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By Mount Vernon News
January 30, 2013 8:58 am EST

 

MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Humane Society’s Cat Shelter’s Sponsor a Spay campaign is under way and Fredericktown Chevrolet kicked it off with the donation of enough money to subsidize 50 cat spay and neuter surgeries. Other local businesses and individuals have stepped up to the plate as well.

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The goal of the campaign is to act now to reduce the spring kitten population. An unspayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing two litters per year, with 2.8 surviving kittens per litter can total 67 cats in two years and 11,801 felines in five years.

Carole Jarvis of the cat shelter said spaying and neutering can make pets better companions. “They will exhibit fewer behavior problems and will reduce a number of health problems,” she explained. “Neuter of cats makes them less likely to spray and mark their territory, spaying a female cat also eliminates the heat cycle. Cats in heat can cry incessantly, appear nervous and attract unwanted males. It is estimated that cats that are spayed or neutered will live 2.7 years longer.”

 

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