February has been designated by Chase’s Calendar of Events as Feline Fix by Five month. Cat enthusiasts can celebrate Feline Fix by Five month by going to the Feline Fix by Five web site to learn about the benefits of spaying and neuters cats before the are five months of age.
And show off your cat by entering their cat in the Feline Fix by Five Facebook Photo Contest.
For the first time in recent history, there is now a clear and consistent message for owners regarding when to fix their cats. In late 2016, at a Veterinary Task Force meeting of professionals from the major veterinary organizations; the American Veterinary Medical Association; the American Association of Feline Practitioners; the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and the American Animal Hospital Association along with the Catalyst Council, The Cat Fanciers’ Association and The International Cat Association came to a consensus to take back to their respective organizations. By July 2017, the boards of all of the veterinary organizations had officially endorsed the Feline Fix by Five initiative which advocates sterilization of cats before five months of age.
This recommendation to sterilize cats by five months of age would prevent enormous suffering if followed because millions of unwanted kittens will no longer be born to a very uncertain fate. There are also clear health and behavior benefits of sterilization prior to first heat.
Cats are the darlings of social media. So use this opportunity to show off your favorite feline and win her some great stuff.