UK feline charity Cats Protection published a press release recently comprising figures which indicate that an increasing number of people are putting their pet kitties up for adoption in the wake of the country's recessive economy status. Concurrently, the number of people volunteering to look after a homeless moggie is dropping. Let's take a closer look at the figures contained within the press release:
- The number of people wanting to adopt a cat fell by 31 per cent (5,016 in 2010 o 3,471 in 2011);
- The number of people wanting to give up a cat increased by 14 per cent (8,308 in 2010 to 9,459 in 2011) and
- The number of people reporting stray cats increased by 7 per cent (6,924 in 2010 to 7,426 in 2011)
Whilst these figures are sad, I can't say that I find them particularly surprising - it's not only the food and medical bills of humans that are becoming increasingly costly! When one finds it hard to meet the costs of their utility bills each month, arguably they are in no position to provide the necessary care for a cat.But do you agree with this sentiment? Are you a pet owner despite your financial difficulties? Be sure to share your thoughts with me below.