Keep­ing un­wanted cat num­bers down

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South Waikato SPCA in­spec­tor and shel­ter man­ager Lorna Hutchin­son’s first col­umn for the year.

Wel­come to my first col­umn for 2013. Once again de­sex­ing is a top pri­or­ity.

Christ­mas may have been rel­a­tively quiet but the new year has cer­tainly ar­rived with a bang or should that be a meow.

South Waikato SPCA has been in­un­dated with kit­tens some with moth­ers or just ladiesin-wait­ing.

We have had up to 40 kit­tens at one time this sea­son and at least 20 adult cats.

Lots of the rea­sons we hear are ‘‘ we came home from our hol­i­day and found th­ese kit­tens in our shed’’ or ‘‘ the neigh­bours have moved and left their cat and now it’s had kit­tens’’.

Please be a re­spon­si­ble owner.

Once your kit­ten, male or fe­male gets to three months have it de­sexed.

Put a few dol­lars aside each week when you first de­cide to give a kit­ten a home and by the time it’s ready you’ll be part way there.

All kit­tens re-homed through the South Waikato SPCA are de­sexed and that in­curred cost, through our vets is what you pay for when adopt­ing from us.

We are very for­tu­nate to have vets who sup­port our cause.

So think, new kit­ten – de­sex.

Bonuses to de­sex­ing are that it’s a one-off op­er­a­tion, can pre­vent some health is­sues, leads to cleaner habits and males not im­preg­nat­ing fe­male cats so no un­wanted kit­tens adding to the al­ready over pop­u­la­tion of fe­lines in our re­gion.

We could show the rest of New Zealand we know how to keep un­wanted cat num­bers from grow­ing.

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