‘Not Again!”… That’s this years’ theme for National De-sexing Month and we’re all being asked to heed the message and act to prevent unwanted animal breeding.
Animal Welfare League Qld’s National De-sexing Network Strategic Director Dr Joy Verrinder says once the cat breeding cycle starts, it is difficult to stop.
“That’s why we recommend de-sexing cats prior to puberty at 8-12 weeks of age. Cats can also be pregnant from 4 months of age.”
“Dogs can have a litter of 5-8 puppies a year, and cats can have 2-3 litters a year.”
“There are also many other benefits from de-sexing pets, both to the pets themselves and their owners.”
Dr Verrinder says de-sexed pets are less likely to spray in and around the house or be injured while out looking for a mate.
“They are often more relaxed and affectionate and, generally, live longer.”