When schoolchildren away, cats do play


When the school year starts, demand for kittens at SPCA in Dunedin drops, resulting in a rise of the cat population at the shelter.

SPCA Dunedin animal care manager Hannah Hunsche said a “steady stream” of litters of kittens had been “surrendered” to the shelter since Christmas.

When The Star visited the shelter in Opoho last week, 14 kittens were available for adoption and another 20 kittens were “being processed” to get ready for adoption.

“It is this time of year when school goes back that adoptions drop.”

The drop in demand caused an oversupply of kittens at the shelter, she said.

SPCA Otago and Southland area manager Sophie McSkimming said the trend was due to families wanting to get a kitten when the children were home and had time to play with it.

Demand always dropped when children went back to school and spent less time at home.