Behavior Tips for Intact Female Cats
During times of crisis, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, veterinarians in some communities may stop offering elective surgical services, including spay/neuter. That means adoption agencies must consider fostering or adopting out intact animals, with the requirement that pets get spayed/neutered when regular veterinary services resume.
In the meantime, caregivers can follow these four tips to address any problems that may arise from living with an intact female cat, such as unwanted pregnancy, damaged household items, and pyometra:
- Keep cats indoors
- Set up and maintain litter boxes appropriately
- Monitor for pyometra
- Separate intact male and female cats
To get more detailed information about these tips, download the PDF.
For more information, read the ASPCA Statement Concerning Spay and Neuter of Shelter Animals During COVID-19.
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