This kitten season, we had a massive amount of kittens and mothers come through our shelter. We have found homes for over 200 of those kittens, and many of their mothers have also found forever homes. There have been Mama Soup and her kittens, The Bobs Burger Crew, Stranger Things Babies, and Sweet Pea with her veggie kittens, just to name a few. One thing all these cats have in common is that the mothers (quite obviously) were not spayed and ended up with a litter of kittens.
An unhealthy pattern is forming, and that pattern is that every year, kitten season gets more hectic, increasing the number of cats and kittens coming through our doors. This is why at Town Cats we make sure that all of our cats and kittens are spayed or neutered before we send them to their furever homes.
Why spay and neuter your cats? Below are a few facts about spay and neutering that will help show you why it’s so important.
- Cats can become pregnant as young as FOUR months old.
- A fertile cat can produce an average of three litters in one year.
- Up to 4,948 kittens can be born from one unspayed female cat and her offspring in seven years.
- Spaying/neutering your pets is highly cost-effective. The cost of your pet’s spay/neuter surgery is far less than the cost of having and caring for a litter.
Benefits to spay/neuter
- Spaying and neutering can extend a cat’s life.
- A Banfield Pet Hospital study found that neutered males live an average of 62 percent longer than unneutered cats and spayed females live an average of 39 percent longer than unspayed cats.
- Spaying prevents uterine infections and decreases the incidence of breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats.
- Neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer and some prostate problems.
At Town Cats, we believe that all cats deserve a healthy life filled with love. Ensuring that our feline friends are spayed/neutered can help them live longer, healthier lives and reduces the number of mama cats and kittens at risk of euthanasia in overcrowded shelters.
If you have questions or want more information about spay and neuter, visit the spay and neuter portion of our website: https://www.towncats.org/towncats/spay-neuter/