March is the kickoff for kitten season each year and by the time October finally rolls around it feels like Kitten Season will never end. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Responsible pet ownership includes spaying and neutering for all pets, especially in the country where so many domesticated animals roam free. So many cats and kittens are euthanized every year that it just makes sense to spay and neuter while they are still young. Did you know that kittens can be neutered and spayed as young as 12 weeks old (1.5 lbs or more)? In fact, an early surgery is better for them, because kittens recover more quickly when young.
If left unchecked, a single pair of cats will produce an estimated 1-8 kittens per litter and 2-3 litters per year. During her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens. A single pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just 7 years. This is an amazing number of kittens by anyone’s standards and constitutes a serious community emergency.
Even though it is against the law and is a considered a felony, some people who live in the country will shoot and kill or wound companion animals that are left to wander unchecked. Un-neutered male cats are the worst offenders when it comes to wandering great distances in search of females. They cry and yowl unceasingly which is enough to annoy many people. They spray strong-smelling urine to mark their territory and they fight other cats. If you’ve never been awakened in the middle of the night by a cat fight outside your house, the horrifying sounds are enough to make your blood run cold. Wandering animals are the frequent cause of vehicular accidents and they also prey on local wildlife and birds.
In the U.S., there are an estimated 6-8 million homeless animals entering animal shelters every year. Barely half of these animals are adopted. Tragically, the rest of them are euthanized. Surprised?
If you think that you’ll be able to give away your kittens during Kitten Season, think again. If you are so lucky as to find homes for them, what happens to them after they leave your house? What about the next time your unaltered cat gives birth? Those kittens might be cute, but uncapped numbers put a strain on any community resources, especially if they eventually wind up at the animal shelter.
Nationwide, more than 2.7 million healthy, adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters annually. And the only effective birth control for dogs and cats is to spay and neuter your pets. It’s the only permanent, 100 percent effective method of birth control for dogs and cats.
Call 828-649-9798 for more information or to make an appointment for your cat or kitten. Office hours Monday and Wednesday 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM; Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM; Closed Friday.
Source: The Humane Society of the United States, Fun Facts at the Fayette Humane Society, SpayUSA.org