Plymouth sanctuary inundated with 67 unwanted kittens
AN animal sanctuary which currently has 67 unwanted kittens in its care has warned about the importance of neutering pets.
Gables Farm Dogs' and Cats' Home, formerly Plymouth and District Dogs' and Cats' Home, says the simple operation would prevent an abundance of homeless kittens. It could also prevent health troubles in the cat's later life caused by complications of giving birth.
The sanctuary is also appealing for a special home for two Ragdoll cats in their care.
Katie Barkell of Gables, said: "It's so important to get your cats neutered.
"There are so many cats and kittens out there with no homes and it's not easy at all to find someone to take them on – even the kittens."
Katie said at the moment they had 67 kittens in their care, without even including older cats, plus a pregnant feline who was due to give birth to around eight new arrivals.
"The operation is quick and the cats are often up and about within hours after having it.
"For the males especially its fairly uninvasive.
"In the long-term it's better for them as it's likely to stop problems for the cats which might come after giving birth."
Neutering, from the Latin neuter – of neither sex – is the removal of an animal's reproductive organ, either all or part of it.
The process is often used in reference to males whereas spaying is often reserved for females.
Katie said Gables is seeking a special home for two cats.
Tosca is a 12-year-old male and he is looking for a new home with his best friend Bluebell who is 11-years-old.
Katie said the pair needed a quiet home where they will be the only pets.
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Katie said: "Tosca and Bluebell are looking for a quiet home where they can have lots of cuddles and love.
"Tosca can be very protective of Bluebell and does not tolerate other cats in the home that may try and take her away from him so they are looking for a home without other cats."
She said Bluebell has had an operation on her right eye but had now finished treatment and was doing very well.
She added: "They do need access outside as they are not happy being kept indoors all of the time so their new home will need to be on a very quiet road as Bluebell's vision is not 100 per cent."
If you think you could help by offering Tosca and Bluebell a home or want more information then you can call Gables on 01752 331602 or visit www.gablesfarm.org.uk.
Gables is on Merafield Road and the public are invited to view animals between 11am and 3.30pm on all weekdays apart from Thursdays when the home is closed. On weekends viewing times are 11am to 3pm.