Nine of the UK’s animal welfare charities have joined forces to promote World Spay Day, aimed at encouraging cat owners to have their cats spayed. Spaying protects cats from getting pregnant – this is also known as neutering, fixing or being done.
Around 85 per cent of litters of kittens are unplanned, with many cat owners getting caught out because they did not realise their cats could get pregnant at less than six months of age – while still kittens themselves. In addition, many cat owners believe that female cats should be allowed to have a litter of kittens before they are spayed, but this isn’t true – it’s just an old wives’ tale.
The advice is simple – have your cat spayed at four months to protect her from getting pregnant.
Male cats should be neutered too, to protect them catching diseases, such as FIV and getting nasty injuries from fighting – a male cat which hasn’t been neutered is much more likely to fight over a female mate. Neutering can also help to stop male cats from spraying indoors – which can be really smelly. He’s also more likely to stay close to home as a neutered male cat is less likely to stray.
You may be able to get help with the cost of having your cat neutered. For more information, check out: http://www.cats.org.uk/worldspayday
- The Blue Cross
- Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
- Cats Protection
- Celia Hammond Animal Trust
- International Cat Care
- Mayhew Animal Home
- Wood Green Animal Charity
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