The RSPCA has revealed there were 6,588 calls coming through to its cruelty line from West Yorkshire last year with concerns for the welfare of cats.

The charity is shining a light on the animals and how we can help them on International Cat Day.

According to the data, cats are one of the most neglected animals.

Alice Potter, RSPCA’s cat welfare expert said: “It’s sad to see that we have received so many calls about cats in need. Cats end up needing our help for a variety of reasons, for example their natural curiosity can mean they need rescuing when they get into scrapes and tricky situations.

"There are also some real issues that we see time and again including cats and kittens being abandoned, cats having unplanned and unwanted pregnancies due to a lack of neutering and multi-cat households where breeding has sadly become out of control."