Cat falls pregnant with kittens that have no heads as shocking impacts of Londoners failing to neuter pets revealed - petsitterbank

Cat falls pregnant with kittens that have no heads as shocking impacts of Londoners failing to neuter pets revealed

Abandoned unneutered cats are causing shocking levels of overbreeding and savage violence in London with females reportedly falling pregnant with kittens that have no heads or with deformed limbs. An animal rescue group in South London says centers like theirs are coming under enormous pressure to cope with the number of stray cats that have been abandoned across the capital after lockdowns

According to Wallington Animal Rescue (WAR), one cat was pinned down and raped by three Toms that bit chunks out of her and others have been found giving birth behind house extensions and garages. Cats have also been seen hobbling around without limbs while another was seen by members of the public with part of its face hanging off having been attacked by other feral cats.

Neil Blackwell, one of the co-directors of the center in Wallington, says the situation presents the “perfect storm” as owners fail to get their cats spayed and neutered – something which can be done free of charge for cat owners who qualify – then abandon them.

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This kitten had to have part of its legs amputated due to a deformity

WAR shared graphic details of the incidents it has seen in a post on Facebook to highlight the impacts of people not neutering and spaying their cats. The post mentioned one cat that is thought to have been repeatedly raped and has produced deformed kittens.

Neil told MyLondon that rescuers were called to a garage in Croydon where a cat had given birth to four kittens. He said: “As we said [in our Facebook post]putting it bluntly, [the cat] has probably been raped so many times. It’s unbelievable. So we managed to get the mother. We’ve got the four kids and their limbs were sort of pretty much intertwined with string and other bits and pieces. So they wouldn’t have been able to feed off mum. Mum was obviously a stray and was quite badly damaged.”

The director said the same scenario happened again but this time, one of the kittens didn’t make it and another lost parts of its legs. He said: “Mum had given birth behind an extension on the back of the house. Again all the legs were intertwined. They were taken straight to the vet but two of the legs had already died sadly.”



A kitten born to a female cat that had been repeatedly raped by Feral Toms
A kitten born to a female cat that had been repeatedly raped by Feral Toms

Neil says that the center has a strict policy to “never euthanise” an animal even in a case where the cat’s face had been seriously disfigured after half of it was ripped off in an attack by other cats. However, when dealing with vulnerable and unneutered cats, they often fight other cats and can contract the feline version of HIV.

The co-director said: “We’ve got another cat Leonardo, who we’ve been trying to train for two months following multiple reports from residents with a cat that had his face hanging off. After two months, we managed to catch it and it’s not the world’s happiest cat, so it’s slightly feral which makes it even more difficult to get home.

“Unneutered males in this sort of public area can catch FIV which is the feline version of HIV. Once they’ve got that they can pass it on to other cats and the kittens. Any cat that comes into us that is an FIV then needs to remain an indoor cat for the rest of his life.”

But Neil says that cat owners can get their cats neutered for free if they qualify as being on low income and benefits, something which saves rescue centers like his “a fortune every year”. Neil said: “We give out vouchers. The London C4 scheme operates within the M25. Essentially, it’s an amalgamation of the Mayhew, Wood Green, RSPCA and cancer protection league that allows rescues like ours to get spayed and neutered and free of charge, which saves us a fortune every year. They give out vouchers to the public if they want them. But it’s getting that message out there and getting the C4 scheme out there and making people aware.”

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