Jakarta Dealing with Cat Overpopulation

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Jakarta’s Fisheries and Food Security Agency (KPKP) addressed its current issue of cat overpopulation, which according to the agency’s data is over 30,000. This number is deemed too much and will force the agency to control and suppress its growth.

    “We have vaccinated 19,753 cats as of January to October of 2018,” said Sri Hartati, Head of KPKPs livestock and animal health division at her office on Thursday, November 15. 

    Sri called for domesticated cat owners to maintain their pet’s health and avoid letting the cats wander in public areas that may potentially cause public disruption. She further explained that the KPKP agency had routinely sterilized a number of cats for the past year. 

    According to Irma Budiany from the East Jakarta KPKP Agency, the area in Jakarta that houses the largest population of cats are spread in East Jakarta and South Jakarta. Irma also suggests castration in order to slow down the growth of cats.