Cat Welfare

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:18 pm on 11th December 2018.

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Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip 4:18 pm, 11th December 2018

Yes. It is great to see so many hon. Members with such deep personal experience with cats and involvement with welfare charities. Cats are cherished members of the family for many people. They bring great joy in homes across the country, and we need to recognise that. We also need to understand, as my hon. Friend the Member for Gillingham and Rainham pointed out in his excellent speech, the distress and concern it causes when a cat gets lost and people want to find out where it might be.

I join Members in their comments praising various groups. Laura Smith is no longer in her place, but she mentioned Stapeley Grange. Stephanie Peacock praised the excellent work of Cats Protection. Jim Shannon talks about his wife’s committed work in animal welfare in various debates, and I am pleased that that work also extends to cats.