Cats may well have an independent nature, but they rely on us totally for their wellbeing. Cats left to fend for themselves very rarely thrive. They face starvation, injury, illness, and suffering. If they’re not de-sexed they face further hardships and contribute to the ever increasing overpopulation of unowned cats. Along with every other animal welfare agency and vet clinic in NZ, we bear the brunt. Approximately 80,000 cats go into shelters every year. 40,000 to 60,000 are euthanased. Many more remain to suffer and die on the streets.
Levin & Horowhenua Vets have, in the last few months, received several stray cats and kittens, some in a shocking state requiring immediate euthanasia on welfare grounds. Many appear to be once-loved pets. None of them have been microchipped. Without identification, we’ve little chance of getting them home. In-fact, studies show that only 4 out of 10 will be reunited with their owners.
If these cats have been deliberately abandoned we’ve no way of identifying the culprits and bringing them to account.
Most owners don’t assume their cats will go missing. Do you know where your cat goes when it leaves the house? Could your cat be chased or attacked by a dog, hit by a car or get lost? Could your cat be mistaken as an unowned cat? Many unidentified loved pets that have gone missing may have been euthanased as unowned animals. In many cases being able to find owners quickly would have meant treatment to save their lives, not end them.
95% of microchipped and registered pets return home.