Some programs work only with pets of people with low incomes. Some do not consider income but serve only pet cats -- or only feral untame cats. But other programs serve all kinds of people and cats. We believe the listing details below are correct at this writing, but call the program to be sure. If you don't find a service listed for your area, don't give up.
If you have rescued a cat or you caretake ferals, ask local vet clinics whether they offer some kind of good-Samaritan discount. Prices can vary widely even in the same city. For example, sometimes a clinic will require that a cat receive a rabies vaccination if he has not already had one. Rabies vaccinations are required by law in many areas of the U. Based on recent research about vaccine safety, effectiveness, and duration of effect, most veterinarians are not giving as many vaccinations as in the past.
Rabies vaccinations, however, are required by law in many localities. Decisions about vaccinations should be based on current knowledge about vaccines and the cat's age, lifestyle, and health status. For the latest recommendations about what vaccinations to give and when and to whom, see the American Association of Feline Practitioners' Vaccination Guidelines and related info at the the Winn Foundation site.
Doesn't everyone get their cats spayed and neutered? There are millions of healthy cats and kittens put to death each year in U. Some people don't know this, or they don't recognize this is related to themselves or their cats. Some people believe it's more fair to allow the cat to mate "just this once" -- or they think a female cat's pregnancy and kittens will be sweet or educational for their human children.
Also, some people don't know that: Cats can start mating as early as six months Even indoor-only house cats often find ways to get outdoors when the sexual urge hits them. Whether they disappear for good due to panic, accidents, or enemies or they return home, kittens are the result. An unaltered male cat can father hundreds of kittens a year. Statistically speaking, even if a person finds good homes for a litter of kittens, some of the kittens will grow up and produce litters of kittens.
Spaying a female before her first heat protects her from risks of uterine, ovarian, and mammary cancers. Spaying also protects her from the stresses of pregnancy. Spaying reduces her frantic interest in the outdoors and reduces the chances that she'll wander far.
Spaying reduces the chances she'll mark your home with urine when she's in heat. Unaltered cats have urges that make them irritable and anxious. Neutering a male reduces his risk from numerous health problems. Neutering lowers his urge to roam and to fight, and thus lowers chances of disease transmission and woundings. Neutering also reduces his tendency to spray in the home.
And neutering eliminates the powerful odor of adult male cat urine. Post the flyers in supermarkets and other public places where flyers are accepted. Distribute flyers to households in your neighborhood, especially those with new or unaltered pets.
Plus, young kittens bounce back faster from the procedures than older kittens or cats. Due to traditions in some vet schools, some veterinarians are not familiar with the procedure or have no experience performing the surgery on younger kittens.
Also, the procedure requires the safer and more expensive inhalant anesthetics such as isoflorane. To learn more about the video or if you are a veterinarian wishing to discuss it, write Dr.