De­sex­ing dis­counted

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Cat own­ers can help lower the pop­u­la­tion of un­wanted kit­tens dur­ing a $10,000 South Waikato de­sex­ing cam­paign.

The cam­paign starts on Novem­ber 1 and runs un­til the money runs out.

It is open to pri­vate in­di­vid­u­als only and the SWSPCA is ask­ing for a $10 do­na­tion per cat. A de­sex­ing op­er­a­tion usu­ally costs ap­prox­i­mately $85 for a fe­male cat.

SWSPCA chair­per­son San­dra Har­ing­ton-Frost said: ‘‘This is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple who have large num­bers of cats to have them de­sexed and we hope that the com­mu­nity will make the most of it and come along.’’

The de­sex­ing op­er­a­tions will be car­ried out by South Waikato Vets in Pu­taruru and Toko­roa.

There are many ben­e­fits to de­sex cats in­clud­ing help­ing to stop over­pop­u­la­tion.

De­sex­ing re­duces the risk of can­cer or other dis­eases of the re­pro­duc­tive or­gans.

Fe­male cats can suf­fer from phys­i­cal and nu­tri­tional ex­haus­tion if con­tin­u­ally breed­ing and de­sexed cats will gen­er­ally live longer and health­ier lives.

Cats are less prone to wan­der and fight.

De­sex­ing re­duces the cost to the com­mu­nity of un­wanted kit­tens be­ing cared for by ser­vices such as the SWSPCA and there is an eth­i­cal cost when kit­tens are dumped.

The num­ber of de­sex­ing op­er­a­tions SPCA can fund with the $10,000 is limited so cat own­ers want­ing to take part in the cam­paign must reg­is­ter with South Waikato Vets in Pu­taruru on 883 3018, Toko­roa 886 6413.

CAT CARE: The SPCA is of­fer­ing dis­counted adop­tions on Satur­day and a large sub­sidy on cat de­sex­ing dur­ing Novem­ber as it tries to lower its pop­u­la­tion of aban­doned an­i­mals.

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