1 Undesexed Female Cat + 7 years = 420,000 Kittens…

One female cat and her off-spring can breed over a period of 7 years adding 420,000 new cats!! Did you know that cats can fall pregnant at four months of age and dogs at 5 months of age? Many cats and dogs are born “by mistake” because owners don’t get around to desexing them in time. The excuse by the Pet Shop or breeder is often that the animal is too young when it is sold. BUT ‘Early Age’ desexing at 2-4 months is perfectly safe and feasible! (And no puppy or kitten should be sold before 8 weeks at the very earliest.)
We believe that de-sexing of pets can and should be done at the point of sale. We would like this to become mandatory. We believe that the person who has bred the kitten or puppy should be responsible for desexing the pet, even if they simply add the fee to the price they are asking. At least the job is done and there are many, many health benefits for your pet!

Animal Welfare League, Queensland says….
Myth: You have to wait until 6 months to de-sex your pet
Fact: There are greater benefits from de-sexing between 2 – 4 months. Although traditionally 6 months was the age that most vets recommended, there has been significant research in the last twenty years to show that de-sexing between 2-4 months is actually just as safe and your kitten or pup will recover much more quickly than an older animal. There will also be no risk of an unwanted litter to add to the huge numbers of animals that currently have to be euthanized every year in Australia because there are not enough homes.

Early Age De-sexing (2-4 months) – The Benefits

  1. Animals live longer
  2. There is a sharp decrease in likelihood of cancers
  3. Younger animals recover much faster, with less bleeding during surgery and shorter surgery time
  4. There is increasing evidence that it has positive influence on socialisation and behaviour
  5. It helps reduce companion animal over-population and the euthanasia of healthy pets as cats can be pregnant by 5 months and dogs by 6 months
    http://www.awlqld.com.au/desexing.htm
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One thought on “1 Undesexed Female Cat + 7 years = 420,000 Kittens…

  1. Sarah Johnson August 15, 2009 / 5:37 pm

    This is a very irresponsible comment from the AWL. To say that animals live longer – how can they possibly know this for a fact? Speak to any responsible veterinarian and they will tell you that young animals need sex hormones to grow and develop properly, and there are just as many health problems from desexing too early as there are from waiting until at least six months.

    As a veterinary nurse with over 17 years experience and the director and founder of two successful animal rescue groups, I have seen hundreds of health problems caused by early desexing. These include incontinence (in female dogs under 2 years old), hormonal alopecia in both male and female cats which starts at an abnormally young age, decreased bone density and size of large breeds of dogs, delayed fusion of skeletal growth plates, urinary tract diseases and juvenile vaginitis. Not to mention the anaesthetic risk to young animals. Shelters like AWL have told me in the past that they have a zero mortality rate, but even surgery on adult dogs carries significant risks, regardless of the length of time that animals are ‘under’. I founded Ipswich aid for Animals in the early nineties, and over the next nine years our little group of volunteers placed over 12,000 animals. Every animal was placed with a desexing voucher, we sent reminders and made follow up phone calls and we achieved an 87% desexing rate.

    By saying that early desexing helps to reduce companion animal over-population and the euthanasia of health pets, the AWL is making the assumption that the general pet owning public are irresponsible. If every pet animal was sourced from a shelter such as the RSPCA or AWL, there would be absolutely no need for these shelters to euthanase at all, and yet they are both still killing healthy animals. Early desexing is nothing more than a money making practice for these organisations who are supposed to promote cruelty free practices.

    The cost of an animal from a major shelter is so extortionate that said shelters could never hope to achieve so-called responsible pet ownership by selling desexed juvenile animals, because the majority of the public cannot afford to purchase a pet from them.

    I would like to see this ‘significant research’ that promotes early desexing, as well as the source of their ‘increasing evidence that early desexing has a positive influence on socialisation and behaviour’.

    Early desexing is convenient, statistically pleasing and a cash cow for any refuge, animal shelter or pound that participates in this practice, and if it worked so well in reducing companion animal over population then why are the RSPCA and AWL still euthanasing healthy animals?

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