Vets at 'bursting point' as 16 cats flood in
UNWANTED and stray cats have filled a veterinary surgery to bursting point.
Milehouse Vets have 16 cats that desperately need re-homing and veterinary nurses say they are stuck in a "difficult situation."
The majority of the cats have been dumped or born at the vets. Staff joked that they had turned into a feline maternity ward after four heavily pregnant cats were given to them.
"It's worse than it's ever been," said veterinary nurse, Carrie Elliott.
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"The problem is people not spaying their animals and being left with a litter they don't want.
"We have an isolation block which should be used for animals that are sick but we are now having to use it for stray cats since there are so many.
"There are that many stray cats that they don't even have room at Gables or Woodside."
The vets is not established as a re-homing centre but has been left with the 16 cats and a couple of rabbits – often found by the RSPCA in bin liners needing medical attention.
Some of the cats will be taken to Gables Farm or Woodside as and when they have room. Ms Elliott said three were due to moved to one of the centres in the coming weeks.
She added: "Although it's not just cats, cats are a massive problem. It breaks my heart to have so many needing long-term loving homes.
"People aren't coming forward to re-home them and owners are not getting them spayed which makes this an endless cycle."
The nurse has herself re-homed a feral tom cat from the surgery – he was found in a box of other cats, one of which was dead.
She added: "It's just so sad. I stay often an hour after work just giving the cats lap time as that's what they need. But what we really need is for people to give them a loving home."
To re-home one of the Milehouse Vets' cats call the surgery on 01752 567567 to make an appointment.
In The Herald's appeal to re-home loving cats and dogs which are being cared for at Gables Farm, we featured Kizzy the 10-year-old cat who was one of the centre's longest serving animals having been there for 18months.
Following our appeal she was re-homed this week.Cheeky Alaskan Malamute, Big Daddy has also been reserved and interest has been made about Cuddles the Rottweiler.