02:11PM, Sunday 01 March 2015
Battersea Dogs and Cats Home is encouraging cat owners to get their pets spayed in order to protect them from developing dangerous diseases.
The home, which is part of the Cat Population Control Group (CPCG), emphasises that not only does spaying protect pets from getting pregnant, it can also prevent some forms of cancer and infections.
Male cats who have not been neutered are also more likely to roam and fight, putting themselves at risk of injury and contracting infections including FIV, the feline equivalent of HIV.
In a survey carried out by CPCG, 60 per cent of cat owners whose pet had kittens would not repeat the experience.
Giving up the kittens was revealed as one of the most challenging things to do, with 52 per cent saying they found it difficult to find good homes.
However 12 per cent admitted they had to rely on animal rescue centres to take the kittens in.
“Cat owners can have a romanticised view of letting their cat have kittens but the reality of looking after the litter can be very different,” said Nicola Martin, a spokesperson for the CPCG.
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