Cat shelters are struggling to stay afloat as an “overwhelming” kitten baby-boom ravages Tāmaki Makaurau, Newshub reports. 9 Lives Orphanage is receiving multiple calls a day alerting them to sick, injured and homeless strays. They currently have over 300 cats in their care and have covered vet bills exceeding $23,000 since the beginning of the year. The boom is partially attributed to the halt of “non-emergency” vet visits during the lockdowns. The limited availability of vets who were desexing cats has led to an explosion in the cat population.