10 January 2023

A flood of unwanted felines, including a seven-week-old kitten dumped in a cardboard box over the weekend, has prompted a call for help from RSPCA WA.

Over the past three months, incoming kitten numbers have doubled, and the organisation currently has over 120 cats in care.  Among  them is Cali, pictured right, a tabby kitten who was left on the RSPCA’s doorstep on Saturday morning. Luckily, he was found by a member of staff and is recovering well in care.  

The influx of kittens and pregnant cats–prompted by warmer weather and a surge in unchecked breeding–is putting pressure on RSPCA WA’s already-stretched foster network.

‘An unsterilised female cat can give birth to more than 200 kittens in her lifetime,’ RSPCA WA Shelter Manager Emily Smith said.

‘When breeding spikes during the warmer months of the year, it’s animal shelters and rescue groups who are left to pick up the pieces.

‘Sadly, Cali’s story is not unique. Every year we have sick and unwanted kittens dumped at the shelter.   

‘Please, if you are the owner of an unsterilised cat, talk to your vet about desexing as soon as possible, and keep your feline friend contained to prevent unwanted litters and protect wildlife.’

Last financial year, RSPCA WA cared for 932 cats and kittens, up 28 per cent on 2020-21.

‘If this kitten season continues the way it’s going, we may exceed those numbers again,’ Ms Smith said. 

‘Our resources are stretched extremely thin at the moment, so we could really use the public’s help. 

‘If you’ve been thinking about welcoming a feline friend into your life, now is the perfect time to adopt from a shelter. By giving a cat or kitten a second chance, you’re making room for more animals in need.

‘If you’re not in a position to adopt, please consider providing a temporary home for a pregnant cat or kittens as a foster carer. It’s easy to sign up and such a rewarding experience.’

RSPCA WA provides foster carers with everything required to care for their temporary pet, including food and pet supplies, all vet treatment, behavioural advice, and medication.

To learn more about fostering, or express your interest, click here.