Anyone thinking about getting a cat is being urged to adopt a rescue animal as a charity has witnessed a surge in unwanted felines.
The Scottish SPCA currently has 270 cats and kittens in its care, with 90 of these ready to be rehomed.
Sharon Comrie, superintendent of the charity, explained that their rescue and rehoming centres are full of cats and they are receiving more every day.
"Some of the cats we have in our care are either unwell and receiving veterinary treatment or taking refuge while criminal proceedings are active against their owners," she said.
"Others are expectant mothers that cannot be rehomed until after they've weaned their kittens so many of our cattery spaces are filled on a medium to long-term basis."
Ms Comrie added it is a shame that many of these animals are living in catteries when they should be having an active life with a family who care for them.
One cat that is looking for a new home is Peggy, who arrived at the centre overweight and badly matted.
After a diet of healthy cat food, she is now looking and feeling much better and is looking for a quiet home where she can relax.