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Too many Cats or Kittens

Are too many cats or kittens a problem in your home?

                   

For Gold Coast or Ipswich residents

Cat Desexing Subsidy Program (ongoing while funds last)

  1. Subsidies are based on need and available for:
    – holders of pension, concession or health care card
    – people on low incomes
    – people with large numbers of cats
    – people who adopt community cats
  2. Contact the National Desexing Network on 07 55099001 to determine eligibility for a voucher.
  3. If eligible, owners currently pay $55 to desex a female cat and $35 to desex a male cat at participating veterinary clinics. For owners of multiple cats/kittens, for each additional female cat, owners pay $35.

Last Litter Program (ongoing)

If you are a Gold Coast or Ipswich resident and have unwanted kittens who you cannot afford to desex and rehome yourself, you can phone 07 5509 9000 to surrender the kittens free of charge to the Animal Welfare League Qld (AWLQ), if you keep the mother cat and desex her with a $40 GCCC Desexing Voucher.

For all other areas

Local desexing programs

Some Councils and animal organisations may coordinate special desexing programs in your area. Check with your local Council or animal welfare organisation for available subsidies.

National Desexing Network

This is a network of veterinarians Australia-wide who reduce their prices for dog (and cat) owners with pension or concession cards. Each participating veterinarian may offer different discounted prices.

An example of the discounted prices at one participating veterinarian is $72 to desex a female cat and $54 to desex a male cat. However prices do vary.

Eligible pension/concession card holders can:

  • Go online to ndn.org.au to find the veterinary clinics nearest them which offer discounted prices, check the prices and organise a voucher on line OR
  • Phone 1300 368 992 or 55099001 to receive support to organise a voucher

Did you know that July is National Desexing Month?

Veterinarians, who may or may not normally be a part of the National Desexing Network, offer special deals TO ALL PET OWNERS in July each year for both cats and dogs. The recommended prices are approximately:

Male cat $70                       Female cat $100

Male dog    Small $115        Medium $125  Large $140

Female dog Small $150       Medium $165    Large $185

Owners can go online to www.ndn.org.au to find the participating veterinarians in National Desexing Month and the deals they offer.

Why desexing before 4 months is essential for cats

Did you know:

  • There are too many cats and kittens and not enough homes.
  • Kittens can be pregnant by 4 months of age.
  • Cats should therefore be desexed between 2-3 months of age. It is just as safe for a cat to be desexed at this age than at 6 months, and it is an easier operation.
  • Cats can get pregnant while still feeding their kittens. Mother cats should be isolated in the house away from any male cats until they wean their kittens at 6-8 weeks, then kept separately from the kittens for about 2 weeks to allow her milk to dry before desexing.
  • Cats can have 3 litters a year and 4-6 kittens per litter and come on heat continuously, unlike dogs.
  • Male cats need to be desexed too as they are less likely to get hit by a car or attacked while out looking for a mate. They are also 50% responsible for unwanted litters. It is a simple, low cost operation to desex a male cat.
  • Anyone who breeds a litter of kittens or pups in Queensland, is now required to register as a breeder with the Queensland Government and include a Breeder ID number on the microchip of every animal sold or given away. Inspections are required by a number of Councils e.g.Gold Coast City residents who have a litter of kittens or pups must have a Breeder Permit, which involves a fee of $426 to pay for an inspection and Breeder ID number which must be displayed with any advertisement for a kitten or cat. To avoid a fine for breeding without a permit, desex your cat/dog. Other cities/shires may have different requirements for breeders – please check your cities’ local by-laws.
  • As an Australian first, all puppy breeders (even if they breed unintentionally) are required by GCCC By-laws to desex their kittens prior to sale or transfer. Kittens must be well-socialised with other cats and people by the breeder, and not sold or transferred until at least 10 weeks of age. . Other cities/shires have different requirements regarding desexing  – please check your local by-laws.
  • If you are feeding a stray cat, you should take it to a vet clinic to check for a microchip. If unowned, please do the right thing – take full responsibility for this cat and get him/her desexed and microchipped to prevent further unwanted stray cats and kittens.

In summary: Please desex your cat, and kittens at 2- 3 months of age, before you rehome the kittens. This will save thousands of lives.  A 2014 SA study showed that 22% of people don’t get around to desexing their cats before they have their first litter.  Even if you find homes for your unplanned kittens, this directly contributes to the euthanasia in pounds and shelters as it means fewer homes for those waiting, and their having to wait longer to get a home with more stress, sickness and more deaths.