Spring and summer for many people means the onset of long hot days to be enjoyed, beautiful flowers and the festive season just around the corner.
For veterinarians and animal shelters however, spring also heralds the onset of the cat breeding season.
Cats are seasonal breeders. This means that come September, thousands of kittens start to be born, many without homes or someone to care for them.
A surplus of pregnant mums and orphaned kittens begin to flood pounds, rescue centres and veterinary clinics many of whom, due to such oversupply, are never able to be successfully rehomed.
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Female cats are ready to be mated again as soon as they give birth and tom cats roam the neighbourhoods, waiting for the right opportunity to arise.
Tom cats fight with other cats, particularly other males, which means we also see an increase in the number of cat fight wounds that need treatment.
Rescue centres are overwhelmed at this time of year which sadly means many of these unwanted animals never find new homes and are put to sleep.
You can make a difference to the lives of animals in our community.
Volunteering or donating to an animal welfare organisation, adopting a rescued animal instead of buying one from a pet shop or simply learning about the issues affecting companion animals. Above all else, please ensure your pets are desexed.