AN EXPLOSION in the stray cat population combined with people abandoning unwanted cats and kittens has led to Louth SPCA inspector Fiona Squibb appealing for a neutering programme to be put in place.
Fiona, an unpaid volunteer with the animal welfare charity, is inundated with calls about stray and abandoned cats every week.
' The problem is totally out of control and something needs to be done about it,' she says. 'It's not enough for people to feed stray cats – they need to catch them and get them neutered or the problem will simply continue.'
'I'm getting as many as six calls a day, 30 a week, so it's a huge problem.'
She feels that a joined-up approach is needed involving the local authority and veterinary practices so that a low-cost neutering programme can be put in place.