It’s something that every pet owner has heard of but unfortunately not everyone prioritises – feline desexing. Yes, kittens might just be some of the cutest animals in existence, but the sad reality is that every year thousands of newborn furbabies are dumped at shelters and veterinary clinics simply because the owners don’t know what to do with them. The staff at AES are no stranger to this heartbreaking ordeal, which is why we are committed to pushing the message of desexing and how it is an essential component of responsibly taking care of your pet.
The run-down on desexing
Desexing is a quick and relatively inexpensive procedure that provides a number of health, behavioural and cost benefits for you and your feline friend. It plays an incredibly important role in keeping the cat population to a manageable level, and yet many pet owners do not consider it a priority.
The truth is that while this procedure will cost you initially, it will undoubtedly save you money in the long run. Caring for a litter of kittens can be costly when you add up the expenses of feeding them, vaccinating, microchipping and checkups. This, of course, is if all goes to plan, and you must keep in mind that any breeding has the potential for complications which you must also be prepared for both emotionally and financially.
At the end of the day, you don’t want to risk it; cats are notoriously successful breeders, and if your four legged female friend tends to roam the streets then it is more likely than not that she will become pregnant if you do not have her desexed.
But if you’re not convinced by the financial benefits, consider the fact that desexing your male or female cat can help them to lead a longer, healthier life. They will be less likely to get a range of cancers and it decreases their urge to wander and fight other cats, which often leads to injuries and infections and putting themselves in danger of being hit by cars on the street.
The bottom line
At the end of the day, choosing to care for a pet requires your full commitment to ensure that they lead the healthy and happy lives they deserve. Not only does desexing ensure the personal wellbeing of your furry friend, but it plays an important role in safeguarding your local community and pet shelters from the overpopulation of cats.
So do the right thing by your beloved furbaby and book them in for a desexing procedure at your local vet.