Cat mating season starts early

While the cat breeding season started later in spring the last few years, this year due to warm weather feral cats are already in heat, the Labās mājas (Good home) animal shelter told LSM Wednesday.

Although animal shelters usually enjoy a respite after the autumn season, a litter of five kittens from a feral cat was found on Christmas Eve in a basement, said representative of the shelter Veronika Stāvause.

While the second day of the new year saw a 'gift' from a stranger who left five domestic kittens in the donation box.

A cat that gave birth to a litter of four in a house of Krāsotāju street was also adopted by the shelter as the locals ensured the cat family gets to the shelter.

Judging from this, it can be established that the 2016 kitten season has started early, and those who want to adopt a kitten can already inquire in animal shelters, Labās mājas included.

Thanks to the Inara and Boris Teterev foundation the shelter can neuter feral cats for free. The shelter lends equipment for catching the cats, so people who want to see fewer cats dead on the streets only have to have initiative.

This winter the weather has been particularly warm, with migratory birds returning earlier and long-term forecasts saying that a lasting freeze isn't likely to return anymore.

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