Many are even forced to give up their beloved pets when they move into a new property, and for one cat lover this resulted in tragedy.
|John Chadwick with one of his beloved pets|
The local council moved him into temporary emergency accommodation and soon found him a new council flat but revealed that he would be unable to take his animals with him.
|John's dogs Theo and Tinkerbell and cat Gizmo|
John’s close friend, Dee Bonnet, is devastated by his death and is now supporting Cats Protection’s Purrfect Landlords campaign to encourage more cat-friendly tenancies.
|John and his friend Dee Bonnet|
A recent survey by Cats Protection revealed that just 13% of private landlords explicitly allow cats in their properties. Often, the reason for not allowing cats is simply habit, with a third of landlords who don’t accept cats in some or all of their properties saying they didn’t proactively choose to ban cats, but instead followed a standard template or advice from a letting agent.
Cats are one of the country’s most popular pets with over 11 million owned cats in the UK and private tenants that are able to own cats benefit immensely. Among those that own a cat, 94% report that their cat has had a positive effect on their life, such as making them happy, providing company and affection, or improving mental health.
Madison Rogers, Cats Protection’s Advocacy & Government Relations Officer, said: “We were deeply sorry to hear of John’s story and our thoughts go out to his friends and family. We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to own a cat and be a responsible pet owner, which is why we are working with both private and social landlords to encourage cat-friendly tenancies. It is our hope that John’s memory is kept alive and such a sad situation does not arise again as the benefits of pets are recognised by landlords across the UK.”
Since their owner’s tragic passing, Theo, Tinkerbell and Gizmo have been rehomed to loving new families.
To find out more about the Purrfect Landlords campaign, visit www.cats.org.uk/purrfectlandlords
If you’ve been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, Samaritans can provide confidential emotional support. Visit www.samaritans.org or call 116 123 to talk.