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World Spay Day

23 February 2016
World Spay Day News Release
Date of Issue: February 2016
Local pet owners urged to take advantage of low cost neutering this World Spay Day

Just 15% of cat owners whose animals had kittens had planned for them, according to new figures from the vet charity PDSA*. The charity, along with eight other charities which make up the Cat Population Control Group** are now urging cat owners to get their animals spayed. The CP in Midwarwickshire is marking this year’s World Spay Day (Tuesday 23 February) by offering discount neutering for local cats. For the duration of February, cats in the Midwarwickshire catchment area can have their cats neutered for free at participating vets. Research from the latest PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report suggests that many pet owners are left literally ‘holding the baby’ due to the rate of unplanned litters, so the timing of spaying is crucial - kittens can be spayed from four months. “Cats can get pregnant while they are still kittens, which is why we advise that cats are spayed before they start to venture outdoors, said Chris Osborne, Midwarwickshire Branch Co-Ordinator. “Many people believe that cats should be allowed to have a litter of kittens before being spayed, but this simply isn’t true - the sooner a cat has been spayed, vaccinated and microchipped, the sooner she can do all the things cats enjoy doing, like exploring the outside world. “Crucially it also gives you as the owner peace of mind that you have done everything you can to ensure the welfare of your pet.” The CPCG has revealed the four simple steps to give your kitten the best possible start in life:

At eight weeks (or as soon as you get your kitten) Register your new kitten with a vet as soon as possible - give them a call and book them in for a checkup and vaccinations.

At nine weeks: First vaccinations - to protect them from disease At the same time your vet will give your kitten a health check - your vet will let you know which treatment for flea and worms is best for your kitten.

At three months: Second vaccinations - to boost their immune system as they get ready to explore life outdoors.

At four months: Spayed or snipped - to protect girls from getting pregnant and prevent boys from roaming and reduce the risk of being hit by a car, as well as reducing the risk of developing serious conditions And microchipped - to give your kitten the best possible chance of coming home should they get lost .

Once your kitten has been wormed and de-flead, vaccinated, spayed or snipped and microchipped, they’ll be ready to start exploring the outdoors. For more information about World Spay Day and neutering events in your area please visit www.cats.org.uk/worldspayday

 Notes *Source: PDSA Animal Wellbeing (PAW) Report 2015 **The Cat Population Control Group comprises Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, the Blue Cross, Cats Protection, Celia Hammond Animal Trust, International Cat Care, The Mayhew Animal Home, PDSA, RSPCA, Wood Green – The Animals Charity