A contentious topic in shelter settings is whether or not to spay a pregnant cat that has been saved. While some people find it upsetting to consider killing embryos or foetuses,
Others think it's a tactic to reduce pet overpopulation and prevent the killing of healthy adult animals at shelters when space is scarce. Once they reach sexual maturity, cats are exceptionally effective breeders and can produce two litters every year.
This indicates that numerous female cats will enter animal shelters when pregnant and give birth to numerous kittens in need of suitable homes, resources, and medical attention.
Early-term mother cats should be spayed, but late-term pregnancies should be delivered first.
Up until the kittens are born, the mother cat should always be spayed.
We are looking for foster homes for pregnant animals so they can deliver their young in comfort and subsequently get spayed.
creating a rule that forbids spaying any animal that is pregnant
The bigger problem, which is the massive overpopulation of cats, should be dealt with first. This problem is primarily brought on by the presence of many unspayed and unneutered cats, high rates of successful mating, and huge litter sizes.
Since many outdoor cats are cared for by several persons in a neighbourhood and no one claims main ownership of these semi-stray cats, they frequently go without routine veterinary treatment and are not spayed or neutered.
In just a few years, a mother cat in heat and her progeny can be blamed for the birth of several hundred kittens. Two litters of kittens can be born to a female cat each year.
A pregnant cat that has been rescued and spayed will aid in reducing the overpopulation issue. For the enormous number of homeless cats, there aren't enough homes.
The spaying of a pregnant rescued cat will help keep other healthy cats and kittens from being put to death in the shelter. Shelters must make difficult decisions regarding which animals to save and which to put down when room and resources are limited.
Pregnant stray cats who are too young or too elderly are frequently not in the best physical shape to support the pregnancy and raise a litter of kittens.
They might be more prone to problems like rejecting their kittens, which might necessitate providing constant care for their orphaned young.
In these situations, spaying the cats can increase their chances of being healthy and adopted while decreasing the likelihood of orphaned kittens, which have a low chance of survival and demand a lot of resources.