Why Spay and Neuter Your Cat

Photo Courtesy Alley Cat Allies

Photo Courtesy Alley Cat Allies

The problem of cat overpopulation is a global one and requires a solution on a global scale. But like every journey that begins with a single step, this particular journey must begin with every cat owner in every community, town and city in the country. Those conscientious owners who act responsibly by spaying and neutering their cherished family pets.

Spaying (ovariohysterectomy) is the surgical removal of a female cat’s ovaries and uterus, while neutering (castration) is the removal of a male cat’s testicles. To minimize discomfort and pain, both procedures are performed under general anesthesia. Most cats are back to their “normal” selves within a few days, the surgery site usually heals within two weeks, and any skin stitches removed by your vet at a follow up appointment.

Did you know that in seven years, an unspayed female and unneutered male cat (and their offspring, if none are spayed or neutered) can result in the births of a staggering 781,250 kittens?

And the inevitable outcome? Hundreds of thousands of cats being euthanized each year through no fault of their own. Why? Because they are the tragic, but avoidable, results of over breeding and overpopulation. Why? Because there are too few shelters to house them and too few homes to either foster or adopt them. Why? Because there are still too many cat owners unwilling to spay and neuter their family pets.

Both intact male and female cats may try to escape their homes in order to roam outside. Neutering your male will eliminate roaming, urine spraying, and fighting with neighborhood cats. Spaying your female will eliminate the estrus or “heat” behavior of yowling that attracts and invites mounting by roaming males.

Despite some owners’ fears, spaying and neutering will not alter their cat’s basic personality – except many males will be less aggressive and more docile. Their playfulness, general activity levels, excitement, and vocalization will remain the same. Although neutered males and spayed females may gain weight due to decreased roaming and other sexual behavior outdoors, keeping them active indoors and managing their weight through diet will keep this potential problem under control.

Spaying and neutering cats before the age of six months is growing in popularity and the benefits to their health and well being are well documented. Spayed females are less likely to develop breast cancer and won’t be at risk for either ovarian or uterine cancer. Neutered males won’t develop testicular cancer, and without the need to roam, their risk of being injured or infected by other cats is drastically reduced. And males neutered prior to puberty (six months) won’t develop the large head and thick skin of intact males. Early spaying and neutering may also prevent problem behaviors before they occur and may either eliminate or reduce certain behaviors in older cats.

Imagine if every conscientious cat owner in every community, town and city in the country took responsibility for spaying and neutering their family pets. Imagine what we, as part of the global community, could accomplish then.

The Cat Network offers low cost spay neuter services for both community cats and pets. Click here for more information.

Article written by Nomi Berger. Nomi is the best selling author of seven novels, one work of non-fiction, two volumes of poetry and hundreds of articles. She lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with her adopted Maltese, Mini, and now devotes all of her time volunteering her writing skills to animal rescue organizations throughout Canada and the USA.

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Reward Offered for Information Leading to an Arrest in Cat Abuse Case in Hollywood, Florida

A cat was found in Hollywood, Floirda (near  441 & Garfield) with a very tight rope tied around his neck. If you have information on who may be responsible for doing this, please contact Undercats4Life at fixflorida@undercats4life.org or call 954-856-4007 or 754-235-1303.

For more information, visit http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/davie/fl-hollywood-cat-abuse-20150206-story.html.

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The Meow Mobile is Coming to Your South Florida Neighborhood this February

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The Miami Meow Mobile low cost spay and neuter van is coming to YOUR SOUTH FLORIDA NEIGHBORHOOD this February. The Miami Meow Mobile provides low cost spay & neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and basic wellness care to cats and kittens in Miami-Dade county. It is a fully equipped surgery center on wheels, ready to provide the safest possible sterilization procedures for our feline friends.

The clinic is owned and operated by The Cat Network, Inc., a 501(c)3 Florida not-for-profit corporation dedicated to humanely reducing cat overpopulation by educating the public about the need to sterilize their pets and strays; providing access to low-cost spay & neuter services for cats; helping members in their efforts to place adoptable cats in loving homes; and advocating non-lethal population control and humane public policy.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to cat spay & neuter, appointments, trapping, and much more, visit our FAQ’s section. A reservation is required in advance to bring cats to the Meow Mobile. To make an appointment, view the schedule, and send us an e-mail or call (305) 233-9958. (E-mail for faster response).

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The Meow Mobile is Coming to Your South Florida Neighborhood this January

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The Miami Meow Mobile low cost spay and neuter van is coming to YOUR SOUTH FLORIDA NEIGHBORHOOD this January. The Miami Meow Mobile provides low cost spay & neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and basic wellness care to cats and kittens in Miami-Dade county. It is a fully equipped surgery center on wheels, ready to provide the safest possible sterilization procedures for our feline friends. The clinic is owned and operated by The Cat Network, Inc., a 501(c)3 Florida not-for-profit corporation dedicated to humanely reducing cat overpopulation by educating the public about the need to sterilize their pets and strays; providing access to low-cost spay & neuter services for cats; helping members in their efforts to place adoptable cats in loving homes; and advocating non-lethal population control and humane public policy. For answers to Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to cat spay & neuter, appointments, trapping, and much more, visit our FAQ’s section. A reservation is required in advance to bring cats to the Meow Mobile. To make an appointment, view the schedule, and send us an e-mail or call (305) 233-9958. (E-mail for faster response).

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GIVE MIAMI DAY is November 20, 2014

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Be a part of something big on November 20th! Support The Cat Network on GiveMiami Day. Donations will be maximized by a percentage match!

What is Give Miami Day?

Give Miami Day is a unique, 24-hour online giving event where individuals can make a charitable gift to a local nonprofit. Every donation between $25 and $10,000 received on Give Miami Day will have a percentage of it matched by The Miami Foundation.
Why support The Cat Network?

The Cat Network provides:

  • Access to low cost spay neuter services to the public, for feral and stray cats by bringing our Meow Mobile directly to targeted areas and by our network of participating veterinarians in our spay/neuter program . The Cat Network has facilitated almost 90,000 spay/neuter surgeries in 19 years.
  • Adopting cats and kittens to the public through special events and our participating Petco and Petsmart venues
  • Advocating for the community cats in Miami Dade County

In order to keep these program running, we are asking for your support on Give Miami Day.

This year we would like to upgrade our Meow Mobile by purchasing a new awning and getting the vehicle wrapped.

We would also like to offer several free Spay/Neuter days.

We are asking for your support on this endeavor.

The direct link will be http://j.mp/givemiami14 and will be active at 12:01 am November 20th

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Featured Feline: Mina

Mina

 

Mina is a beautiful Black & White Tuxedo with an adorable face. She would love to be your best friend!!

Photo by John Bouma Photography.

Date of Birth: 5/12

Description: Female, short hair, Black & White Tuxedo.

Foster: Sue J.

To Adopt: Contact us by email at info@thecatnetwork.org by phone at 305-255-3482.

Click here for more info.

Macy’s Shop For A Cause to Help Community Cats & Kittens is Saturday Aug 23, 2014

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Macy's Shop For A CauseShop For A Cause gives you the opportunity to help homeless cats & kittens and get a great shopping discount at Macy’s. Purchase a $5 Shopping Pass for exclusive savings (up to 25% off) in every Macy’s store and online at macys.com on Saturday, August 23th, and The Cat Network keeps 100% of the proceeds to help homeless cats & kittens. Plus, you can enter to win a $500 Macy’s Gift Card.

Since 2006, Macy’s Shop For A Cause Event has partnered with non-profit organizations nationwide to raise more than $45 million for their ongoing charitable efforts. This is your chance to be part of this monumental event on Saturday, August 23, 2014.

Find the magic of giving back, as Macy’s celebrates a national day of support for our community.

Purchase your shopping passes online now!

The Meow Mobile is Coming to Your South Florida Neighborhood this June

1150208_10151754312123836_883503748_n The Miami Meow Mobile low cost spay and neuter van is coming to YOUR SOUTH FLORIDA NEIGHBORHOOD this June. The Miami Meow Mobile provides low cost spay & neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and basic wellness care to cats and kittens in Miami-Dade county. It is a fully equipped surgery center on wheels, ready to provide the safest possible sterilization procedures for our feline friends. The clinic is owned and operated by The Cat Network, Inc., a 501(c)3 Florida not-for-profit corporation dedicated to humanely reducing cat overpopulation by educating the public about the need to sterilize their pets and strays; providing access to low-cost spay & neuter services for cats; helping members in their efforts to place adoptable cats in loving homes; and advocating non-lethal population control and humane public policy. For answers to Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to cat spay & neuter, appointments, trapping, and much more, visit our FAQ’s section. A reservation is required in advance to bring cats to the Meow Mobile. To make an appointment, view the schedule, and send us an e-mail or call (305) 233-9958. (E-mail for faster response).

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Featured Feline: Annabelle

 

I am a beautiful girl. I am Super-sweet & a talker!
I love to be petted & be in your lap!!!
I will be a great companion.
Photo by John Bouma Photography.

Date of Birth: 1/12

Description: Female, short hair, Calico.

Foster: Mylai F.

To Adopt: Contact foster parent direct by email at mylai1196@gmail.com or by phone at 305-255-3482.

Click here for more info.

The Meow Mobile is Coming to Your South Florida Neighborhood this March

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The Miami Meow Mobile low cost spay and neuter van is coming to YOUR SOUTH FLORIDA NEIGHBORHOOD this March.

The Miami Meow Mobile provides low cost spay & neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and basic wellness care to cats and kittens in Miami-Dade county. It is a fully equipped surgery center on wheels, ready to provide the safest possible sterilization procedures for our feline friends.

The clinic is owned and operated by The Cat Network, Inc., a 501(c)3 Florida not-for-profit corporation dedicated to humanely reducing cat overpopulation by educating the public about the need to sterilize their pets and strays; providing access to low-cost spay & neuter services for cats; helping members in their efforts to place adoptable cats in loving homes; and advocating non-lethal population control and humane public policy.
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to cat spay & neuter, appointments, trapping, and much more, visit our FAQ’s section.

A reservation is required in advance to bring cats to the Meow Mobile. To make an appointment, view the schedule, and send us an e-mail or call (305) 233-9958. (E-mail for faster response).

The #MeowMobile is Coming to Your South Florida Neighborhood this March. #SpayNeuter #cats

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Click here for complete schedule: http://thecatnetwork.org/help-a-cat/spayneuter/meow-mobile/schedule/