Stop let­ting kit­tens have kit­tens

Sheri­dan Gaunt,the spokes­woman for Peter­bor­ough Cats Pro­tec­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Cats Protection -

It doesn’t mat­ter how hard we work to raise aware­ness of the need to neuter or spay your cat, it seems the mes­sage con­tin­ues to be ig­nored.

Ev­ery char­ity is at max­i­mum ca­pac­ity with long wait­ing lists of stray/aban­doned cats need­ing help. We con­tinue to be over­whelmed with calls to the helpline from the pub­lic find­ing preg­nant cats, mum and kit­tens, or those that can’t re-home their own kit­tens that have bred in­dis­crim­i­nately.

Across the 32 adop­tion cen­tres and 250 vol­un­tary run branches in the UK, we help to neuter 159,000 cats and kit­tens a year. Just one un­neutered fe­male can pro­duce 18 kit­tens a year and can be re­spon­si­ble for pro­duc­ing 20,000 de­scen­dants in just five years!

These fig­ures are in­creas­ing an­nu­ally, mak­ing our job, al­most im­pos­si­ble at times to ever see any real progress in this area. Peo­ple need to wake up and ac­cept re­spon­si­bil­ity for their pets. Our fe­line friends don’t un­der­stand about safe sex or the birds and the bees, but we hu­mans do! SO, stop let­ting kit­tens have kit­tens!

It is im­per­a­tive you neuter your cat, as young as four months of age or sooner, be­fore the reach pu­berty. 90% of the teenage mums we see in our branch are all un­der a year, some just six months of age, still a kit­ten them- selves.

Neu­ter­ing male cats is equally as im­por­tant. This will stop them spray­ing which leaves an aw­ful pun­gent smell that is near on im­pos­si­ble to get rid of, stops them stray­ing, fight­ing and catch­ing a nasty dis­ease called FIV – which is sim­i­lar to HIV in hu­mans.

We al­ready of­fer as­sisted neu­ter­ing help for those on low in­come or ben­e­fits, how­ever, in or­der to help the Peter­bor­ough com­mu­nity of cat own­ers, we have part­nered with Vet­s4Pets to run a ONE off neuter/spay of­fer of £10 per cat.

The of­fer will run un­til the end of Septem­ber, with no other criteria than that you must live in the PE1-PE8 area. Any­one out- side this area must con­tact their lo­cal Cats Pro­tec­tion branch.

We urge all cat own­ers to ACT NOW and con­tact us on 0345 371 2750 or email pe­ter­bor­ough­cat­spro­tec­ to book their place.

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