Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Compulsory Cat Desexing in the Wind to Control Crisis

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Compulsory Cat Desexing in the Wind to Control Crisis

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Byline: Roderick Makim

COMPULSORY cat desexing could be just around the corner if the Fraser Coast Regional Council acts on a petition being developed by animal workers.

With vast numbers of abandoned cats on the Fraser Coast being put down every month and still more being dumped and turning feral, local businesses, organisations and residents great and small have decided a law change is the only way to solve the cat crisis.

Rachel Ireland, from the Maryborough Animal Refuge, said compulsory desexing was necessary to combat aa real lack of educationa about the perils of cat ownership in the region.

aCats can start breeding at four months, and then suddenly people (who recently bought their kitten) are shocked that their baby is having babies.a

The speed with which cats can breed was also stressed as a reason for desexing by Pet Warrior volunteer Leesa Hodgson.

Within six months, a male cat can be responsible for 100 kittens, while a female cat and her progeny can be responsible for up to 420,000 kittens in seven years, Ms Hodgson said. …

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