Keeping unwanted cat numbers down
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.