STOP littering! That is the message Rockhampton Regional Council and local animal welfare agencies want cat owners to hear.
Council's Health and Compliance Committee Chair Councillor Ellen Smith said that countless cat owners don't realise the impact unwanted litters have on animal welfare agencies and the broader community.
"Rockhampton Pound and animal welfare agencies, RSPCA and Capricorn Animal Aid, are often under extra strain with hundreds of unwanted kittens each year. As we head further into Spring, a peak breading season, more unwanted kittens will be abandoned," Cr Smith said.
"What many cat owners don't realise is that cats from as young as four months can have two or three litters per year which could result in 12 or more unwanted kittens.
"A female cat will repeat a heat cycle until she gets pregnant so it is vital for pet owners to desex as early as 12 weeks.
"The cost of preventing these pregnancies is low when you consider it can stop these unwanted litters of kittens becoming strays or being put to sleep when surrendered to the Pound."
Stop the cycle, talk to your vet about desexing your cat today.
Capricorn Animal Aid is in desperate need of help to foster out their abandoned cats. If you would like to be involved, please contact (07) 4926 8616.
For more information on responsible animal management, please go to www.rrc.qld.gov.au