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Spay or Neuter!

In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 cats.

Did you know?
Average number of litters a fertile cat can produce in one year: 3

Average number of kittens in a feline litter: 4–6

 

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An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

What is it?

Female cats (and dogs) are spayed by removing the ovaries and uterus. Male cats (and dogs) are neutered by removing the testicles. In both cases, the operation is performed by a licensed veterinarian while the pet is under anesthesia. 

There are many health and behavioral benefits to spaying or neutering cats

Why do it?

Spaying prevents the behavior and temperament problems associated with heat cycles. For example, intact females may vocalize excessively and show erratic behavior, (including aggression). Intact females are also more likely to roam and attract stray male cats.

Neutering males can help reduce competitive fighting, urine spraying to mark territory and losing cats due to accidents or simply from cats roaming too far from home.

Neutering helps reduce roaming, fighting and urine marking.

How to do it

While cats are under anesthesia for altering, microchip or other permanent identification can be applied, nails trimmed, ears and teeth cleaned, grooming done and other treatments without causing the pet pain or fear.

Even though anesthesia in not required for the placement of a microchip, why not spare your cat the discomfort?

In addition to the microchip, write your phone number on your cat's breakaway nylon collar that has an ID tag on the which should include a minimum of current phone numbers and your last name.

Neutering and Spaying helps reduce cancers of the reproductive organs.

 

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