Because of the number of kittens I’ve rescued lately, their fosters/adopter moms have asked when is the right time to get them spayed/neutered - Here are some interesting facts:
Q: Is it OK to spay my cat when she’s just a kitten?
Cats can go into heat very early. They can have a litter at six months of age, and they can have three litters a year. Also, if you’ve ever been around a cat in heat, you know it’s miserable for people. They yowl loudly and continuously. They want to get out. It really alters their behavior. And every unneutered male cat in the neighborhood will be at your house spraying your front door. Your whole house will reek of cat spray. It is a really regrettable experience
Q: It can cost more than a $100 to get a cat spayed or neutered. I can’t afford that. What can I do?
A: There are a lot of low-cost options all over the country. ASPCA keeps a database of them on its web site. You can put in your zip code and find all of the options within a certain radius. Click on the "pet care" tab and look for the low-cost and free spay/neuter database.
I plan on bringing Cricket in for a spay soon. He is going on the 12-week mark and its time. There are places where for just under $100, you get can your kitty spayed or neutered, and all of its shots. And if you are very low income or live in the city, you can get your cat spayed for free! You just have to do a little digging to find out. It makes me sick when I hear someone say, “oh, it costs too much to have Fluffy fixed, so I just let her have kittens and we give them away.” Sick. And I do hear it all the time. People are just plain ignorant. There are so many animals being killed in shelters all over the world because of overcrowding, because of people like this. And if they aren’t in the shelters, I am feeding them in your own back yard. Please do the right thing. Spay or neuter your pet.
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