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Tuesday 23 July 2019

Appeal to trace owners of kitten

Jessica Farry

The ISPCA has appealed for members of the public to help trace the owner/s of a kitten which was found in the car park at Lissadell Beach last week.

The kitten was found by a good Samaritan who has taking it into her care.

Diane Smith, who came across the kitten, told The Sligo Champion: "A lady walked by and pointed out that there was a kitten under our car. It was about two months old and it wasn't feral. It came over to us without fear and it was severely under fed.

"We are very happy to give it a home here in Knockvicar if it doesn't have any other home but we would worry that maybe someone has lost a pet."

It has been claimed that the kitten was not the first to be found there, with a member of the public claiming that kittens are regularly being abandoned there.

ISPCA Public Relations Manager Carmel Murray said: "Huge thanks to the very kind member of the public who helped a little kitten found at Lissadell beach recently, when out walking in a remote area and miles from any other houses.

"Sadly some cats and kittens find themselves left behind when their owners are no longer willing to look after them or have moved house. In other cases, kittens can become lost or are sometimes dumped once the novelty has worn off. We are appealing to the public to help trace the kitten's owner. We would also like to remind pet owners that spaying and neutering is vital to help tackle the over-population issue as the most effective way in preventing unwanted litters of kittens from being born in the first place."

The ISPCA encourages more owners to spay/neuter and microchip their pets.

Not only does responsible spaying and neutering reduce the numbers of unwanted cats and dogs, but it also provides many health benefits for your pet, so speak to your vet today.

Kittens can start breeding from four months of age and female cats can come into season again from six weeks after giving birth.

Cats can have three litters of kittens in a twelve month period producing five to six kittens at one time and the cycle begins. Un-neutered cats and kittens will continue to multiply along with their offspring.

In most cases spaying/neutering male and female cats should be carried out 16 weeks of age once they are in good health.

The ISPCA is also asking people who are thinking of getting a pet to give a rescued animal a new life by adopting a cat or dog from a rescue shelter run by the ISPCA.

By adopting a rescue cat you will be ensuring you give a homeless cat or kitten a chance at a better life. ISPCA rescued cats and will already be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, treated for parasites and litter trained upon adoption.

For more information, visit https://www.ispca.ie/rehoming/

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