The Arbroath and Carnoustie branch of Cats Protection has been running a campaign to encourage people to get their feline friends neutered.
The aim of the campaign is to cut down on the number of unwanted litters of kittens and the group is offering help for those on benefits, pensions or otherwise unable to afford the procedure.
Sharyn Wood, Arbroath and Carnoustie branch co-ordinator said: “If we didn’t neuter, a female cat can start breeding from six or seven months of age and be responsible for over 20,000 offspring in her lifetime.
“Neutering has major health benefits for both female cats preventing uterine disorders in the female and in males, curtailing wandering, fighting, spraying and, of course, that tell-tale tom cat smell.”
The procedure is recommended for kittens from the age of 16 weeks, and for those on benefits or pensioners, it is available for just £5, and help is available for those unable to afford it.
Unplanned litters have been a significant issue for the Cats Protection. Sharyn explained: “This year alone we have taken into care and found homes for over 40 unplanned litters of kittens.
“At present we have four more litters in care.”
For more information call the Arbroath and Carnoustie branch of the Cats Protection on 01241 434605 and leave a message with your name and number.
The group is also very active on Facebook and often post about animals in need of re-homing or success stories. You can find them by searching for ‘Cats Protection Arbroath and Carnoustie’.