One very important thing that cat owners can do is dexex their cats before they reach puberty and can reproduce, known as prepubertal detoxification, or PPD.
PPD provides individual cat health and welfare benefits and can help reduce the number of unwanted and homeless cats in Australia.
While it is uncommon to find an asexual dog in most Australian communities these days, asexual cats are far more common and pose a major welfare issue.
Fortunately, the science of the benefits of de-sexing, and specifically the benefits of de-sexing cats before puberty, is clear.
Desexing prevents unwanted pregnancies, but did you know that research shows that desexing can reduce the risk of certain diseases and behavioral problems, which is good for your cat’s health and well-being?
The benefits are even greater when cats are de-sexed before puberty. PPD is safe, effective, and benefits individual cats. It is for this reason that the RSPCA has just released a report highlighting the benefits of PPD.
Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to why desexing, and especially pre-puberty desexing, is right for cats and the community.
Behavioral and health benefits
Desexing can reduce the risk of some potentially serious health problems, such as breast cancer, and can eliminate the risk of uterine infections.
De-sexing your cat can help reduce the likelihood of undesirable behaviors such as fighting or spraying in male cats or yowling during the breeding season in female cats.
Current scientific evidence strongly supports desexing of cats before puberty; This means that a cat can disexterate as early as four months before it can reproduce.
Before puberty (at or before four months of age) divestment is safe, effective, and better for individual cats. RSPCA shelters have been practicing PPD for many years, and many veterinary organizations and umbrella organizations are already advocating it.
Science shows that de-sexing young cats before puberty has health and health benefits such as: B. a shorter operation time, a lower overall complication rate and shorter recovery times compared to the traditional age of 5.5 to six months – just to name a few.
For more information, see the RSPCA report available in our knowledge base.
PPD is safe and effective, prevents unwanted pregnancies before de-sexing a cat, and there is no greater risk of short- or long-term problems compared to de-sexing at an older age, nor is there any evidence of behavioral differences.
It is important to desex both male and female cats. They can impregnate asexual female cats in their environment and this contributes to the overpopulation problem in Australia with thousands of unwanted cats and kittens ending up in shelters and pounding each year.
Even if your hangover lives inside, a clever escape artist can quickly get the front door out of the way.
Cats breed incredibly quickly, so it is important that you take all reasonable precautions to ensure that your cat is diseased and unable to reproduce.
In addition, divesting your cat will reduce her urge to run around and better protect her from traffic accidents, fights with other cats, illness and disease, or loss.
Desexing is the way to go
The RSPCA, many veterinarians, and animal welfare organizations believe that PPD is an important way to address cat overpopulation and improve individual cat well-being.
Desexing is very important to your cat and to the community. The RSPCA encourages cat owners to speak to their veterinarian about having their cat de-sexed before puberty.
Additionally, prospective cat owners can ask the animal shelter or breeder they want to adopt to see if their cats are disexposed before puberty, or visit a shelter that disrupts all kittens (through PPD) and cats before adoption, such as catfish. B. the RSPCA.
See the new RSPCA report at kb.rspca.org.au/knowledge-base/why-does-the-rspca-advocate-desexing-cats-before-puberty/