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Cat parents can ‘Beat the Heat’ before spring


It may not yet be summer, but now is the time to “beat the heat” by spaying your cat in advance of her heat cycle and preventing unwanted litters before kitten season arrives this spring – a time when shelters traditionally see large numbers of unwanted litters being born.

To help reduce the number of homeless cats, Hawaii Island Humane Society is offering a “Beat the Heat” promotion sponsored by PetSmart Charities.

In celebration of Spay Day USA in February, HIHS will spay 50 female cats for a special rate of $20.

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.

And, 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.

“Many people don’t know that female cats can have as many as three litters a year, and kittens can breed as young as four months old,” says Donna Whitaker, HIHS executive director. “It’s our goal to bring female cats in before they go into heat and become pregnant. Our ‘Beat the Heat’ promotion is a fun way to educate the community and prevent unwanted litters.”

This special rate of $20 is available to the first 50 domestic cat owners who sign up Jan. 16-31 at the Keaau or Kona shelters.

Twenty surgeries will be allotted to cat owners in Keaau and in Ocean View and 10 surgeries allotted to cat owners in Kona during the month of February.

Cat parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Beat the Heat” promotion when signing up. The promotion is based on availability.

HIHS also sells specially priced spay/neuter coupons that are accepted by many island veterinarians. Male cat neuter coupons are $30 and female cat spay coupons are $60, which is nearly half what the typical cost.

For further information, call 329-1175 or the Spay/Neuter Hotline at 987-7208 or visit

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