Sea­son to de­sex pets

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

My per­sonal soap­box is de­sex­ing, as we draw ever closer to the kit­ten sea­son. If you have a cat, get it fixed, fe­male or male. I’ve heard it all. ‘‘I’m not get­ting mine fixed, he can’t have kit­tens.’’

No he can’t but he can go out fa­ther­ing sev­eral sets at a time.

‘‘It’s so ex­pen­sive’’ is a fa­mil­iar cry; hav­ing to feed, worm and flea six kit­tens un­til they find homes is ex­pen­sive.

They had homes when they were tiny; now no-one wants them.

Cat fights caus­ing ab­scesses are ex­pen­sive; vets need to know eyes, ears, noses, and bones, groom­ing, sur­gi­cal and den­tistry – all rolled into one per­son.

Your lo­cal SPCA has all cats and kit­tens de­sexed be­fore they are re-homed, and also pups from 3 months up.

The same prin­ci­ples and rules ap­ply to dogs but the ex­pense is worse. By de­sex­ing your dog your reg­is­tra­tion is cheaper; you can ap­ply to the coun­cil to see if you qual­ify for an SOP.

Dogs are gen­er­ally bet­ter be­haved, there are no has­sles with male dogs vis­it­ing when fe­males are in sea­son. You do the math – one male to a fe­male, she has six to 13 pups to worm and buy food for, for sev­eral weeks to months. Other is­sues with dogs are vac­ci­na­tions for parvo virus which can be lethal es­pe­cially for un­vac­ci­nated an­i­mals. Liv­ing con­di­tions can cause prob­lems like mange – this needs di­ag­nos­ing as there are two main types. Choose an an­i­mal to suit your life­style.

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