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  Unwanted cat problem 'worse in summertime'
Updated 23 July 2003, 14.55
Loads of people are abandoning their cats
Animals charities say more cats are being left homeless in the summer than at Christmas or New Year.

They often launch big campaigns around Christmas, warning people who are thinking of buying pets for presents about the responsibilities of looking after an animal.

Fact File
Cat facts
Cats have an unusually large number of babies
They can have up to five litters of kittens each year
Each litter usually contains up to six babies
In five years, one cat can be responsible for up to 20,000 others being born

Now it seems the problem is just as big in the summertime because loads of cats have kittens in the summer.

Often owners don't want to keep or find homes for the babies. And now so many people are abandoning their moggies, shelters are full to bursting point.

Animal charities are appealing for pet-lovers to give unwanted cats a new home to try to ease the problem.

Summer hols

Animal charities are trying to re-home the cats

The holiday season doesn't help, either.

Some people don't want to pay to put their pet in a cattery - a hotel for cats - while they are on their summer breaks.

Instead, they're dumping their cats. A group of 35 kittens was recently abandoned outside an animal shelter in Northern Ireland.

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