How desexing cats saves lives

By Tim Doherty, Edith Cowan University and Mike Calver, Murdoch University

Thousands of unowned cats wander Australian streets every night. Some are feral, existing in self-sustaining populations not reliant on people, while others are semi-feral and are either fed by people or scavenge discarded food.

Those cats hunt native fauna and harbour disease and parasites that can be passed on to humans, pets and wildlife.

Yet depending on where you live in Australia, the rules on desexing and registering your cat can vary wildly. The result? Greater risks to human health, and tens of thousands of kittens and cats needlessly killed in animal shelters every year. Continue reading