THE DUMPING of three kittens on a doorstep has prompted a call for cat owners to neuter their pets.
Avonvale Veterinary Centres cared for the eight-week-old kittens at its Heathcote practice after they were found abandoned in a cardboard box in Bishop’s Tachbrook.
The trio were named Michaela, Charlotte and Hannah after the three members of staff who looked after them and, happily, two have since been fostered and one has found a new permanent home.
Katie Wain, senior veterinary surgeon at the practice, said: “It’s rare to see animals being abandoned on a doorstep but it does happen occasionally.
“There is a huge amount of pressure on local charities to rehome unwanted and stray cats. Pet owners can make a positive contribution to the problem by neutering their cats, as it saves an awful lot of unnecessary heartache and stress further down the line.
“There are a number of benefits to neutering cats – in females it will stop them coming into heat, which can be uncomfortable and cause them to roam in search of a mate. In toms, it can stop them roaming and reduce the spread of disease through fighting.”