AN INFLUX of unwanted kittens has left the Cats Protection desperate for funds to run its already overstretched centre.
The cat charity, which currently has its hands full looking after 34 cats and 34 kittens is now bracing itself for a flood of kittens as a result of unneutered cats breeding in the summer months.
As well as appealing for donations to look after these kittens, the branch is asking local people to consider adopting a cat from Cats Protection.
Mandy Clarke from the centre, which is based in Hailsham, said, “We are currently full to bursting with cats in need of homes, so the expected rush of kittens will put added pressure on our already-stretched resources.
“We are doing our best to prepare but I would appeal to people to give generously so that we can give as many kittens as possible a second chance in life.
“In addition, if you are able to adopt a cat then please call us because this will help free up space so we can take in more unwanted cats and kittens that desperately need our help.”
In light of the large amount of unwanted cats and kitten, the charity is also appealing to cat owners to neuter their pets. Mandy added, “One unneutered female cat can produce up to 18 kittens in a year, so neutering really does help to reduce the numbers of kittens that are brought into care, or dumped and left to fend for themselves.
“Neutering also makes cats less likely to fight and pass on diseases transmitted through biting and saliva, so it will greatly benefit your cat’s health too.”
During the weekend of June 4, a total of 14 kittens came into the care of Eastbourne’s Cat Protection centre.
On two occasions it was due to female cats giving birth in garden sheds, with each having a litter of six kittens.
The first was caught and the kittens put in a basket and taken to the adoption centre but the second mum was not as easy to catch because she was feral.
Volunteers at the adoption centre could see that her kittens were displaying similar behaviour to their mum but they are now being successfully socialised and will soon be ready for new homes. They also recently rescued two tiny kittens from brambles.
The little ones are now safe at the adoption centre and will also soon be ready for a new home. If you would like to make a donation, adopt a cat or obtain neutering advice call Cats Protection on 01323 440101.
Mandy added, “Every year we spend huge amounts of money assisting people to neuter their cats and kittens and hope that one day this will make a difference.
“This year is as bad as ever, if not worse. The only way we can prevent more unwanted cats and kittens is by neutering. If you are on benefits or a low income please contact us for help with neutering your cat.”