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The RSPCA Wiltshire Mid Branch will be offering local cat owners help with the cost of neutering and, if undertaken in the same operation, micro-chipping, their pets to mark this year’s World Spay Day.
World Spay Day (now in its 25th year) falls on Tuesday 25th February. It is recognised by animal charities in nearly 70 countries worldwide.
In the UK the RSPCA and Cats Protection will join forces with several other well-known names to promote spaying/neutering programmes in order to improve the health and welfare of many hundreds of cats. Recent research has shown that 68% of litters of kittens in the UK are unplanned – and that some of these litters are born to cats which are just four months old.
Andrew Sheppard, RSPCA Wiltshire Mid Branch chairman said, “Cats can get pregnant while they are still kittens, which is why we advise that cats are spayed before they are four months old. It is worth remembering that cats and kittens will mate with other family members.
“Spaying, which is also known as neutering, fixing or being ‘done’ can prevent this and can also protect your pet from developing potentially deadly diseases of the ovaries and uterus.
“Many people believe that cats should be allowed to have a litter of kittens before being spayed, but this simply isn’t true, as any vet will confirm.
“Male cats also benefit from being neutered. It makes them less likely to roam and fight, thereby reducing the risk of injury, infected wounds and contracting diseases, including FIV – the feline equivalent of HIV.
“When your cat has been neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped at the earliest possible date it gives you peace of mind that you have done everything you can to ensure the welfare of your pet.
“Our excellent working relationship with Cats Protection Frome and District means that by working together on this campaign and other initiatives throughout the year we can greatly improve the lives of cats in the areas of Wiltshire and Somerset that we are jointly responsible for.”
The offer of free neutering and associated micro-chipping will run from 25th February until 30th April and is open to people living in Melksham and the surrounding areas.
To find out more please go to the RSPCA Wiltshire Mid website at: www.rspca. org.uk/local/wiltshire-mid-branch/, email at rspca firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07494 240622.