Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is encouraging cat owners in his constituency to keep un-neutered cats indoors to prevent unplanned kittens being born.
The Coronavirus crisis has meant that many vets have been unable to do routine operations like neutering. The charity Cats Protection estimates that, as a result of this, there could be tens of thousands of unwanted kittens born and abandoned this summer.
There has already been evidence of an increase in kittens being born and abandoned. Around 84,000 more cats are predicted to be born and sadly many will be abandoned.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“As a cat-lover myself, I am very concerned about reports of an increase in the number of abandoned kittens.
“With thousands of extra cats being born this summer, there is a real possibility of a crisis in abandoned kittens and we need to do what we can to avoid this.
“I would encourage all constituents with un-neutered cats to keep them indoors until they are able to get them neutered.