ANIMAL veterinary charity PDSA will provide free health checks and general pet advice, in their first mobile service event specifically tailored for cats.

The mobile unit is part of the charity's yearly PetWise on Tour event, which have previously offered a variety of services for dogs in each community that include free pet MOT’s.

The services provided at the event in the brand-new cat unit will include free advice on pet health and cat wellbeing checks.

Sue Bartlett, PSDA vet nurse manager said: “Thanks to the support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery we can offer free, friendly advice and support, helping owners to make small changes that can often make a big difference to the wellbeing of cats in Middlesbrough.”

Additional services that will be offered include nail clipping and ear cleaning, which will be available free of charge. Cats Protection neutering vouchers are also available.

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The charity's mobile unit

Ms Bartlett added: “People in Middlesbrough are very lucky as this is the first place in the UK to have a Petwise event which is specifically for cats.

“Our new Petwise vehicle offers state-of-the-art facilities, meaning we can now provide a secure cat-proof environment while out on the road.”

Vaccinations and microchips are available only to existing PDSA clients and should be booked in advance. To do this call 01642-825793.

The PetWise event will take place at Stewart Park in Middlesbrough from Wednesday, August 21 to Friday 23.

The specialist mobile service will run from 10am until 4pm each day and is open to everyone.

The charity advises that people who bring their cats along should make sure they are transported to the event in a secure pet carrier.

The vehicle used for the service is worth £250,000 and has received support from the players of the Peoples Postcode Lottery, a community lottery scheme which raises money for charities.

The PDSA aims to improve the lives of pets through care, treatment and education.

Last year over 5,000 PetWise MOT’s were completed by the charity which enabled an improvement to be seen in local dogs’ health and welfare, with a nine per cent increase in neutered dogs which followed their visit.