The most responsible thing you can do as a cat owner is to spay or neuter your cat. The ASPCA freports that there are between 74 and 96 million cats in the US and as many as an additional 70 million strays. 70 million!! 41% of the strays that come to the shelter get euthanized. Typically pets become strays because an “accident” happens and a pet cat or dog becomes pregnant and someone can’t find a home for all the puppies or kittens.
The most effective way to decrease the number of strays and decrease the number of pets that end up in the animal shelter is by getting your pet spayed or neutered. Thankfully, because of the amazing pet owners in Albuquerque, we have the fewest number of animals coming into our shelters in over a decade! Great work!
A lot of cat owners wonder when it is ok to spay or neuter their new puppy or kitten?
A spay or neuter can be done as early as six to eight weeks old but the standard age is five to six months. Some people like to wait until after the first heat, which is usually between eight and twelve months of age.
If you are worried that you won’t do it when they are older, then get it done when they are young. But, you can alter your cat at pretty much any age. Though the older the cat the higher risk of complications from the anesthesia, which is another reason why it is good to do when they are young.
Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Cat
Beyond the reduction of stray cats, there are a lot of health benefits to altering your cat.
Spaying your female cat before their first heat cycle pretty much eliminates the risk of breast cancer. Yes cats can get breast cancer, and it is very aggressive in cats.
It will also prevent your female cat from developing uterine or ovarian cancer, or pyometra, which is a potentially fatal uterine infection.
In male cats it eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer.
Reduces the risk of Feline AIDS and leukemia which is often spread though male cat sexual competition.
Reduces spraying, yowling, and escape attempts.
Decreases urge to fight
Albuquerque Vetco offers low cost and high quality spay and neuters for cats. You can save extra money on surgeries through our promotions page. Call today to make an appointment to alter your cat, and ask us any questions about the procedure.
Can you believe that summer has already slipped away? Kids are starting school next week!!! Some kids have already started. I don’t know about you, but we are all in full back to school mode with our checklists of what has to be done. As you check off your kids honey-do list, why not take a look at your pet’s honey-do list and make sure that all of their fall needs are being met.
Back to School Checklist for Pets
Enroll them in school! It sounds funny, but if you have a new puppy, or even an adult dog, now is a great time to enroll them in dog training classes.
Flea and Tick Treatment: Make sure you get them started, if you are not already, on their monthly Frontline flea and tick treatment. In Albuquerque we have flea’s year round, so you must stay vigilant and consistent with your flea and tick treatment or you and your pet will be at risk of a flea infestation.
Microchip: If you pet is not yet microchipped, now is the time to do it. It is require by Bernalillo county to have your pet microchipped, but it is also a really good idea. If you pet ever gets separated from you and can’t find their way home, a microchip will help ensure that if they are picked up they will be returned to you quickly.
Fresh Toys! It is a fun time to go shopping for your pet. You are getting all the great school supplies for the kids, what about getting some new bowls or chew toys for your pets. Give them something fun to play with.
Spay or Neuter. After your pet gets spayed or neutered they need time to recuperate and with the kids in school, they get all day at home to relax and heal without having to worry about the kids.
Vaccines! If your pets are not up to date on their vaccines, after you take your kids for their pre-school physical, bring your pet into get their annual checkup and vaccinations.
Albuquerque Vetco would love to help you with your back to school pet checklist. Bring your cat or dog into one of our daily walk-in shot clinics to get them up to date on their shots, microchipped, and pickup your Frontline Flea and Tick.
Great news! The number of cats and dogs going into the Albuquerque city animal shelters is the lowest it has been in years. It is nearly have of what is was a dozen years ago. We love to see pets staying safe in homes instead of homeless.
The decline in animals in the animal shelter seems to be due to pet owners being more responsible and doing things like:
Spay and neuter your pets to decrease the number of unwanted puppy and kitten litters.
Microchipping your pets so if they get lost they are able to be re-homed more easily.
The shelter says the number of adoptions remain steady, though the adoption rate is higher because there are fewer animals coming in, and that euthanasia is at a new low. That means more animals that are coming in are bing adopted instead of having to be put down. The Animal Welfare director said that they are only euthanizing animals that are sick or have behavioral issues. The Animal Welfare department has a animal behavior team that works with animals to get them into foster homes or enrichment programs so they can ultimately be adopted,
Albuquerque Vetco has had a commitment to our city’s animal community to help provide high quality, low cost dog and cat veterinary care so as a community we can keep our pets healthier, safer and in good homes. We are happy to be a part of the reason for this decrease in shelter animals.
The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.