Kitten overload has come to Hot Springs Village. HSV Animal Welfare League works with Property Owners’ Association animal control to adopt out pets that come through the shelter. The shelter and foster families are overflowing with kittens.
The previous maximum cat numbers came to about 65; AWL now has 104 cats and kittens, many available for adoption.
Seventy-two are underage kittens, some even being bottle fed by volunteers. Kittens and nursing mothers must be kept in foster homes, so AWL’s capacity is at overload.
Why so many? First, cats are, unlike dogs, fertile almost year-round. A female cat not only is ready to become pregnant nearly constantly, but she can become pregnant while still nursing her last litter. So, kittens, kittens and even more kittens.
Also, cat adoption coordinators surmise that AWL’s requests to Villagers to let them know of stray litters and cats have been successful. AWL is thankful people are alerting them of the strays that can be trapped and saved, but this means everyone must work more diligently to spay and neuter all cats and dogs before new litters are on the way.
It also means that anyone who has an intact male or female cat or dog can check with AWL about low-cost spay/neuter by calling Angela Nickols at 915-0832. Pets can be sterilized at eight weeks, and preferably before four months.
Although there is no cat leash law by counties nor any POA rule about keeping cats indoors, most advocates strongly recommend that cats remain indoors. Thet are safer from predators, and indoor cats routinely live longer, healthier lives than those that venture outdoors. This also maintains friendly relations with neighbors…
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