July marks National Desexing Month and the Cat Protection Society of Victoriais calling on all cat owners to desex their cats, to help them add to a cat’slife not litters

“Whilst all cats adopted through the Cat Protection Society are desexed, werecognise that not all cats and kittens are purchased through animal shelterslike ours and not all domestic cats available for sale or for homing are de-sexed or microchipped. This poses a significant risk to animal welfare and theenvironment as cats can have three litters a year, with an average of fourkittens per litter,” says Dr Peta Keown, Senior Veterinarian, Cat ProtectionSociety of Victoria. “Strategies to increase de-sexing rates and microchippingare therefore of paramount importance.”

There are 3.8 million pet cats in Australia and unspayed cats can suffer fromcertain types of cancers, behavioural problems, and cause damage to wildlife.

Aside from preventing accidental litters of kittens, there are many health andbehavioural benefits to desexing cats, including preventing roaming,preventing certain diseases and injury, and reducing territorial behaviours.

The Cat Protection has an in-house vet clinic, dedicated to felines only, andis open to the public. The vet clinic offers a high level of veterinarian careat affordable prices to help promote responsible cat ownership. For furtherinformation visit https://www.catprotection.com.au/vet-clinic/

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