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East Anglia shelters see rise in unwanted cats

An animal charity with centres in Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Hertfordshire said it has seen a big increase in homeless cats.

Blue Cross believes some owners cannot afford their pet and are also failing to have them neutered.

It has taken in 165 unwanted cats so far this year in Felixstowe, an increase of 30% on 2010.

Its Cambridge centre has 74 cats on site and 200 waiting for a place, while Kimpton has 27 cats and 16 waiting.

Andrew Gillon, manager of The Blue Cross animal adoption centre in Felixstowe, said it was the worst situation he had seen for a long time.

"The centre is full to bursting with cats at the moment and there are so many more waiting to come in.

"The summer is always busy for us with lots of kittens being born, but that makes it even harder to find homes for adult cats."

Staff in Felixstowe are looking after 25 cats and a further 70 cats are on a waiting list to come into the centre as soon as space is available, with more enquiries being taken every day.

The Blue Cross has also urged owners to get their cats neutered to prevent the large numbers of homeless pets who "simply have nowhere to go".

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