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No animal lover gets any pleasure out of animal euthanasia. The sheer thought of it makes most of us feel a sense of despair and overwhelming sadness. This feeling is even gloomier when the animal is euthanized through no fault of its own...for just being born!
We all know that cats pose a threat to native wildlife wherever they are reared, but most sensible cat owners do what they can to alleviate this problem through keeping their cats well-fed and imposing curfews on them at night by locking them indoors. Probably the single most important step any cat owner can take, if they are not a breeder, is to have their cats de-sexed. This ensures that populations are kept down - both feral and housed. Fewer cats means fewer are euthanized, and the toll on wildlife is reduced.
If you don't already own a cat but would like to there are many cat adoption programmes in different countries. In Australia, these are run by shelters and organisations like the RSPCA. By adopting a cat or kitten from the RSPCA you are not only taking on a pet that has already been de-sexed, micro-chipped and vaccinated, you are also doing your bit to support an organisation that cares deeply about animal welfare.
Of course, owning a pet is one thing but understanding them is another. If you're anything like us, you'll want to know as much as you can about your feline friend!