COLCHESTER cat owners looking to neuter and microchip their feline friends are being reminded of the financial support on offer. 

Cat Protection runs a reduced-cost neutering scheme for those who need financial support by cutting the fee to just £10.

The average cost in the UK for neutering is around £50 to £100 plus £20 to £30 for a microchip.

Colne Valley Vet, in Maudlyn Road, is now offering the reduced-cost service to the city's residents.

People who are eligible include those who receive universal credit, income support, housing benefits, council tax benefits, pension credits, working tax credits income-based ESA, income-based JSA, or child tax credits. 

Other people eligible include cat owners who have a household income of less than £25,000 before tax or cat lovers who are also full-time students living away from home. 

From June 10 this year owners will be legally required to microchip cats, or they could face a fine of up to £500.

Those interested do not need to contact Cat Protections, they must contact their vets directly who will inform them of the proof required.

Vouchers are also not needed.

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