Why Spaying/Neutering Helps Cats and Dogs Posted on Friday, 26 June 2020
As a responsible pet owner, one of the medical treatments that you should provide your pet with, aside from regular vaccinations, is spaying/neutering. Veterinarians recommend this to help pets live longer, healthier lives, since spaying reduces your animal’s risk of developing breast cancer and uterine infections in females, while neutering also decreases the odds of prostate and testicular issues in males.
Another aspect of spaying/neutering is the procedure’s impact in controlling pet overpopulation. Here in the Philippines, CARA has found that it particularly helps in managing the country’s feral cat population, especially in crowded urban areas. CARA calls this the Trap/Neuter/Return (TNR) program.
TNR is a three-step method that starts with the capturing of all feral cats inhabiting a specific area. They are then neutered or spayed, and then returned back to their territory.
It’s a method that has proven to itself to be more effective than what the inhumane “trap/kill” approach and here’s why: When you simply trap and kill feral cats, it is, plain and simple, inhumane and cruel. There’s also the matter of being unable to round up all the cats, which renders the method useless because the cats left behind will continue to breed and bring the population level back to its previous state.
Experience has also taught CARA that even if all cats are removed from a certain area, new, un-neutered/spayed ones simply come in to take their place, and breed prolifically.
TNR, on the other hand, benefits both the community and the cats, since the population is controlled and the animals are allowed to leave peaceful lives in familiar territory.
Filipino actor Kathryn Bernardo, ambassador of CARA’s “Adopt A Cat from Kath” program, fully supports the TNR method. “I am pro-neutering and spaying because these prevent the number of homeless cats and dogs from growing. It’s unfair for these animals to be deprived of proper care simply because humans can’t handle the population level,” says Kathryn.
If you would like to spearhead neutering/spaying efforts in your neighborhood, here are a few friendly and practical tips from CARA:
1. Build a good TNR support group. You need to work with like-minded cat lovers who can are also team players. (CARA can help you with the initial training, and will always be on hand for advice.)
2. Work with your village association, since their financial aid—assuming they support your efforts–would greatly benefit this program.
3. And speaking of finances, be prepared for these expenses:
- Recovery cages
- Bowls for food and water
- Old blankets/towels (to cover cages)
- Food for cats in recovery
- Spay and neuter fee (P650 for males, and P850 for females at the CARA Clinic).
- If funds become a problem, then engage the community and inform them of the benefits of TNR. Kind souls will be willing to help.
- Transportation is needed when it is time to take the cats to a clinic for neutering and spaying. Search for one nearby, if the CARA clinic is too far.
- Lastly, provide a recovery area for the animals, somewhere quiet and secure so they can regain their strength.
Do you have more questions about TNR? Feel free to contact us for a chat by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.