February is fix a cat month!
If they call it “getting your cat fixed”, does that mean the cat is “broken”? Of course not. What is broken, and needs to be fixed, is our society’s lackadaisical attitude toward the unchecked and out-of-control reproduction of cats. You’ve heard the news reports. There are too many kitties, not enough homes, and too many cats end up being euthanized, and at great cost. But this problem can be “fixed”, and maybe you can be one of the “repair people”! It’s easy – you can start with your own cats, and the cost is small.
Once again this year, VIPP is sponsoring February as Fix-a-cat Month on Vashon at Fair Isle Animal Clinic. Increase the life expectancy and overall health of your cat, while helping to keep populations down. Spay and neutering procedures are quick and safe! And during Fix-A-Cat Month, they’re cheap – only $25 to spay a female and $15 to neuter a male! This compares to the usual price of $154 for a spay and $97 for a neuter. VIPP contributes a significant portion of the spay/neuter fee to help make this procedure affordable for those who need it. Please take advantage of this service if you need help covering the cost and make an appointment to bring your cat in during the month of February by calling Fair Isle Animal Clinic at 463-3607.
Do you let your unfixed cats wander outdoors? Don’t kid yourself – cats aren’t shrinking violets, and they will find potential mates. They will then follow their instincts, and produce litters. There are other problems, too. Wandering cats get into fights, resulting in battle injuries and an increase in transmitted diseases. Unfixed cats can be more nervous and have behavioral problems, such as spraying urine to mark their territory. Unfixed cats are also more prone to develop cancers. Roaming cats also become lost cats (contrary to myth, they do not possess an unerring ability to find their way home). Happily, a fixed cat tends to stay close to home, reducing all the above risks. Sometimes, people purposely keep their cat unfixed so they can witness the miracle of birth, and wind up with a litter of kittens for whom homes cannot be found. VIPP, of course, takes in homeless cats, has a no-kill policy, and finds homes for over 150 cats every year. But the rising population of felines makes that task ever more difficult. During Fix-A-Cat Month, islanders have a golden opportunity to address all these problems.
Increase the life expectancy and overall health of your cat, while helping to keep populations down. Spay and neutering procedures are quick and safe! And during Fix-A-Cat Month, they’re cheap! Make an appointment to bring your cat in during the month of February by calling Fair Isle Animal Clinic at 463-3607. Please watch this video on how important it is to spay or neuter your pet. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX02gfckuPQ&feature=player_embedded