21/02/2016 - Spay Attention! This is important...
The 14th of February may be the day to celebrate love, but the date that shows how much we care for our cats is Tuesday 23rd February - World Spay Day!
Spay Attention! This is important.
World Spay Day aims to raise awareness of the benefits of neutering for cats and we are marking the occasion with a multi-pronged approach!
Vets and Vet Nurses, from our RSPCA Bristol Clinic, will be out in force, running a road show at Broadwalk Shopping Centre on Tuesday the 23rd February, where they will be putting public knowledge to the test. Our team have devised a 'True or False' game, aimed at dispelling popular myths associated with cat neutering. Bristol shoppers will be challenged to have a go at the quiz to see if they know their feline facts from folklore, and there will be a free prize raffle to encourage people to get involved - why don't you pop along and have a go yourself!
We are also launching a World Spay Day “special offer” – for a limited time, eligible low-income cat owners will be able to get female cats neutered (spayed) AND microchipped at our RSPCA Bristol Clinic (St Philips) for just £10.
Veterinary Manager at our RSPCA Bristol Clinic, Mandy Stone, said: “We want to raise awareness with pet owners that spaying kittens before puberty is an important part of responsible cat ownership, and shows just how much you care about both your own kitten and cat welfare in general.”
The RSPCA advises that female cats should be spayed at four months old - the age at which they start to attract the attention of tomcats and can get pregnant.
Mandy Stone said: “When a cat comes into season her hormones will give off signals that she wants to mate - and she will attract local tomcats. This can happen while she’s still very young so it’s important to have your cat spayed early – ideally by four months - and before she is allowed outside.
“A common misbelief is that cats should be allowed to have a litter of kittens before being spayed - this just isn’t true. In fact, the sooner a cat is spayed and fully vaccinated, the sooner she is able to be let outdoors, to enjoy life without being pestered by tomcats.
“Male cats that haven’t been neutered are also more likely to roam and fight, putting them at risk of injury, infected wounds and contracting diseases, including
FIV - the feline equivalent of HIV.”
As well as getting out and about, we have a social media campaign set for release, carrying the title 'Spay Attention!’ Katie Love, Fundraising and Communications Manager at the RSPCA Bristol Branch said, 'Our social media accounts have the potential to reach hundreds of thousands of people - in a short space of time. We'd like to get all of our supporters behind the cat neutering campaign, to dispel as many myths about cat neutering as we can! Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages on Tuesday 23rd February to see what we have got in store for World Spay Day!'
Our staff at Bristol Dogs and Cats Home are preparing for the spring “kitten
season”, when we start to see the results of unplanned feline pregnancies flooding in.
Home Manager Jodie Hayward said: “We get kitten after kitten abandoned in boxes or handed over to us because homes couldn’t be found.
“Often it seems people imagine their litter doesn’t count, especially if they think they have homes lined up for them.
“But the truth is, every single kitten born adds to what is a cat population crisis in this country, and anyone who cares about cats should get their cat neutered”.
Anyone wishing to find out more about the RSPCA Bristol Clinic’s £10 cat spay offer will need to call the Clinic on 0117 9724567 to find out if they are eligible (living on a low income or in financial hardship).
To find out all about our cat neuturing facts and information, visit our World Spay Day event page!
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