue to rescue, rehabilitate and repatriate the animals in desperate need of care, please visit his website or call its donation line on 0300 123 8181.

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