The initiative called the Mid-Warwickshire Cats Protection scheme has been rolled out at all seven of the Avondale clinics. The head of the scheme hopes the offer of a free cat neutering will tempt owners to make the right choice.
According to the Leamington Observer, the offer runs throughout February for pet owners in the following postcode areas: B49, B50, CV31, CV32, CV33, CV34, CV35, CV36, CV37 and CV47. Cats will be neutered on a first-served basis.
Avonvale Vets has branches in Kenilworth, Stratford, Warwick, Heathcote, Southam, Wellesbourne and Cubbington.
“An unneutered female cat can have two, sometimes even three, litters a year,” said Ms Soinne. “This is bad for their health, weakening them and opening them up to all sorts of infections.
“Unneutered males will go out looking for a female to mate with and will end up fighting, which results in abscesses and wounds and all manner of things which are hugely damaging to their health and wellbeing.”
Cats Protection estimates that there are around 9 million cats astray in the UK. Most of these animals will not have been neutered or vaccinated, and will probably carry fur-borne parasites.
The number of strays is a concern to animal welfare agencies, many of which warn of the dangers posed by stray cats to owned domestic cats.
Kieran O’Halloran, clinical director at Avonvale, told the Leamington Observer, “Not only does neutering reduce the number of strays organisations such as Cats Protection take in and care for, it is also far better for the health of your pet.”