Kitten Season 2022 – Neutral now to stop the suffering

Spring is in the air and that can only mean one thing for Animals In Need volunteers: “Kitten season 2022” is just around the corner.

This also means that it is vital that all pet cats over the age of 6 months are neutered and it is equally important to neuter your cat if it is a male.

Unfortunately, some cat owners think that because their cat is a boy, he doesn’t need surgery.

Not only do unneutered male cats spray their territory, causing an acrid pong in the area or in their home, they are much more likely to wander off in search of a female and get into all sorts of trouble. than their castrated counterparts.

Unneutered male cats are at risk of getting lost, suffering serious injuries and infections from fighting, contracting diseases as well as an increased likelihood of certain cancers.

AIN was recently called in to help a number of unneutered toms, including a battered and bruised tom cat called Kyle.

When he arrived at the AIN, Kyle had cuts on his face and an injured eye, he was very scruffy and wore a look of defeat. He was sick with cat flu, his fur was coarse and dull, and he was extremely skinny.

Wandering Tomcat beat Kyle

After a week in foster care, his coat condition has started to improve and his eye is healing well.

He will need tests at the vet and, all is well, will then be neutered so that he is ready to find his own loving home.

Unfortunately, some rescues come too late, as was the case with Ariel.

Ariel was a black kitten only three or four months old.

When she was found she was in a state of complete collapse, freezing, dehydrated and skin and bones.

On top of that, Ariel appeared to have been attacked and had a large infected open wound on her back leg as well as puncture marks on her body.

Although she received treatment immediately, she was too weak and the infection in her small body was too advanced for her to survive.

A kitten as young as Ariel shouldn’t have gone out alone in the first place and she would have suffered for a good part of her short life before she was found.

Dee in play after his leg was amputated

Back at the cattery, mother cat Susie and her six kittens are doing well. Susie has embraced motherhood with relish and the kittens are thriving.

Another pregnant cat, Luna, arrived this week. She’s not much more than a kitten herself, which underscores the importance of having cats neutered at six months of age.

Luna had been cared for by a family she had adopted herself, but faced with the prospect of more kittens, it was decided that the best course of action was to entrust Luna to AIN so that she could have her kittens in completely safe.

There is some fantastic news about Dee, a young dog found injured in Inishowen last Christmas Day.

Dee had been found lying on the side of the road with a broken femur by the Gardaí, who called an AIN volunteer for help.

The AIN volunteer rushed Dee to the vets in Carndonagh and after several days of treatment she was moved to a foster home in Donegal Town.

Dee underwent surgery in January in the hope that his injured back leg could be saved, but unfortunately the leg did not heal so Dee underwent further surgery a few weeks ago to have his back amputated. leg.

However, thanks to the resilience of the animals, Dee made an incredible recovery and quickly adapted to life on three legs. She can manage on her own at playtime with other dogs and races around her foster family, which is great news.

AIN carried out one of his most unusual rescues this week, when a ferret was found in the convoy on St. Patrick’s Day.

If you have any information about the origin of the ferret, please contact the Cat Helpline. Proof of ownership is required for all retrieved animals.

To help AIN’s animals, please donate €2 to AIN’s ‘Help Us Help Them’ fundraising appeal via your phone by texting the word ‘KITTEN’ to 50300. Each penny goes directly to rescued animals for their food, bedding and vet bills. , deworming and vaccinations.

For further information on adoption, placement, volunteering etc please contact the main helpline on 087 1356188. For cat/kitten inquiries please call 087 7644420. Animals In Need Donegal is also on Facebook and has a website at

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