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Kind cut for cats

Tuesday, 12th September, 2017

Tora, nine months old, with RSPCA animal attendant Cheryl Backhouse. Tora is up for adoption and is cuddly and loving. She meows to be cuddled and is very gentle. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Tora, nine months old, with RSPCA animal attendant Cheryl Backhouse. Tora is up for adoption and is cuddly and loving. She meows to be cuddled and is very gentle. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

The RSPCA is expecting an influx of cats and kittens this spring.

Vet Rachel Bailey reminded cat owners that now is the time to desex your cat.

“The best thing you can do for your cat is desex, vaccinate and microchip,” she said.

“For the month of September we are offering $10 microchipping for cats and kittens.”

As well as encouraging desexing, RSPCA NSW has teamed up with a group of “meow-icians” to launch their first ever album and film clip - an hilarious take on power ballads and pop culture tropes in an effort to better the lives of cats.

The full album is available free on Soundcloud or catballads.org.

The songs are designed to promote the three pillars of responsible pet ownership; desexing, microchipping and vaccination.

The RSPCA hopes that with more education the number of homeless cats can be reduced.

Three in four cats are categorised as homeless, with more than 35,000 ending up in shelters, pounds and with rescue groups every year in NSW alone.

Identification rates are so low in cats, only three per cent end up making their way home as opposed to around 50 per cent of dogs.

A pair of undesexed cats can lead to 20,000 offspring in just two years.

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