ACR has seen first hand what this negligence can do....if you can’t commit to the vet bills etc just don’t get a pet....simple!!!

If it reaches one person its worth it

3 Tom cats tormenting a un-neutered female cat.

Mating season has started. Hormones are flying high in the feline world.

Why should I get my girl cat neutered?

They can become pregnant from 16 weeks old! 16 weeks.

Just babies themselves. Their bodies can't cope. And if they get pregnant time and time again, the chances of troublesome pregnancy increases......

Needing urgent expensive caesarean
Deformed kittens (missing limbs, short tails)
Still births
Death in birthing

Your female cat....... if your female is pregnant, during her pregnancy she may need up to 4 x her usual food intake to ensure she, and her growing kittens are well.

Kittens and mummy cat will eat anything from 4-8 tins of food A DAY to keep strong and grow. (Dependent on litter size)

Once born, the Kittens will need flea and wormers. Wormer at 4,6,8 and 10 weeks to avoid FATAL diseases.

Siblings, (Brothers and sisters), can start to mate and reproduce from 16 weeks old. Siblings reproducing can result in awful deformities.

Mummy cat can get pregnant again, once her Babies are 4-5 weeks old...........

MUMMY CAT CAN GET PREGNANT AGAIN, ONCE HER BABIES ARE 4 WEEKS OLD!!!

Let that sink in..... do not let her out, until she is neutered!

Males:

Their pee, if not done, STINKS! it does!

They will SPRAY, they will ROAM, often GET LOST, they WILL FIGHT.

Un-neutered males, fighting, not only are at high risk of injuries, bite wounds, needing ANTI-BIOTICS and expensive vet care, they are also very prone to FIV (Cat version of HIV) transmitted through deep bite wounds.

Lastly, your local rescue and ALL rescues in the Uk and abroad, are bursting at the seams of unwanted cats and kittens... many in some organisations, are euthanised.

Please, do not put your cat at risk. Please, do not add to the problem of so many needing homes.

Neuter is a quick and simple solution.

Your local rescue, cats protection league etc can help you part fund the neuter if you contact them.

The solution is simple, the outcome, if you do NOTHING, is seriously cruel and unnecessary.

Please, this week, take the steps and get your cat done!

They will thank you, they will feel happier, they will be safe.

Pet Safety - Please watch this video to keep your cat safe.

Pet Safety … There's so many hazards in and around your home, purrlease do whatever you can to keep your fur babies safe! Remember prevention is better than cure :)

The Benefits of Cat Neutering

Just like his big cat cousins, your male kitten will have a natural urge to spray and mark his territory. And a female kitten “in season” will probably be noisy and restless, squirming and rolling around on the floor.

Neutering will help prevent this behaviour. Even better, it also has long-term health benefits.

When to neuter (great video)

The best time to neuter your kitten – male or female – is at around 4-6 months old. This is the time when that cute little bundle of fluff becomes sexually mature. Talk to your vet for advice about all aspects of neutering.

Love and affection

Neutering is very straightforward, so you can usually take your kitten home on the same day. She may be slightly groggy after the operation, so let her recover in a quiet area. In fact, she might even follow her natural instinct to hide somewhere in the house where she feels safe. In the wild, big cats retreat to recover from illness or injury, so this is perfectly normal behaviour. Give her plenty of love and reassurance and she should be back to normal in 24–48 hours.

Health benefits

Getting your kitten neutered will help protect and improve her health. This simple procedure will also help to reduce too many unwanted kittens being born.

Neutering also helps our endangered Scottish Wild Cats

There are three main threats to the survival of the Scottish wildcat. These are:

 

1) Hybridisation: hybridisation, also known as interbreeding, is when Scottish wildcats breed with domestic cats or hybrids of the two and produce fertile offspring. This is the main threat to Scottish wildcats as the offspring are a mixture both in their appearance and genetically, and eventually they will be wiped out as a distinct species by genetic introgression.

There are so few wildcats left that it is difficult for them to find other wildcats to breed with. It is estimated that there are a minimum of 813,000 feral cats in the UK (Woods et al., 2003) although welfare charity, Cats Protection, believe this to be more like 1.5 million. Ferals are domestic cats that are living wild, either because they were unwanted kittens that were abandoned, or they have dispersed from farm colonies. The impact on our native cat is huge.

Scottish Wildcat Action has identified six priority areas where we will be conducting an extensive Trap Neuter Vaccinate and Release programme. With the help of local vets, volunteers and a generous donation of vaccinations from MSD Animal Health, we hope to reduce this threat considerably over the project lifespan. However, only by encouraging local people to continue this work long into the future will the wildcat stand a chance of survival.

 

2) Disease: Feral domestic cats are often in poor health and they can spread parasites and disease to Scottish wildcats. As the numbers of feral cats increase unchecked, disease and parasites are easily spread. Life expectancy of wild-living cats is only 6-8 years. The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies is conducting disease research on animal carcasses, such as roadkill, and on live cats caught as part of the neutering programme. This will help improve our understanding of disease transmission and help us focus our efforts accordingly.

 

3) Accidental persecution: Feral domestic cats present a problem for land managers rearing game birds. Gamekeepers carry out legal predator control to reduce their numbers, but run the risk of killing or harming a wildcat by mistake. This is because they can look very similar from a distance, particularly at night. Many gamekeepers are keen to protect our native cat. The Scottish wildcat is also protected by law, so it is illegal to kill or disturb them.

Scottish Wildcat Action and land management partners are working together to make sure that there is an easy way to distinguish between a wildcat and a feral tabby cat and are providing training and wildcat-friendly equipment to support this work. We are also encouraging landowners to access funding that is available in our wildcat priority areas for trail cameras and cage traps to find out what cats are on their ground and to use cage traps in preference to lamping (shooting at night) and snaring. Hence, the gamekeeper can get a good look at the animal first to make sure it is not a wildcat before humanely dispatching the feral cat. Only by working with local people at every level can we hope to save our wildcats so this is why we encourage wildcat friendly predator control.

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