Updated: Jul 31, 2020
My humans have spent the last few weeks fussing and cooing over kittens. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the little furballs, but they are living proof we need to work harder to get the desexing message across.
Over the last month we have played host to three cute little fluffballs, one that seems to have lost its home and doesn’t know where to find it, and two that never seem to have had a home at all.
We had hoped to hand these little ones over to the Cat Adoption Foundation, but unfortunately this wonderful organisation is already swamped by demand and have been unable to find any volunteers to take these kittens of our hands.
So my humans have stepped into the breach, taking turns caring for each of the little ones, making sure they are healthy, happy and ready for a forever home when the time comes.
But it has brought the issue of desexing to the forefront of my moggy mind.
These cute little guys are the innocent victims of the situation they find themselves in, and while we and so many great volunteer organisations around the state will do our best to ensure that these kittens are well raised, healthy and adopted into a loving home, they should never have been in this situation in the first place.
Our Australian cat population is very large. It has increased over years and years of unwanted litters being abandonded and a huge feral population of cats has come to threaten our native wildlife.
Obviously, we have to deal with this major threat to our native wildlife, and we have to do it by reducing the number of cats roaming free in our country.
Each of these three little kittens, if not found and handed in to us or another organisation, would have grown up to become part of a 2-4 million feral population of cats that roam across our country - each one killing about 750 native animals a year.
In addition, if the ginger boy and worried looking girl above got together in the wild, they could produce up to four litters a year, with their children then doing the same from just 4 months old. In just seven years, those two cute little faces could cause over 420,000 cats to be born!
Now while governments and other organisations are attempting to deal with the the feral feline population through a range of measures, including trapping, exclusion fencing, baiting, re-wilding, guardian dogs, conservation sniffer dogs, and even traditional Indigenous hunting, we need to do everything we can to make sure we are not adding to the problem by creating more cats without homes.
If you are a cat owner, I say to you as a cat myself, the best thing you can do to help keep our native animals safe and avoid cute little faces like those above from being abandoned into the wild to fend for themselves is to get your cat desexed.
it only takes one night where your Tom stays out or your furry girl doesn’t come home and you could be getting ready to pick up the litter!
Desexing also comes with a range of other benefits for your cat.
It can reduce roaming and aggression which will help protect them from Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and reduce the number of fights they are likely to get themselves into.
As much as my humans love these little kittens, each one is living proof that we are not doing enough to get the message about desexing across.
It’s not fair to these little ones that they were born and left to make their own way in the world - they’re too young!
Just before I go, please let me draw your attention to the pyramid picture on the below. Just a couple of my species, left to their own devices can concievably lead to over 2 million new cats in 8 years!!
So please, if you own a cat, get them desexed.