an­i­mal magic

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Dr Anne Fawcett Dr Anne Fawcett is a lec­turer in ve­teri­nary sci­ence at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney and a vet at Syd­ney An­i­mal Hospi­tals In­ner West. Read her blog: smal­l­an­i­maltalk.com

OVER the past cou­ple of decades, im­proved ur­ban an­i­mal man­age­ment has sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced the num­ber of stray an­i­mals.

In­creased mi­crochip­ping means that lost pets are eas­ily re­united with own­ers, as long as their details are up to date.

We’ve been a lit­tle slower to em­brace de­sex­ing, par­tic­u­larly with cats. Ca­nine over­pop­u­la­tion re­mains a prob­lem in some semi-ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas, but cats are an­other mat­ter.

Even to­day, be­cause of the num­bers of stray and semi-owned cats, the re­hom­ing rate of cats from shel­ters is much lower than for dogs. Add to this the fact that cats can go on heat as early as three and a half months of age and can have a lit­ter be­fore six months. Cats need our help.

Early age de­sex­ing is safe and helps re­duce the num­ber of un­wanted kit­tens ad­mit­ted to shel­ters. If you’re con­sid­er­ing adopt­ing a kit­ten, there are some strong ar­gu­ments for adopt­ing two.

You’re sav­ing an ad­di­tional life, and two kit­tens is def­i­nitely twice the fun. They have each other to en­ter­tain, play-wres­tle with, and snug­gle.

So if you’re have room for two cats, it’s great to adopt them at the same time. You’ll be glad you did.

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