Cats in the cra­dle: Hot sum­mer leaves glut of kit­tens

Irish Independent - - News - Dean Grey

IT WAS a long, hot sum­mer – and it left Ir­ish cats fe­line just fine.

The Dublin So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (DSPCA) said it has an un­prece­dented num­ber of cats and kit­tens thanks to our long sum­mer and the mild weather since then.

More than 100 kit­tens and cats are in the DSPCA shel­ter in Rath­farn­ham to­day – twice the num­ber it’d nor­mally have at this time – and the char­ity is ap­peal­ing for peo­ple to foster them over Christ­mas.

“We would nor­mally see our last batch of kit­tens in Au­gust and Septem­ber, but we’re get­ting them right up to De­cem­ber this year,” spokes­woman Gil­lian Bird said. “Apart from the snow, we had a mild spring, a very warm sum­mer and a long stretch of mild weather which is stretch­ing into Christ­mas.

“This un­usual weather has con­fused Ir­ish cats. They nor­mally mate in the spring time, when other an­i­mals are mat­ing and giv­ing birth.

“We would of­ten laugh at peo­ple com­ing up to us in De­cem­ber say­ing they wanted a white kit­ten. Now we have lots of white kit­tens.”

For any­body in­ter­ested in fos­ter­ing or adopt­ing a cat, please con­tact [email protected] ie on email.

PHOTO: STEVE HUMPHREYS

Pur­r­fect pets: An­i­mal carer Colm O’Donoghue with some of the kit­tens avail­able at the DSPCA in Dublin.

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