With kitten season having started, RSPCA NSW is urging pet owners to desex their cats.
A drier and warmer than average end to the year is forecast for NSW, turning up the heat for sexually mature undesexed cats.
Every year, RSPCA NSW cares for 16,000 cats and kittens across the state. As the mercury rises, so does the number of kittens coming through the organisation’s doors.
During kitten season, feline intake at RSPCA NSW increases by eight times, up to 500 kittens each week. With so many kittens coming into their care, resources and staff are stretched to the limits providing nutrition, water, beds and veterinary care for all of them.
In just two years, a pair of undesexed cats can lead to a whopping 20,000 kittens. Desexing is vitally important to prevent not just unwanted pregnancies but to promote cat welfare generally.
A third of cats and kittens surrendered to RSPCA NSW are by owners not able to cope with the extra mouths to feed.
Moreover, desexed animals live longer, are less likely to get certain illnesses (such as uterine infections and mammary gland cancer), and experience a reduction in behaviour problems like roaming, aggression and urine marking.