IT DOES not take much for things to get out of control if someone does not neuter their cats.
Sadly, Jan saw just such a horrendous situation at a house where the owner had too many pets and not enough time or affection for them.
She had let her cats breed and breed and had let everything get on top of her - 'no food, no water and absolute neglect', said Jan.
The woman allowed her to take six for rehoming, four of which had never been handled
Two went to our fosterer Pam while four went to the cattery.
Of this quartet, two tabby siblings Rosie and Jim (pictured right) were the most sociable - they were not hostile and allowed helpers to stroke them. But the poor cats had been shouted at and had objects thrown at them so they were still petrified.
Our helpers gave them plenty of TLC and hoped someone would offer them the time and patience they would need.
Their story on our website caught the eye of a client of Beresford Capps, the vet who kindly lets us have the cattery behind his surgery on Lee High Road.
When she realised the cats were there, it sealed her decision to offer them a new start. She had no other cats and was ready to give them all the love they needed to realise that the bad times were over.
Sadly, the other four from the house of horrors were very hostile because they were so scared.
They were kittens from one of the previous year's litters, aged about eigh
t months, but had not been socialised. It was heartbreaking that lack of care and handling had left them like this.
Being in a pen only made matters worse, despite the best efforts of volunteers. It was impossible to stroke them - they would have lashed out from fright and the close contact would have terrified them.
Brothers Scotty and Spock (pictured left) would just about tolerate someone in the pen to feed them and clean.
So Jan turned to her friends Terry and Chris, who do a wonderful job running the Happy Endings animal sanctuary near Faversham, Kent, and have great success finding homes for working cats.
They put Jan in contact with a lady who has a smallholding and was looking for young feral cats to be mousers. She offered to give the quartet a permanent home. It's the best outcome as the cats will have food and shelter while being free to roam without having to deal with humans unless they want to.
Meanwhile, their former owner was helped by vouchers from the RSPCA to neuter her remaining cats. Sadly, she refused to let any more be rehomed.
Jan said: 'That was such a shame, these cats deserve a better life than they have.' But at least we were able to help six and there will be no more kittens born into a life of neglect at the house of horrors.