The RSPCA reports another year of high numbers of cats and kittens being brought to them for care. This happens every year and every year many of us wonder why people fail to have their pets de-sexed. Cats are great pets but, if left to roam, they can and do kill native wildlife. If a litter of kittens is dumped, they will hunt to survive and become feral, starting a cycle of breeding which can be catastrophic (sorry – bad pun).
If you decide to have a pet, you are taking on responsibility for their care and for the impact which they have on others. There are a lot of cat haters out there, I know, but surely even they will realise that the fault lies with the irresponsible owners who don’t get their pets de-sexed and then dump the inevitable kittens on others to either find homes for or, if necessary, euthanise.
I foster kittens for the RSPCA and am proud to be able to contribute towards a population of healthy, de-sexed cats who will be wanted pets. But I would love to have one year go by when the RSPCA is able to say to me that my services won’t be needed. .
My message is simple. Don’t get a pet unless you are prepared to look after it and, importantly, have it de-sexed.