The Cat Protection Society of Victoria (CPSV) is urging cat owners to take advantage of discounted desexing rates as part of National Desexing Month in July, before the long breeding season begins in the warmer months.
CPSV is offering a 25 per cent discount on the cost of desexing services booked during July at its dedicated feline veterinary clinic.
CPSV Senior Veterinarian Dr Ann Enright said it was important for cat owners to consider desexing their cat or kitten this month before the breeding season begins to help prevent overpopulation, accidental litters and undesirable behaviours from both male and female cats.
“During National Desexing Monthin July, the National Desexing Network in conjunction with vet clinics around Australia offers discounted desexing prices to encourage pet owners to desex their cats and dogs,” said Dr Enright.
“CPSV is offering a 25 per cent discount on the cost of all desexing to cats and kittens that are microchipped. This will reduce the price to $112.50for females and $75 for males,” she said.
“At CPSV, we are committed to supporting this very important initiative and educating the public that desexing is part of responsible pet ownership. It’s part of our humane and compassionate approach to caring for cats in our community.”
Cats have a particularly long breeding season, beginning around September in Australia and continuing through until March.
During this time, female cats and kittens can become pregnant multiple times and deliver several litters, contributing to overpopulation and unwanted litters that sadly, often end up at animal shelters.
In 2018, the CPSV received 1,400 cats and kittens at its Greensborough shelter. It is estimated more than a third of these were kittens born from unwanted pregnancies.
“We also had cats surrendered to the shelter because they were pregnant,” Dr Enright said. “Some of these kittens find homes, others end up in animal shelters like ours or face life on the streets as strays.
“Kittens can become pregnant at around six-months-old, therefore it is good practice to have your kitten desexed early. Healthy kittens can be desexed from about 10-weeks-old.
“July is the perfect time to get your cat or kitten desexed before the start of the breeding season,” she added. “This will reduce their inclination to roam in search of a mate, get into fights and incur injuries.”
A female cat or ‘queen’ who is in heat can also be quite a handful for owners and considered a nuisance by the wider community. A queen who is in heat will do whatever it takes to find herself a tomcat, and she will breed with multiple males.
Cats in heat display challenging behaviours. They can vocalise with loud yowling, roll around on the ground and become agitated. This can go on for weeks at a time. Male tomcats competing for females can get involved in vicious fights, resulting in noisy neighbourhood brawls and serious injuries. Tomcats can roam for kilometres looking for a mate, becoming lost, or falling victim to car accidents or predators.
National Desexing Month was initiated by Animal Welfare League Queensland in 2005. Dr Joy Verrinder, AWLQ National Desexing Network Strategic Director, said: “Desexing provides many direct benefits to companion animals and their carers. Desexed animals are less likely to spray in and around the house or be injured while out looking for a mate. Desexed animals are more relaxed and affectionate and, generally, live longer and happier lives.”
Medical benefits to desexing your cat include preventing inflammation of the uterus (metritis), uterine infection (pyometra), ovarian cysts and reproductive system tumours.
The CPSV operates a dedicated feline private vet clinic staffed by an amazing team of compassionate vets and nurses, with specialist experience in caring for cats.
The Cat Protection Society of Victoria Vet Clinicis open to the public Monday to Friday between 10 and 4pm. To make a booking to desex your cat or kitten, or for a consultation, contact 03 8457 6504.
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