Warm weather means kitten influx for SPCA

British kitten in autumn park, fallen leaves

If your cat has been a little more frisky than usual lately, you can blame the weather.

The SPCA is grappling with a huge influx of kittens and it says a warm autumn is the cause.

Balls of fluff climbing the SPCA walls is a seasonal issue that's usually well and truly over by now.

"It usually ends at March, but when I started last year in April they said it was still going full bore, and then even into May we've experienced exactly the same this year," says chief executive Andrea Midgen.

The summer breeding period for cats usually lasts around seven months, but this year it's nine months, and that's putting a lot of pressure on staff.

"It makes it really hard on the staff here because summer is our very, very busy time and no one gets to have a holiday or a break," says Ms Midgen. "It's pretty frantic."

SPCA Auckland usually receives around 50 kittens during the winter months, but in summer that number rises to around 500.

It's a total of about 5000 kittens per year, and Ms Midgen is hoping for some help.

"Help us out by fostering them. They sometimes need a little TLC before they're ready for adoption."


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