Cat Owners should “Beat the Heat” Before Spring with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay’s Spay/Neuter Promotion

Warmer weather may still be months away, but the Humane Society of Tampa Bay wants you to “beat the heat” by spaying your cat in advance of her heat cycle and preventing unwanted litters from being born this Spring.

Animal shelters commonly refer to spring time as “kitten season” because that is when they receive the largest influx numbers of unwanted litters that are difficult to adopt.

To help reduce the number of homeless cats born this spring, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is offering a special “Beat the Heat” promotion sponsored by PetSmart Charities®. During the entire month of February, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay will spay female cats for a special rate of $20 at their Animal Health Center.

Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population. While some worry that their pet may be too young for this procedure, spaying and neutering is safe for kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Spaying a female cat before the first heat cycle is actually beneficial, rather than waiting until after one heat cycle has occurred. The procedure is known to improve the health of the pet, including a reduced risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.

“Female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as four months old,” says Sherry Silk, Executive Director of the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “Most people don’t want to see their cat get pregnant over and over again, so hopefully our “Beat the Heat” campaign will serve as a gentle reminder to cat owners to sterilize their cats before they go into heat and become pregnant this year.”

This special rate is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost price and is available to all residents of Hillsborough County. Cat parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Beat the Heat” promotion when they schedule their appointment.

Thanks to the PetSmart Charities grant, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay will provide 275 cat sterilizations for $20 during February. Call 813.870.3304 for more information or to schedule an appointment.