Thursday 3 April 2014

There’s less than a month left to take advantage of the RSPCA and Cats Protection spring neutering scheme in North Wales.

The charities are working together to offer low income households the opportunity to have their cats neutered for free in a bid to reduce the number of unwanted cats and kittens that the charities strive to find homes for every year, a figure which is currently in excess of 50,000.

Unneutered female cats can get pregnant from as early as five months old and are able to continue to produce two litters of four kittens twice a year for the remainder of their adult lives.  Both charities have long advocated the neutering of all cats and kittens not required for breeding as the only realistic way to control the growing UK cat population and the associated problem of unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens that can end up in the charities’ care.  However, the charities say that despite many cat owners wanting to do the best for their pets by having them neutered, the relative cost of neutering today may be beyond the reach of low income families.

RSPCA branch support specialist, Carl Lloyd said “By working together and sharing the cost of this scheme, we wanted to make sure that cost wasn’t a reason why caring cat owners couldn’t protect their much loved pets from unwanted pregnancies.”

The charities recommend that pet cats are neutered at four months of age or younger, before they start puberty, to prevent unplanned pregnancies. It is just as important to neuter male cats as statistics show that neutered males are more home-loving, are less likely to be involved in car accidents and are healthier and more affectionate.

Anyone wishing to take advantage of this limited offer should contact their local RSPCA or Cats Protection branch.

As the scheme is being entirely funded by local charities, donation buckets will be available at all participating vets to accept any contribution towards the cost of neutering.

A full list of participating vets can be found on the web at www.colwyn.cats.org.uk or www.rspca.org.uk/local/clwyd-and-colwyn-branch or http://www.rspca.org.uk/local/aberconwy-branch.