[UPDATE – December, 9]: Since Sr. Gato and his tabby brother (we are still working on a good name) seem to be really closer to each other, we decided to keep both ♥]
May I introduce you to Felipe‘s cat, “Sr. Gato”:
He is a black and white mongrel cat and was adopted from a litter of six. His mother is owned our friend Mariana who’s also keeping one of his siblings (the yellow tabby one, she named him “Tanjal”). Sr. Gato and his litter mates are already going to good and loving homes, but unfortunately not all puppies and kitties are this lucky.
The number of abandoned animals grows everyday around the world – Brazil is no different. There aren’t enough shelters (if any at all) and there are already too many stray dogs and cats on the streets.
Lately some activist and kind-hearted people are engaging on projects to raise awareness of how important it is neutering/spaying pets in an attempt to decrease those numbers, but there’s still a very long way to go. Specially because many people in Brazil (mostly men but women too) are still reluctant to spay their pets due to silly human beliefs.
Spaying and neutering makes a big difference: Just one unaltered female dog and her offspring can produce 67,000 puppies in only six years. In seven years, one female cat and her offspring can produce an incredible 370,000 kittens! – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Spaying/Neutering not only helps to decrease the number of stray animals but also eliminates the discomfort females endure during heat periods and makes males less likely to roam, fight or get involved into accidents as they scape on the streets. It also reduces the risk of many types of cancer and other diseases.
Therefore, if you’re not a professional breeder, spaying/neutering is surely the best thing you can do not only for your beloved pet’s sake but also for the sake of many others.
Needless to say, Sr. Gato is going to be neutered as soon as he reaches the proper age.