Kitten crisis as warm weather has Britain's cats feline frisky
The unusually warm spring has made Britain's felines frisky — leading to a boom in the number of kittens being born.
And the sharp rise in the cat population means a looming crisis for animal rescue charities.
Experts from the RSPCA say the mild winter and spring weather has played havoc with pets' hormones.
Gill Lewis, who manages the animal welfare charity's kennels in Rayleigh, Essex, said: "The warm weather is putting a spring in the step of our feline friends.
"We are always looking for new homes for cats and kittens but this year the number of adult cats being given up and kittens being handed in is steadily increasing week on week.
"We really are at bursting point and desperately need people who can offer a cat or kitten a home to get in touch."
The kitten population doesn't usually peak until later in the year as feline ovaries become inactive during the shorter winter days with new litters usually arriving, at earliest, in late March.
But sunny days and warmer weather have seen mating happen throughout the warm winter and spring period producing an influx of kittens in February.
The rise has pushed charities to breaking point as people struggle to look after their pets in the current economic climate.
RSPCA south Essex branch volunteer Neil Fullbrook added: "We certainly do think the warm weather is a factor and, with this economic climate, many people seem to think just dumping their pets is the easiest option.
"We've been inundated with kittens being dumped. It's happening all over the place."
Source: The Sun