RSPCA NSW is urging pet owners to desex their cats with kitten season now onour doorstep.
A drier and warmer than average end to the year is forecast for our state,turning up the heat for sexually mature undesexed cats in your local area.
Every year, RSPCA NSW cares for 16,000 cats and kittens across the state. Asthe mercury rises, so does the number of kittens coming through our doors.
During kitten season, feline intake at RSPCA NSW increases by eight times, upto 500 kittens each week. With so many kittens coming into our care, ourresources and staff are stretched to their limits providing nutrition, water,beds and veterinary care for all of them.
In just two years, a pair of undesexed cats can lead to 20,000 kittens.Desexing is vitally important to prevent unwanted pregnancies and keeps yourbeloved feline friend healthy.
A third of cats and kittens surrendered to RSPCA NSW are by owners who werenot able to cope with the extra mouths to feed and 3,000 kittens aresurrendered annually from the homes they were born into.
Desexed animals live longer, are less likely to get certain illnesses (likeuterine infections and mammary gland cancer), and experience a reduction inbehaviour problems like roaming, aggression and urine marking.
Contact your nearest RSPCA Veterinary Hospital to book a desexing appointmenttoday.
If you are interested in adopting one of the many kittens that will come intoour care this kitten season, please get in touch with your nearest RSPCA NSWShelter or Petbarn and check out their unique profiles online atrspcansw.org.au/adopt.
All cats and kittens adopted from RSPCA NSW come desexed, microchipped,vaccinated and behaviorally assessed.
For more information about kitten season please see:
- Dropbox images and fact sheet
- RSPCA NSW YouTube video – Kitten season
- RSPCA NSW Kitten season blog post
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