Beat The Heat Month

Did you know that February is Beat The Heat Month? We know, that may sound a bit odd, as it’s one of the coldest months of the year. This is actually a reference to pets going into heat. It’s also Prevent A Litter Month, which is perhaps a better name. No matter what you call it, getting your feline buddy spayed or neutered is very important! A local Rochester, NY veterinarian discusses getting Fluffy fixed below.

Preventing Pet Overpopulation

The biggest reason to get Fluffy fixed? It’s the best thing you can do to help fight pet overpopulation, which is a huge problem. One pair of kitties can have as many as 11,606,077 descendants in just 9 years! With so many dogs and cats in shelters or fending for themselves on the streets, ensuring that your furball won’t contribute to the problem is just the responsible thing to do.

Health Benefits

Aside from contributing to the greater good, getting your feline pal fixed will also benefit her health-wise. Spaying and neutering will protect Fluffy from some specific and dangerous medical issues, such as uterine cancer for female kitties and testicular cancer for males. Ask your vet for more information.

Behavioral Benefits

Fixing Fluffy is also beneficial in curbing some common bad behaviors. Intact cats are much more likely to spray, as they want to mark their territory. They’re also just generally feistier and more prone to aggressive behavior.

Keeping Kitty Home

Cats are always safer indoors, where they are safe from the threats posed by cars, weather, predators, and other hazards. However, Fluffy doesn’t always see it that way, especially if she is in heat. She may try to run off to go looking for love. This can be very dangerous, and increases the risk of your furry pal getting lost, hurt, or even killed.

Bonus: No Caterwauling

There’s one more reason to make that appointment. Because your furry little friend will no longer be interested in finding a mate, she probably sing to try to attract one. If you’ve ever heard the love songs of an amorous kitty, you know that Fluffy is a terrible singer. (Apparently cats actually find these sounds appealing, which is another thing we may never understand about them.)

Do you need to make an appointment for your feline friend? Contact us, your local Rochester, NY veterinary clinic, anytime!

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