Don’t breed problems for later – neuter now!
The UK’s leading feline welfare charity is urging cat owners to get their cats snipped or spayed as soon as possible saying it is the most effective way of controlling numbers of unwanted cats and kittens.
Cats Protection’s Swansea and District Branch works hard to try and find loving homes for every feline that comes into its care but one of the charity’s main aims is to encourage the neutering of cats and kittens to ensure there will be fewer unwanted felines in the future.
Neutering offers many solid benefits to cats and owners alike. A neutered cat is less likely to spray, less likely to roam and also less likely to fight. Neutering also helps guard against disease as fighting cats are more at risk of life-threatening diseases that can be transmitted through biting and saliva.
The charity believes that population control for cats is vital, as felines are prolific breeders. As one unneutered female cat could potentially produce up to 18 kittens a year, or 20,000 descendants over five years, owners who do not neuter their cats may unwittingly be contributing to more cats being abandoned in the future.
Cats Protection recommends that cats and kittens are neutered from around four months of age. Veterinary practices that neuter cats from four months of age can be found at www.cats.org.uk/what-we-do/neutering.
At present in the postcode areas of SA1 to SA10, there is a neutering scheme run jointly by National Cats Protection and R.S.P.C.A. Llys Nini whereby people on proof of benefits or low income can have cats neutered, microchipped, treated for fleas and worms for £5 per cat. Most vets in Swansea and Neath are in this scheme. Make an appointment with your vet in the normal way and say you want to get your cat neutered under the £5 scheme.
Below are some examples of kittens that we have rescued in a bad way and have been nursed back to health by a couple of our dedicated fosterers who have bottle fed them and administered the prescribed medication.
Orinoco along with siblings came from another small feral colony but their mother was run over and died. They needed bottle feeding as they were only 2 to 3 weeks old when rescued.
If anyone would like to become a fosterer please get in touch by one of the following methods:
Helpline: 0345 260 2101 (Mon to Sat)