While the idea of your cats or dogs producing litters of adorable kittens and puppies is exciting for some, multiplying cats and dogs is a major problem in Australia. There is no doubt that all Australian families love pets, but they don’t have the room to adopt the thousands of homeless dogs and cats living in shelters, which is why it is important for all families to desex their pets.
Many pet care foundations such as Australia’s RSPCA encourage early-age desexing (EAD) in cats and dogs, which means that puppies and kittens can now be desexed as young as eight weeks old. The reason why this has become such a hot topic is because of the 60,000-plus stray cats and dogs that are brought into the RSPCA every year looking for a new home. The recommended age for desexing used to be around five to six months of age, which left plenty of room for cats to produce litters as they can become pregnant at four months old. If families are intending to keep and breed litters of puppies and kittens then desexing is not necessary, but they need to be able to care for the hundreds of extra pets that will be around the house.
Some pet owners are justifiably concerned about their animals undergoing anaesthesia, experiencing changes in personality and the feeling that, like castrating people, desexing is inhumane. But it’s actually much kinder to your pets to have them desexed, as they are less likely to wander and be injured in fights and car accidents, and are less likely to suffer from a number of diseases including many cancers and acute uterine infections.
If you have your dogs and cats desexed it will not only eliminate their need to wander around looking for a mate, it can also potentially encourage more controlled behaviour patterns as opposed to erratic bouts of disobedience.
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