Kitten season is fast approaching/always around us, please please do the right thing now! A lot of you will know someone who's cat isn't neutered please try and educate them! Spaying is not solely about preventing pregnancies. There are many health benefits. This applies to indoor cats too. Spaying can eliminate/prevent * uterine cancer * uterine prolapse * uterine torsion * ovarian cancer * mammary cancer * polycystic ovaries * endometriosis * metritis * mucometra * pyometra * cystic endometrial hypoplasia * ectopic pregnancy Females are less likely to become infected from unneutered males with feline leukemia and/or feline immunodeficiency virus and other fatal diseases. Mating is also a very PAINFUL experience for a female cat. She will endure fights and repeated mating.... The feline mating process is not a pretty one – it’s VIOLENT and EXTREMELY stressful. The male cat’s penis has little barbs which catch on her vagina as he withdraws after mating. Cats do not ovulate until they are mated so the female will continue to call even after she has been mated, and will remain in season for several days. It is not uncommon for a cat to be mated 10-20 times on the first day she is calling and then several times over the next few days!!!! The screams that are heard when cats mate are the female cats screaming in PAIN as the male cat withdraws. There is also a serious overpopulation problem in the UK. 85% of litters are unplanned due to owners being ignorant or irresponsible. Kittens become sexually active at just 4 months. An average cat has 1–8 kittens per litter, and 2–3 litters per year. During her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens. A single pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just 7 years. Rescues are FULL, kittens are having kittens and DYING. Organisations like Cats Protection offer neutering vouchers that can help towards the cost. Call your local branch or their main neutering helpline 03000 121212 Many vets offer low cost neutering and/or special promotions. Look around. Ask. Google. Most of all, be RESPONSIBLE and be a person that helps towards solving the problem ... not someone who continues to exacerbate it by putting your own cats and other cats lives at risk. Credit to "rugeley cats society"