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Fully Booked! Countdown to Desex in the City

September 10, 2014

The vet team at Frank Samways Vet Clinic are in the midst of scrubbing up and prepping for a marathon of great proportion. In just 24 hours they will take on the mammoth task of desexing over 50 cats well into the wee hours of the night. And by the end of this week they will have performed over 100 low cost desexing surgeries.

Starting at 4pm Thursday, the team will be desexing and then nursing cats through their recovery until dawn, ensuring that every cat returns home in good health and ready to begin life as a happier and more content desexed pet. Most importantly, they will be unable to contribute to the growing population of stray and unwanted cats and kittens.

Almost 80 per cent of all abandoned and surrendered cats and dogs that arrive at The Lost Dogs’ Home are not desexed and with kitten season right around the corner our aim is to reduce the number of cats being born and in turn, the number of cats being admitted to our shelters.

Immediately after announcing the special offer, the Home’s phones went into meltdown with hundreds of expressions of interest from cat owners.

Dr. Alan Bolton, senior veterinarian at The Lost Dogs’ Home Frank Samways Veterinary Clinic was amazed at just how quickly the offer was taken up, “As we work our way through our registration list we have been struck by the real need to offer low cost desexing.

The response has certainly reinforced our commitment to continue to offer low cost desexing support to the community, in particular cat owners on a lower income, who dearly love their cats but with the rising costs of living, may find it difficult to outlay the standard fee for desexing surgery.”

Desex in the City will see over 50 cats desexed in one night, and over 100 cats throughout the week! The flow on effect of these surgeries means we will in effect prevent a potential 4800 unwanted kittens from being born this year alone.

So, why Desex?
We are putting the call out to all cat owners to desex their cat immediately with their local vet ahead of the feline breeding season.

Desexed cats are healthy and happy pets
Desexed cats lead healthier and longer lives; undesexed cats are more likely to roam and be exposed to dangers including being hit by a car, getting into fights, infectious diseases and contracting Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). Desexed cats are also generally more affectionate and better companions.

Crunching the numbers:
Cats become fertile as early as four months of age and a single female can produce an average of three litters of 4-6 kittens per year. Therefore, It is entirely possible for one cat to have up to 48 kittens each year it is fertile.

In two years, one female cat and its offspring can produce approximately 20,000 kittens.

The bigger picture
Each year, The Lost Dogs’ Home cares for more than 30,000 lost, abandoned and surrendered cats and dogs – around 80 per cent of which are not desexed.

That’s why community wide desexing is so important to us. By reducing the number of cats being born we hope to reduce the number admitted to our shelters each year.

To find out more information on low-cost desexing visit the National Desexing Network website at
Pension card holders receive a 10% discount all year at the Frank Samways Vet Clinic. For more information call 03 9329 2755.

It’s important to consider the cost of owning a pet over it’s lifetime, please take a look at our fact sheet on the annual budgeting for a cat.

Picture: Yuri Kouzmin  – Leader Newspapers