Camden Council has introduced a subsidised desexing program to reduce the number of cats and kittens falling pregnant in the area.
Eligible residents can get their pets desexed for reduced rates, thanks to the council’s partnership with the National Desexing Network.
Male cats can be desexed for $35 and females for $55, until the subsidy funding allocation has been exhausted.
For those pet owners with multiple cats, additional females can also be desexed for $35.
Camden mayor Lara Symkowiak praised the program’s introduction.
“This fantastic program will assist residents experiencing financial hardship to pay reduced costs for the desexing of their cats,” she said.
“Every year we see many cats and kittens surrendered by their owners as a result of the unplanned pregnancy of their pet cats.
“I encourage eligible residents to contact the National Desexing Network to find out more and take advantage of this great program.”
To meet the desexing network’s eligibility requirements residents must be a pension or concession card holder, a low-income earner or an owner of multiple cats.
National Desexing Network strategic director Joy Verrinder said kittens could become pregnant at just four months old.
She said it was important to desex them before this age.
“Kittens can be safely desexed from two months of age and one kilogram in weight,” Dr Verrinder.
“Male cats also need to be desexed to reduce their desire to roam and help prevent serious wounds from fighting or being hit by a car.”
Dr Verrinder said adopting kittens was a great alternative to breeding them.
“You can always adopt a kitten from a shelter or rescue group, or foster a litter of kittens with the mother cat until they are old enough to be desexed and adopted,” she said.
“We also encourage anyone who is feeding a stray homeless cat to take ownership and desex it if possible.”
Dr Verrinder said a similar program on the Gold Coast had proven successful over the past eight years, with the number of unwanted kittens in the area reduced.
To find out if you are eligible contact the NDN on 1300 368 992.
Participating vet clinics include Rossmore Veterinary Hospital, Leppington Veterinary Hospital, Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Camden and Macarthur Veterinary Group (Camden, Mount Annan, Gregory Hills).