Desexing your kitten or cat
In Australia, many animals are born because of unplanned breeding. Tragically, each year, RSPCA shelters take in around 160,000 animals nationally, many of which are the result of unplanned breeding. Desexing your kittens or cat will prevent accidental litters, and therefore unwanted pets, many of which don’t find loving homes.
Cats are prolific breeders. They begin their reproductive cycle as young as 5 months of age. They can have an average 2-3 breeding seasons a year and produce up to 3-5 kittens per litter.
Benefits of desexing your cat:
• Desexed cats are at less risk of developing cancer or other related problems
• Councils offer pet owners cheaper registration for desexed cats
• Cats that are not desexed will try get out of your home to mate with another cat – which can be a threat to their safety
• Desexed cats are less likely to roam or to fight with other cats
• Desexed cats can be calmer
Kittens can be desexed from the age of eight weeks. This ensure they cannot produce any unwanted litters. Surgery is a relatively simple process with a quick recovery time.
Deciding to desex your kitten or cat
The first step is to talk to your vert. They will be able to help you with the decision based on the needs of your pet. They will also be able to explain the process and enable you to ask any questions. You can also discuss cost (price can vary depending on your pet).
After the procedure, you may need to keep your cat indoors while the incision heals.
If you’re considering having your kitten or cat desexed, make the first step and visit your vet to discuss the options. You also find out more about the procedure here
Remember that desexing your cat is for the benefit of your pet, and part of being a responsible pet owner.