28/02/2017 - World Spay Day!
World Spay Day!
Tuesday 28th February 2017
World Spay Day is the day where rescue organisations the world over, come together to promote the benefits of, and need to, have female cats spayed in a timely fashion.
Spay because you care
Busting myths and giving you the facts!
Getting your cat spayed - the facts: (also known as 'fixing', 'neutering' or 'being done')
MYTH: “My pet will get fat and lazy”
FACT: The truth is that most pets become overweight and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don't give them enough exercise.
MYTH: “It's better to have one litter first”
FACT: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.
MYTH: “My children should experience the miracle of birth”
FACT: Even if children are able to see a pet give birth—which is unlikely, since it usually occurs at night and in seclusion—the lesson they will really learn is that animals can be created and discarded as it suits adults. Instead, it should be explained to children that the real miracle is life and that preventing the birth of some pets can save the lives of others.
MYTH: “But my pet is a pedigree”
FACT: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many cats—mixed breed and purebred.
MYTH: “I don't want my male cat to feel like less of a male”
FACT: Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
MYTH: “But my cat is so special, I want a kitten just like her”
FACT: A cat may be a great pet, but that doesn't mean her offspring will be a carbon copy. Professional animal breeders who follow generations of bloodlines can't guarantee they will get just what they want out of a particular litter. A pet owner's chances are even slimmer. In fact, an entire litter of kittens might receive all of a pet's (and her mate's) worst characteristics.
MYTH: “It's too expensive to have my pet spayed or neutered”
FACT: The cost of spaying or neutering depends on the sex, size, and age of the pet, your veterinarian's fees, and a number of other variables. But whatever the actual price, spay or neuter surgery is a one-time cost—a relatively small cost when compared to all the benefits. It's a bargain compared to the cost of having a litter and ensuring the health of the mother and litter; two months of pregnancy and another two months until the litter is weaned can add up to significant veterinary bills and food costs if complications develop. Most importantly, it's a very small price to pay for the health of your pet and the prevention of the births of more unwanted pets.
MYTH: “I'll find good homes for all the kittens”
FACT: You may find homes for all of your pet's litter. But each home you find means one less home for the cats in shelters who also need good homes. Also, in less than one year's time, each of your pet's offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population. Can you absolutely guarantee hand on hard that every single kitten you rehomed to your “friends” will get the kitten neutered when they are old enough? The problem of pet overpopulation is created and perpetuated one litter at a time. It could be argued why you need to concern yourself with this problem? Well, one day you may need the help and assistance of your local rescue, but they won't be able to help because they are overburdened with kittens. Think about it…! By making sure cats are neutered at the appropriate age, you are helping a rescue in their quest to reduce the number of unwanted kittens in the UK and are able to help the cats that need it the most, those at the vets due to be put to sleep, the ill and elderly the ones that have lost their homes, the stray that hasn’t had a home in his life.
It really is very simple, by getting your cat neutered when it reaches the appropriate age you save the “lives” of many other puss cats out there, and any true animal lover would surely wish that.
Information in Myth Busters – ‘getting your cat spayed’ credited to Cats Protection Canterbury & District Branch