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Neutering Campaign Success!!!

11 September 2016
Neutering Campaign Success!!! One of Cats Protections three main aims is neutering of cats.

Sometimes people believe neutering is unfair to an individual cat, however, there are in fact clear benefits to cats from being neutered. In female cats, the risk of mammary (breast) cancer is greatly reduced if a cat is spayed, as is the risk of pyometra, a potentially life-threatening infection of the womb. Male neutered cats are less likely to wander, thus reducing the risk of road traffic accidents and the risk of getting into fights with other cats, during which fatal diseases may be transmitted. For male cats with an undescended testicle, not neutering means a greatly increased risk of cancer in the undescended testicle.

We were asked, in early August, if we would be running a neutering campaign similar to that of a nearby branch. This offered free neutering to anyone living in their area. It appeared to be a fantastic success with requests for nearly 100 cats to be neutered during that period, so we thought 'why not?'

So from 10th August, until 10th September Bedford & Biggleswade Branch ran a successful campaign to offer free cat and kitten neutering to anyone living in the areas of MK40 to MK45 and SG15 to SG19. We advertised this solely on social media and to say we had a good response is an understatement. It was phenomenal!!

Our Coordinator, Tamsin, got writer’s cramp completing the many vouchers issued. And we are very pleased with the outcome. We have issued an amazing 346 vouchers, resulting in the spaying and castrating of 442 cats and kittens!!

Did you know that in a period of only five years, a single female cat can be responsible for 20,000 descendants, so clearly neutering is essential if the number of unwanted cats and kittens in the UK is to be controlled and ideally reduced.

The cost of the promotion is estimated to be just over £32,000 and all of this was paid for by the branch. If you would like to help us continue this on-going but worthwhile mission, there are several ways in which you are able to contribute.

You can donate via our website www.bedford.cats.org.uk, send a cheque made payable to Cats Protection to CP Bedford, 65 Hartington Street, Bedford, MK41 7RN or email us at bedfordcats@gmail.com and we can give you further alternative options.

Don’t worry if you missed the promotion as the branch will continue to assist with neutering as an ongoing basis. Do please contact us as we are always happy to help.