VETS are appealing to cat owners to get their pets neutered to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
The plea follows a constant flow of dumped kittens being dealt with by Avonvale Veterinary Centres, which has practices in
Kenilworth, Leamington, Southam, Stratford, Warwick, and Wellesbourne.
Stephanie Hughes, senior vet at one of the firm’s Leamington practices, said: “Unwanted kittens being dumped is a continual challenge for the practice.
“We take in a lot of strays here and we always try to help but the best way to cope with the number of strays is for owners to have their pets neutered to prevent unwanted pregnancies.”
Stephanie recently took her work home with her after two stray kittens were cruelly abandoned in the Leamington.
New-borns Dobby and Darcie were handed into her practice after being picked up by RSPCA officers.
They were cared for around the clock by Stephanie who decided to adopt them.
Stephanie explained: “We do a lot of work with the RSPCA and they recently handed in these two kittens, who we named Dobby and Darcie.
“Dobby is a black and white male cat while Darcie is a tortoise shell female. I am hand rearing them both at the moment, which means they are following me everywhere!
“Hand rearing means they need bottle feeding every two to four hours and they are on a liquid-only diet. They also need stimulating to go to the toilet, which is something else their mother would normally do for them.
“They are both adorable. I have grown very attached to them so they will be staying with me permanently now. They even come to work with me with the Avonvale nursing and reception staff helping me out with their care.
“It’s lucky there’s so many cat-lovers on the staff.”