September 11, 2008

Price Snip for Speying; Furry Business

By DYKES, Mervyn

De-Sex and the City is coming to town. No, not the television show or movie with similar names, but a co- production between the Manawatu SPCA and five Palmerston North veterinary hospitals and clinics.

Usually at this time of year, it starts raining kittens, but the Manawatu SPCA hopes the De-Sex and the City programme will end the trend.

The SPCA plans to sell 100 vouchers to cat owners for $20 each, entitling them to bargain-priced operations for their pets at one of the participating veterinary establishments.

SPCA manager Jody Gordon said it could easily cost more than $100 to spey a female cat or about $80 to de-sex a male. However, the vouchers would be accepted by the veterinarians as payment in full.

They go on sale from Monday, September 22 until Sunday, September 28, from 10am-3pm.

"This is a first time for the Manawatu SPCA," Ms Gordon said.

"We are hoping to reduce the number of kittens and health problems associated with a mother having kittens.

"We want to help people become responsible pet owners."

The programme was made possible by a major corporate donation to the SPCA's national office, which then spread the benefits through its branches.

"People are unaware of the health benefits of de-sexing their animals.

"It decreases territorial behaviour, fighting, spraying, aggressive and temperamental behaviour, breast and prostate cancers, stops tom cats spraying and hanging around your house and stops wandering," Ms Gordon said. She said it was a myth it was better for a cat to have a litter of kittens before de-sexing. Having kittens brought with it the risk of many complications and infections for the mother cat. Also, she would need extra feeding during and after pregnancy.

Then, after her kittens were four- five weeks old they would require feeding as well.

"De-sexing your cat will ensure he or she will have a healthy and longer life," Ms Gordon said. "Readers should feel free to contact us for further information on this campaign."

She said the SPCA wished to thank the veterinarians who made the programme possible. These were the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Cahill Animal Hospital, Anderson's Veterinary Hospital, Terrace End Veterinary Clinic and Central City Vets.


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