Cat-a-strophe in Centurion

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The Lyttelton SPCA in Centurion is urging the public to return cat-traps borrowed from the SPCA.

This comes after complaints about cats taking over in residential complexes for mating purposes.

A Centurion woman has an uphill battle with cats mating at her house at night.

Shi-Ann Schultz said the breeding has been non-stop for the past six weeks.

“When I return home from work, I find them inside my house. They would flee outside, but they never leave. The noises are driving me insane.”

Schultz said she has a kitten of her own, and when being fed, the scavenger cats would jump at the food.

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“These are wild cats and cannot be caught.”

She said the stray cats do not belong to anyone – and her neighbours are complaining to her about the cats.

“I’ve spoken to the SPCA and other organisations catching stray cats, but until now, there has been no permanent solution.”

Schultz said her biggest disappointment was with organisations who misrepresented themselves, saying they catch stray cats, “but when needed there are always excuses”, she said.

“These organisations shouldn’t pretend to do cat-traps if they’re not doing it.”

Schultz said her biggest fear was coming home from work and find a house full of kittens.

“I’m at a loss for words and not ready to become a cat lady,” she chuckled.

Christina Masemola at the Lyttelton SPCA said an inspector will assess the situation to determine a plan with the cats.

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Masemola said the SPCA do not currently have cat-traps as they were borrowed out to the public and have never been returned.

“We urge the public to return the cat-traps as funds are limited,” said Masemola.

Some cat facts:

The oestrus (fertility) cycles begin when female cats reach puberty. This can be as early as the cat being four months right through to 10 months old.

Exactly when a cat starts coming on heat is determined by a number of factors, including the days becoming longer (i.e. spring/summer), the cat’s weight, age, general health and their breed.

 

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Jason Milford

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