Concerns about feral cats

2015-05-27 06:00
There is a concern about the growing population of feral cats and kittens in the CBDPHOTO: supplied

There is a concern about the growing population of feral cats and kittens in the CBDPHOTO: supplied

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WARNER Beach residents are concerned over the growing population of cats and kittens in the CBD. The SPCA is reportedly unable to assist due to a lack of funds and some people have assisted by taking in rescues.

One such person is Virginia Scrooby who has spent a small fortune of her own funds to neuter, spay, rescue and feed countless cats. Scrooby currently has four kittens she is taming, which were found in awful circumstances in Prospecton.

“I had been told by the guy who feeds ferals in Prospecton that four feral kittens were born there in very bad circumstances on 25 April and we went to rescue them. They were living in the most horrid unhygienic stinky hole of a place which is also where they were born and too small to get out of. “Only mommy cat could come and go. They were born in the seating space behind the drivers’ cab of a small unused truck,” Scrooby said.

“Because the space was too small to put in a trap, we had to catch these very wild, stinky little kittens one by one and place them in a basket. This was the first time they had ever seen a human so were absolutely terrified but miraculously they are all very healthy.

“I have been working with feral cats for five years, mostly Winklespruit behind DSM mall and had them all sterilised and I feed them every day. When there are strange cats or kittens that are dumped there, I take them away and re-home because the colony will not accept them,” Scrooby said.

There is a feeding programme in place at Warner Beach, but its need to sterilise the feral cats urgently because they reproduce at an alarming rate. To date, Scrooby has funded the sterilisation and neutering. “The regular price for a female is around R1 200 and R600 for a male.”

Scrooby said that it is very important to neuter males because they are sexually mature at six months. This means males won’t go wandering and be exposed to all kinds of danger. If your male cat breeds with a cat with disease it will get passed on, you will save on a veterinary bill. “It also provides more control over the population and unneutered male cats are more prone to testicular cancer,” she adds.

Anyone wanting to sponsor a sterilisation can pay money directly into Scrooby’s vet account or phone her. Anybody who would like to adopt a cat can contact Scrooby directly at 083 225 5152. Strict home checks apply.

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