Meeting on feral cats problem

Cats at The Acres, Barnack EMN-150402-160010009
Cats at The Acres, Barnack EMN-150402-160010009
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A meeting is to be held to tackle the issue of feral cats at The Acres Sheltered Housing scheme in Barnack and the surrounding area.

Housing association Cross Keys Homes last week cancelled plans to trap cats in cages and re-home them as it seeks to find a solution to the problem.

There will be an information evening for local residents in The Acres community lounge on Wednesday, February 18, from 7.30pm. All residents can attend and there will be representatives from the RSPCA, Peterborough Cat Rescue and Cross Keys Homes available to answer any questions.

Anyone who is able to offer a cat a home are asked to contact Peterborough Cat Rescue.

A spokesman for Cross Keys said: “The feral cats have been causing a nuisance to residents and, if no action is taken to curb their breeding, their numbers will continue to grow and their welfare will suffer.”

Last week, it was revealed that cat owners were told to cut some hair from their cat’s heads to differentiate them from strays if their pets did not have a collar or microchip.

Some residents received a letter informing them of the plan on Tuesday, just two days before action was set to start.

The feral cats were due to be trapped in long cages and re-homed with the help of Peterborough Cat Rescue and the RSPCA.

Cross Keys has since apologised to residents and said action will not go ahead.

The association’s chief executive Claire Higgins said: “We are trying to do the right thing for the residents of The Acres, the village and the cats but we admit we haven’t approached this as well as we should have done.

“We are extremely sorry for any upset caused and are trying to do as much as we can to put this right.

“We recognise that there is a real problem with feral unneutered cats in Barnack.

“We have arranged a meeting so that we can plan how they can address the issues.”