Whinnybank News

Sue regularly gets calls reporting sightings of mum cats and their kittens. Sadly, the kittens are usually too old to tame by the time they are out hunting with mum. So if anyone sees a pregnant cat who doesn’t appear to have an owner, that is the time to call Sue. She will find out if there is an owner & if not she will trap the female before the kittens are born so she can have her kittens in the safety of the Sanctuary and she and her babies can get any healthcare they may need. The kittens can also be socialized and get used to humans before it is too late to do so. Unfortunately some people either don’t understand the reasons for trapping un-neutered cats, or they, wrongly, think it is cruel – they forget than an un-neutered female can have 3 litters a year. For example, a current trapping job at Ladybank involving 1 female – she had 4 kittens last year and another 5 this year – she is now heavily pregnant again, as are 2 of her first litter now aged 9 months. So, 1 un-neutered cat ends up being 10 cats within a year and now another 12 – 18 are due to be born! The cause of ‘trap, neuter and return’ has been set back 15 years due to Covid. Because the kittens are feral they are beyond taming and can only live at Whinnybank, stables or smallholdings. The cost implications of all this are huge for Whinnybank – more on this next week.

If you can offer a home to a cat, help at fundraising events, in our shops or at the sanctuary, please call Sue on 01337 840414, or see us online at www.catchat.org/whinnybank and www.whinnybank.org.uk