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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

 Kankakee County Animal Control 
Cat Indoor Campaign

Our goal for this campaign is to educate the general public on not only the importance of spaying and neutering your cat but also the need to be a responsible pet owner and keep it indoors.

Did you know that a pair of cats and their offspring can theoretically produce 420,000 kittens over the course of seven years?
Only 1 out of every 12 of these kittens will ever find homes. 

Can you handle the truth?
At our shelter we care for approximately 350-500 cats and kittens every year.
and less than 1% are returned home.
Many of these cats had owners and lived indoors at one time.

What can you do about these numbers?
Education! Be a responsible pet owner by spaying or neutering your cat and keeping them indoors. The overpopulation problem cannot be solved simply by adoption and rehoming these unwanted animals. Getting the population back to something reasonable starts with educating the masses on the importance of sterilization and how it greatly impacts their community. Realize that these are not meant to be wild animals left to fend for themselves. It is inhumane and illegal to obtain a pet through purchase or adoption and then turn them out to suffer in the streets. Another way to greatly change these statistics in our community is to microchip your cat. Studies done across the nation have shown that cats who enter shelters with microchips have twenty times the chance of being reunited with their owners then cats who are not microchipped. 
Even cats with responsible owners may get outdoors on accident.
Your cat cannot tell us your phone number or where he/she lives. 
Their microchip is their voice and their ticket home.

What are some of the many dangers cats can face outdoors?
Living on the streets is not a healthy alternative even if your cat has been spayed or neutered.
Diseases, exposure to wild and possible rabid animals, parasites, poisons, animal cruelty, automobile accidents and theft are some of the things that your four legged friend could encounter. Most of the things stated above result in death or serious illness. The only way to keep these issues from plaguing our cats is to keep them indoors. 

What health benefits are involved with spaying and neutering?
In females, spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 90% of cats. Spaying before the first heat offers the best protection, which can occur any time between 6-10 months of age. As far as the males are concerned, if done before six months of age neutering prevents testicular cancer.
Besides just the health reasons and the obvious population issue, spaying and neutering can deter many of the behavioral issues you have with your cats. Your cat will be less likely to want to roam in search of a mate. It will also eliminate a few "messy" house issues such as spraying and diapers for your females in heat. 

Do indoor cats typically live longer than those who are housed outdoors?
The answer is YES! The average lifespan of an outdoor only cat (feral/non-feral) is about 3 years.
Indoor cats can live to be anywhere from 14-20 years on average. 
However there have been a great deal of cases in which indoor cats have lived to be 34+ years old.

Please don't forget about all of the low-cost spay and neuter options out there! 
Please do not hesitate to stop by the shelter and get a printout of all of the hospitals and clinics 
that offer these services.

An indoor cat is a safe cat!


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