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    We are excited to announce our desexing campaign Snip ‘n’ Chip is back in Auckland. Apply now to secure your spot - just click the button at the bottom of this page to start.

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    What is desexing?

    There are many different words to describe this procedure (desexing, spaying, neutering, altering, castration, sterilisation etc.), but they all refer to the surgical removal of the animals’ reproductive system to prevent breeding (having babies).

    Should I desex my cat?

    Yes! Both male and female cats can, and should, be desexed.

    Desexing is an important component of population control and has many benefits for your animal.  Unlike people, animals don’t experience the concepts of sexual identity or ego, and do not feel self-conscious after being desexed.

    At what age should my cat be desexed?

    SPCA supports pre-pubertal desexing - that is desexing before the animal reaches puberty and is able to reproduce.  We recommend that all companion animals are desexed as early as possible in accordance with veterinary advice.

    Should my female cat have a litter before being desexed?

    No! Well-meaning people may tell you that your female cat should have a litter or experience a heat cycle/season before she is desexed. However, veterinary science tells us that the opposite is true! Female animals that have not been spayed are at higher risk of developing cancers of the uterus, ovaries and mammary glands, as well as suffering from complications of pregnancy and birthing.

    Other than preventing breeding, what are the advantages of desexing?

    • Prevents false pregnancies in females.
    • Eliminates “heat” cycles in females, which is often inconvenient for owners.
    • Reduced roaming activity (in search of mates) - meaning they are also less likely to be hit by a car, or come into contact with infectious diseases and parasites.
    • Less chance of developing certain kinds of cancers.
    • Eliminates the chance of common uterine infections (in females).
    • Reduces fighting and aggressive behaviours which reduces risk of contracting infectious disease spread by fighting.
    • Reduces unwanted animals being attracted to your property by females in heat.
    • Reduces urine and scent marking behaviour.
    • Desexed animals generally live longer, healthier, happier lives due to various health benefits, some of which are listed here.

    For more information on desexing please see our website.

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