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Why We Need Animal Desexing To Control The Population Of Cats And Dogs?

May 16th, 2019 |      0 comments

Just when is it really too much? We’ve all heard of that story of a woman having 12 cats upwards and counting. She probably went mad after getting one too many. Cats are prolific breeders and left unchecked, one cat can have up to 200,000 descendants in one year!

That’s a lot of cats! No wonder they’ve overtaken the number of dogs worldwide.

Clearly, something has to be done to ensure this does not happen.

One of the things that can stress pet lovers out is having to take care of too many pets. Sure, we’d love to have a whole menagerie of animals and some would say they’d be happy to have a zoo. The only thing is: places with these much animals have a lot of people taking care of a lot of chores, tasks and responsibilities.

So how do you prevent getting overrun by your pets?

Any responsible pet owner would have their pet desexed to prevent any accidental breeding. Desexing is also known as neutering, spaying, fixing, altering, castrating, sterilising, any operation done to remove the ability to produce offspring falls under desexing.

For some people, this is cruel. To us, its a sign of responsibility as you are not contributing to the massive population explosion of animals in the world. Check any shelter today and you’ll find hundreds of abandoned animals and strays. That does not include dogs and cats found on the streets.

The need to control animal population starts with each and every responsible pet owner. We help owners decide and carry out the necessary operation.

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How Old Should My Pet Be Before I Have It Desexed?

The most popular animals that get desexed are cats and dogs. We’ll focus on those for now and we can discuss the rest when you visit us if you have a different type of pet in your household.

It is advised to desex cats and dogs as young as possible, preferably before they reach sexual maturity. For cats, this means around 3 to 4 months old while for dogs, 6 months. Older animals receiving the same operation don’t seem to have any problem.

Female animals should be desexed once they enter the heat stage. For most cat owners with desexed female cats, this is a relief as felines in heat can create a lot of noise. Especially female cats.

What changes should I expect from my pet once the desexing is done?

One of the things most pet owners notice once their pets have been desexed is the quieter, calmer and more placid nature they seem to take on post operation. There is no real major change other than that and the lack of ability to produce offspring.

There are instances where pets seem to have an increased appetite but this information has yet to be confirmed as there are many factors that contribute to that effect.

At Integrity Animal Care, we discuss desexing thoroughly with each and every pet owner to ensure that this is what they want. Benefits will be discussed at length to ensure that the total advantages of neutering or spaying outweigh any disadvantages.

For more info, give us a call or visit us at our clinic. You can also read more about Desexing at our Desexing page.


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