Let us assure you, it's a lot less adorable when kittens have kittens. Yes, you heard us right. Kittens can breed from 4 months of age, and with an average gestation period of 63 days, it's entirely possible for a 6 month old kitten to have her own babies.
How horrible is that? Now, wouldn't it be great if we could do something to stop such awful situations? Oh wait - we can. It's a simple procedure called neutering!
A short time spent at the vets (you'll usually drop your pet off before 9.30am and collect them around 4.30pm), can stop all of the heartache caused by your immature feline having to care for her own newborns.
The best news? If you receive state benefits, are on a low income or you are a student or pensioner, you can get your pet cat neutered for £5. An amazing scheme run by Cats Protection which has prevented an incredible amount of unwanted kittens from being born.
For those in the Newry area, all three of our local vets are taking part - Newry Veterinary Centre, Ancu Veterinary Hospital and Clanrye Veterinary Clinic. For those further afield, contact your local vets to see if they are taking part in the reduced price neutering scheme, or look at Cats Protection website for a map of vets offering the discount.
With the mild winter we've had so far, we expect 'kitten season' will kick off early this year. So time is running out. The adorable kitten you got last summer? Get him or her neutered. The adult cat that has moved into your garden? Get him or her neutered. If you need help with getting feral cats in your area neutered, let us know and we'll do our best to provide a local contact who can help.
Every year we see hundreds of kittens, born to cats who have been allowed to stray without a thought for the welfare of any future kittens. Allowing your cat or kitten to go outdoors before they are neutered is incredibly irresponsible, and all we can do is beg you to look out for your pet and any local cats who may need your help.