Desexing your cat is a responsible choice for pet owners because it helps reduce the numbers of unwanted kittens and the incidence of roaming, disease and aggression in cats.
There are many benefits to having your cat desexed.
- Reduced risk of getting cancer or other diseases of the reproductive organs
- Females can suffer from physical and nutritional exhaustion if continually breeding
- Generally live longer and healthier lives.
- Pets are less prone to wander, fight and are less likely to get lost or injured
- Reduces territorial behaviour such as spraying indoors
- Less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviours. They become more affectionate and become better companions
- Eliminates "heat" cycles in female cats and their efforts to get outside in search for a mate.
Financial Assistance in Having Your Cat Desexed
Holders of concession cards may be eligible for assistance with the cost of desexing for their pet. Contact Council for a voucher from the AVA MAV Desexing Scheme.
Cats Exempt from Desexing
Exempt cats include cats:
- Owned by a person who is a current member of an applicable organisation and the animal is registered with that organisation
- Examined by a vet who then provides written advice detailing how desexing would be prejudicial to the animal’s health
- Currently registered in another council
For more information, please refer to City of Whitehorse Order No 8 ( PDF 93.97KB).