Daniel Zeichner MP met cute kitty Carro to help launch a campaign to raise awareness of the true cost of kittens and call on the Government to change the law. The cheerful black and white moggie is owned by Nicci Townley Branch Coordinator of the Cambridge Cats Protection who adopted her as a kitten.
Sadly Carro had been sold too young and had become ill, her owners couldn't cope and Nicci had to step in. Today Carro is full of life and wants to make sure other cats don't go through what she did.
Unfortunately there are people who, more motivated by money than welfare, are selling kittens that are sick and often far too young to be separated from the mother cat. Buyers report paying hundreds of pounds to private sellers for kittens that are ill and/or under eight weeks old.
Daniel Zeichner MP said: “The true cost of a kitten to a purchaser can be the heartbreak of buying a kitten that becomes sick – and in some cases dies – and facing significant vet bills.”
The Government is reviewing the law governing the sale of pets for the first time in over 60 years. Nicci Townley from Cats Protection will explain their charity wants to see better safeguards for the commercial sale of all types of cats across the board including banning the sale of kittens under eight weeks and a clear definition of commercial pet sales to protect the welfare of cats and kittens.
To back the campaign please collect a postcard from The Cat Flap (Charity Shop), 172 Mill Rd, Cambridge, CB1 3LP or sign up online at http://www.cats.org.uk/truecostofkittens