Desex blitz to help cats

Olive the cat

Hume hopes to drastically reduce the number of unwanted kittens across the municipality, thanks to a desex blitz.

Council and the Lost Dogs’ Home will conduct the blitz across four days, from Tuesday 7 June 2016 until Friday 10 June 2016, at the Banksia Gardens Community Centre, located at 71-81 Pearcedale Parade, Broadmeadows.

Residents will be able to desex and microchip their cat at the subsidised price of $50, and holders of healthcare cards can access the service for free.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said Council anticipated that up to 100 cats would be desexed as part of the blitz.

“This will make a big difference, when you consider how many kittens a cat can give birth to,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“There are millions of stray and feral cats across Australia, and we estimate that thousands of them live on the streets and in the backyards of Hume.

“Cats can breed very quickly, and there are sadly not enough homes to accommodate the number of cats in our community.

“I call on residents who own a cat which is not desexed and microchipped to book a time to attend the blitz and take advantage of Council’s very reasonable offer.”

People can secure an appointment for their cat online via www.trybooking.com/201835

Cr Patsikatheodorou said it was important that residents only fed the cat they owned.

“Research tells us that many people feed stray or feral cats because they want to help the animal, but unfortunately it does more harm than good,” she said.

“When you feed an unwanted cat, you help that feline to remain strong enough to reproduce.

“In many cases, the stray cat you tried to help will give birth to a number of kittens, and each of them shall enter the world homeless and sometimes quite unwell.

“Cats which are without an owner can possess all sorts of illnesses, like cat flu, and many have been infested with fleas and worms.

“Large numbers of stray cats endure a very difficult life, which usually lasts little more than three years.”

Feral cats are a real nuisance in a local neighbourhood, because they can fight with domestic cats, spray urine around homes, defecate in gardens, and yowl at all hours of the night.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said unowned cats often had no choice but to kill other animals.

“These wild creatures need to find food in order to survive, and more than 100 native species in Australia are under threat because of cats,” she said.

“Every night, across Australia, feral cats target animals like the bilby, bandicoot, bettong and numbat.

“Council’s desex blitz aims to curb this problem around Hume, because we want every cat to live a happy life with a loving family.”

The desex blitz is available for cats that are aged between nine weeks and eight years of age.

For further information on pets in Hume, visit here.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 27 May 2016


Updated : 12:53 PM, 27 May 2016

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