A crisis of kitties: Pandemic, animal control issues exacerbate cat overpopulation

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Two cats begin eating food from Joan Cudeback near Suisan in Hilo. Cudeback is one of the many people who have been taking care of a colony of cats near Liliu'okalani Gardens. Cudeback takes the cats to the vet when they seem sick and makes sure they are spayed or neutered.

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Frannie Pueo and Kay Tanaka stand together last week at Wailoa River State Park after speaking about Hui Pono Holoholona.

The Big Island’s stray and feral cat population has reached a “critical stage” because the COVID-19 pandemic and animal control problems have reduced spay and neuter opportunities and limited the intake of felines.