It may not yet be summer, but now is the time to “beat the heat” by spaying your cat in advance of her heat cycle and preventing unwanted litters before kitten season arrives this spring – a time when shelters traditionally see large numbers of unwanted litters being born. To help reduce the number of homeless cats, Hawaii Island Humane Society (HIHS) is offering a “Beat the Heat” promotion sponsored by PetSmart Charities. In celebration of Spay Day USA in February, HIHS will spay 50 female cats for a special rate of $20.
Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population. While some worry that their pet may be too young for this procedure, spaying and neutering is safe for kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old. And, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, spaying a female cat before the first heat cycle is actually beneficial, rather than waiting until after one heat cycle has occurred. The procedure is known to improve the health of the pet, including a reduced risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.
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