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RSPCA offer free spaying service for cats

Lifestyle / Sat 11th Jan 2014 at 03:01pm

catsRSPCA Stort Valley Branch is launching a free spaying scheme in an effort to reduce the huge number of stray and unwanted pregnant cats.

The charity says last year was one of the worst on record and the situation is now at “crisis point”, with a big increase in the number of cats abandoned in the area and demand for foster places increasing dramatically.

It says cats are often neutered too late in life when they have already produced at least one litter of kittens and spaying is the only effective way to reduce the number of unwanted cats in the UK. The RSPCA recommends that cats be neutered at four months of age, before they start puberty, to prevent unplanned pregnancies

After spaying cats will be less likely to wander, stray or call and the chance of contracting some infectious cat diseases will be reduced, as will the likelihood of developing mammary tumours (breast cancers) or pyometra (life threatening womb infections).

To recognise that the cost of neutering deters some owners from spaying their pet, the charity is now offering free neutering vouchers for female cats, available, for a limited period on a “first come-first served” basis.

To qualify for this scheme, owners must live within the branch’s catchment area – from Saffron Walden to Broxbourne including Bishop’s Stortford, Harlow and the villages surrounding this corridor.

Peter Rason, chairman of the trustees of RSPCA Stort Valley Branch, said: “There are too many unwanted, unloved and stray cats needing a loving home. The single, most important, thing that you can do to reduce the overpopulation is to get your cat neutered.

“We are hoping this scheme will encourage those who cannot afford to get their cats spayed to do so in the coming weeks, which will reduce future strain on our resources and enable us to concentrate our funds where they are most needed.”

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