Not just the external temperature, either. Spring turns up the heat on the sex drives of unaltered dogs and cats.
An unspayed female cat can produce, oh, I don’t know, about ten bazillion kittens. That’s an exaggeration, but only slightly. And to the folks who take in unwanted kittens at the pounds and shelters of our area, that number may sound low-balled.
You can help your girly kitty avoid littering and save a chunk of change, too, by taking advantage of Mountain View Humane’s “Beat the Heat” spay program during the month of February. Sponsored by PetSmart Charities, the program will fix your cat for just $20, a $38 saving.
The program is limited to the first 280 cats whose pet guardians mention “Beat the Heat” when their appointment is made, and at least 40 of those spots are already taken, so if you want to take advatange, you should act soon.
Kittens as young as eight weeks old can be fixed, thus preventing them from making more kittens before their first birthday. And that old saying that it’s better to let a cat go through one heat or even one litter before getting her fixed is a MYTH, folks.
What does the American Veterinary Medical Association have to say? It endorses spaying and neutering and backs up that endorsement with research that shows that the procedure can improve behavioral problems and even reduce the risk of certain cancers and infections.
Mountain View Humane has two convenient locations: 53 W. Main St. in Christiansburg and 5363 Peters Creek Road in Roanoke. Call 855-447-7647 for more information or to schedule an appointment.