The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 4, 2012

Be responsible owner


DANVILLE — Editor:

There are thousands of unwanted, neglected animals in Vermillion County alone, so why add to the animal population when you can help stop the growth in it?

Female cats can have three to four litters of kittens a year. Each litter averages two to five kittens, but they can have more than 10 in a litter. Male and female cats can mate by the time they are 5 or 6 months old.

I have worked at C.A.R.A. — Citizens for Animal Rescue and Adoption — a no-kill animal shelter, for more than a year. Both C.A.R.A. and the Vermillion County Animal shelter have low-cost spay/ neuter programs

Neutered males fight less than unneutered males, and they have less of a chance of catching FIV and Feline Leukemia. Spaying a female can expand their life expectancy and reduce their risk of catching FIV, also.

Some people don’t want to get their pet spayed or neutered because they are afraid of the pain or risk of surgery. There is a slight risk to any surgery, but vets spay and neuter pets all the time with little to no complications.

Some cats spray urine in their house to mark their territory or attract a mate. Spaying and neutering your cat young will stop that. I have known several cats that sprayed until they were spayed or neutered, then they stopped.

If you are going to get a pet, be responsible and get them spayed or neutered as soon as you can.

Colleen Daniels