Benefits of desexing your cat

There are a number of reasons for considering desexing your cat.

The City requires that all cats be desexed prior to being registered for the first time.

During the past four years many impounded cats/kittens have been at risk of being euthanized due to the low rate of re-homing these animals. Of the thousands of cats impounded, only a small amount of cats are claimed by their owner, a small number are re-housed resulting in a high number of impounded cats being euthanased.

These figures are a disturbing fact but one that may be controlled by desexing. Many responsible pet owners support the notion of desexing their cats.

Cats have the propensity to breed rapidly. Evidence indicates an undesexed female cat and her mate and their offspring can produce two litters each per year, with approximately three kittens per litter surviving. Based on this data, over a four year period, as many as 2,107 cats can be produced from the original pair.

Because of these numbers we strongly encourage cat owners to consider getting their cats desexed. In addition to preventing unwanted litters, desexing may result in a positive behavioural changes in your cat.

A desexed cat is less likely to:

  • Wander or run away, especially males.
  • Contract Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) (also known as Feline AIDS), through territorial fighting with other cats that may have the virus.
  • Develop certain type of tumours such as - uterine, ovarian and mammary (breast) cancer in females and possibly testicular cancer in males (less common).
  • Get into fights over territory or mating partners as mentioned above, this reduces injuries such as abscesses, car trauma and infected wounds which are often serious and sometimes fatal.
  • Anti social behaviour towards people or other animals, thus reducing the enjoyment of owning a pet and disrupting the human bond.
  • Spray or mark its territory, which is often the house. This often has the same effect as the point discussed above.
If you are having difficulties meeting the financial requirements of desexing, you may qualify for a financial assistance program that is offered at some organisations.

For further information contact visit the National Desexing Network online or telephone 1300 368 992.





Page last updated: Wednesday, 2 October 2019

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