Sterilising and Microchipping your Cat
The Ruby Benjamin Foundation (9405 3905 or 9248 5351) may be able to assist Pension or Health Care Card holders who live a long way from Cat Haven.
Contact our Vet Clinic on (08) 9442 3600 to make an appointment to sterilise or microchip your cat, or for other low-cost veterinary clinics in WA that may be closer to you, please contact the National Desexing Network.
*Please note this service is not always available during peak periods such as Kitten Season (summer).
A female can come on heat as early as four months of age, so it is imperative that you get your cat sterilised as early as possible.
Additonally, from 1 November 2013 sterilisation of cats six months and older is compulsory. Your cat also needs to be microchipped.
Unsterilised females have a much greater risk of life-threatening uterine infections as well as uterine, ovarian and mammary cancer.
Unsterilised males can become aggressive towards their owners and will get into fights with other males as they search for females. The frequent fights expose them to serious infectious diseases and abscesses, which will ultimately result in higher vet bills and a shorter lifespan.
Both unsterilised male and female cats have a tendency to spray, wander off your property and are more likely to get lost or hit by a car.
Microchipping also reduces the amount of time your cat may have to spend in a pound or shelter if it is lost as they can contact you very quickly.
Microchipping is a simple, painless procedure where a small electronic chip is placed under your cat's skin in the shoulder area. The microchip is registered and it holds all your contact information, which can be accessed easily by a vet using a special scanner.
If you need to get a cat in to Cat Haven but don’t have your own transport, please contact friends, family or neighbours for assistance before requesting a pick-up by us.