Some of the kittens at the Nanaimo SPCA shelter (Photos: BCSPCA)
The SPCA in Nanaimo, BC says it has too many kittens.
"It's insane," Nanaimo SPCA manager Leon Davis told Nanaimo Daily News. "We have no room."
At the moment, the shelter has 65 kittens and 86 adult cats in its care. That's a lot more than the maximum number of cats it's designed to house: 38.
One reason for the surge in kittens might be a late start to warmer weather - the shelter was expecting little cats to start arriving in June, but the real surge happened this month.
Another reason for the jump in kitten populations is unspayed animals. A mature cat can have as many as three litters per year with up to five kittens each.
"Outdoor cats are the number one invasive species for decimating wildlife," said Davis. "When they're not spayed or neutered, that is just magnified so much because they're having kittens."
To help out with the overpopulation, the shelter has turned to local foster families and alternate adoption centres, The Province reports.
But lack of living space isn't the only problem caused by the kitten explosion. Shelter overpopulation can lead to outbreaks of disease and shortages of food and litter, especially since the SPCA provides foster homes with supplies while they're caring for cats.
Nanaimo isn't the only B.C. shelter that's experiencing a kitten spike - the BCSPCA announced last week that it has about 3,100 felines in its care across the province.
If you live in B.C. and you're interested in adopting a cat or kitten, visit the BCSPCA Pet Search page to see the animals in your area.