The number of people adopting cats has dropped and more people are giving them up for adopting, new figures reveals.
Statistics from Cats Protection show that from 2009 to 2011, the number of people looking to adopt fell by 31 per cent, while those giving up their pet increased by 14 per cent.
These figures, and the announcement that the UK has slipped back into recession, has led to the charity issuing an urgent appeal for people to let them know asap that they plan to give up their cat as this gives them more time to prioritise them.
Peter Hepburn, Cats Protection’s chief executive, said: "I cannot emphasise enough how serious this is.
"The recession has been disastrous for the UK's pets and, following the latest news of the UK entering a double dip recession, sadly the situation for cats shows no signs of improving."
He added that these figures are just the tip of the iceburg and the problem is much larger than these figures indicate.
A recent study by the University of Bristol estimated that 131,070 cats entered the care of welfare organisations in the UK during 2009.