STRAYS & FERALS

by / Tuesday, 18 October 2011 / Published in News Archive, Small Animals
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Reasons for de-sexing your cat

What’s his future?

This little stray was handed in to one of our Vet Cross clinics after being found abandoned in a drain near a local caravan park, his mother was nowhere to be found although he was still reliant on her for milk and his eyes were barely open .

His future, but for a kind animal lover, would have been a miserable, lonely death in a cold dark drain.

This is the sad and depressing side of Veterinary practise and the frustrating thing is that it can easily be avoided.

The amount of stray and feral cats that are put to sleep each year would shock most people and in the majority of cases it’s simply because they weren’t de-sexed.

Cats suffer the most when left un-desexed. They start off as great little kittens and soon become part of the family but it’s not long before the urge to wander is too strong and they are gone and in many cases they don’t come back.

A tom (entire male) is more unlikely to return home as his search for females keeps him constantly wandering. Cats are notoriously territorial, consequently fights will and do happen, often with a de-sexed cat minding his/her own business in his/her
own yard.

Cat fight wounds are regularly treated in all our Vet Cross clinics many of them serious and requiring hospitalisation, not only is it terribly traumatic for the pet but also for the owners, there is also the risk of cat AIDS that is carried from infected
cats through fight wounds and the majority of stray and feral cats are feline AIDS carriers.

Car accidents are equally as frequent among stray and feral cats and the outcome is often not good.

A female cat (Queen) and her offspring left to breed, in 7 years, can be responsible for 420,000 kittens!!

When you look at these statistics the choice shouldn’t be hard.

Talk to one of our teamat Vet Cross about doing the right thing.

 

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