Desex your Pet

Desex your Pet

Be a responsible pet owner and help prevent unwanted litters by desexing your dogs and cats.

A vet can desex your pet as young as eight weeks old. The relatively simple operation must be done by a vet, and causes little discomfort to the animal.

Under the new Cat Act, all cats in WA must be desexed. Many councils offer discounted desexing (often with microchipping), which also makes your cat/dog licence cheaper.

The RSPCA and other animal welfare groups receive thousands of unwanted, abandoned and stray cats and dogs each year. Most of these animals are the result of uncontrolled breeding and, unfortunately, many are euthanased because we just can't find homes for them.

Cats and dogs can reproduce when very young - cats are fertile at 4 months and give birth at 6 months, so, in theory, one female cat and her young could produce 420,000 cats in just 7 years!

Desexed pets :

  • are less likely to spray and mark their territory.
  • live longer, healthier lives - the average undesexed cat lives 3 years compared to 15 years for a desexed cat
  • are more affectionate and better companions
  • are cheaper to register with local councils
  • are less inclined to wander, run away or get into fights, reducing chance of injury
  • don't have "heat" cycles and efforts to get out to find a mate, and are less likely to "spray" to mark territory
  • have lower rates of some complex health problems such as uterine, ovarian and breast cancer in females, and prostate and testicular cancer in males.

Why should I have my pet desexed?

Why does the RSPCA advocate early-age desexing?

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