Pearl and her kit­tens are just part of the tale

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

WE’RE hav­ing kit­tens – about kit­tens! This time of year, we are hav­ing kit­tens – and all puns aside we are very wor­ried.

Spring is just around the cor­ner, and with it comes a ter­ri­ble time for cats

We are ex­pect­ing hun­dreds of un­wanted kit­tens, lost mother cats who leave the fam­ily home to give birth and never find their way home, and boys who roam too far in their search for a mate and get in­jured on our roads or in fights.

You can make a dif­fer­ence to­day – don’t let your beloved cat be­come another statis­tic. Please get your pet neutered.

Neu­ter­ing your cat won’t just make sure you don’t have to deal with un­wanted kit­tens. It will keep your pet safe. For girls it of­fers life­long health ben­e­fits, and re­duces the chances of uter­ine can­cers – and the costly vet bills that go with it. For boys, it will keep him closer to home re­duc­ing the risk of traf­fic ac­ci­dents, and with­out the need to mate he won’t get into fights – which can cause hor­rific in­juries.

Although it is early in the year to see kit­tens we have al­ready res­cued a mum and her two kit­tens who were shel­ter­ing un­der a stor­age unit in near Wem­b­ley Sta­dium.

Mum, who we’ve named Pearl, is very friendly, and was clearly a much-loved pet.

If she had been neutered she would still be at home with her fam­ily, and with­out a mi­crochip we’ve been un­able to trace her own­ers.

The two kit­tens, tor­toise­shell Gem and smoky-grey Flint, are hav­ing their health checks this week and so the whole familiy will soon be ready to go their sep­a­rate ways and find their for­ever homes soon.

If you’d like to adopt any of our cats please call 020 8966 9688 or email info@rsp­camid­dle­sex.org.uk.

To view all the an­i­mals look­ing for a new home, visit www.rsp­camid­dle­sex.org.uk There are lots of old wives tales out neu­ter­ing – many peo­ple still lieve that an­i­mals should have at st one lit­ter which sim­ply isn’t true, or that it’s cruel to put your pet through the op­er­a­tion.

But, the pro­ce­dure is rou­tine and car­ried out un­der a gen­eral anaes­thetic. Your pet may feel some dis­com­fort af­ter­wards but will be back on its feet in no time. What will cause more pain is in­jury from fights and the risk of be­ing lost like Pearl, or worse, run over.

If you want to neuter your pet, but are wor­ried about the cost – please speak to us. Many vets of­fer a re­duced neu­ter­ing fee for peo­ple on low in­come – and your lo­cal RSPCA may be able to help if you are on low in­come or re­ceiv­ing ben­e­fits?

Please con­tact RSPCA Mid­dle­sex North West Brach for more in­for­ma­tion: 0208 966 9688.

n SWEET: Right, Pearl and Flint and above, kit­tens Gem and Flint were found in a stor­age unit

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