I have two family members who recall a project that was started back in the 70s to create a safely ingestible substance that interfered with the reproductive systems of cats in order to prevent pregnancy.
They both say that one of the large pet food companies poured money into shutting down the project because they could see the massive loss of profit that would result from the elimination of the cat overpopulation.
Supposedly the project had already produced a working substance and was in the final stages of testing when it was shut down.
Can someone please check if anyone at PETA has any information on this?
I can’t express with words how badly a substance like this is needed.
I know it’s related to stray cats & dogs.
What I said is that spaying & neutering helps the stray cat problem but it is not the solution to problem, and that another solution is desperately needed.
People have to catch the cats, hold them until a vet is available to performs the surgery, then drive them to the vet & pay for the surgery.
The stray cat populations continue to grow because there simply aren’t enough people willing or able to do this.
There’s too much time, money and effort involved.
Not to mention that it’s a terrifying process for most stray cats who have never been caged or taken to a vet. And post-procedure pain medication is almost never given to them so they have to endure the pain caused by the surgery.
Thanks for sharing what you know about current progress in developing an oral solution.
Hopefully there will be rapid progress in developing a better ingestible substance.
Note that I’m referring to stray cats, not companion cats.
Spaying & neutering companion cats helps the overall problem but it isn’t the solution to the stray cat problem.
The vast majority of people are not willing to catch the stray cats, take them to a vet and pay to have them spayed or neutered, so the stray cat numbers continue to grow and a solution besides spaying & neutering is desperately needed.
I’m not very concerned about stray dogs right now.
In every town I’ve been to, the stray dog problem is virtually non-existent compared to the stray cat problem.
I would agree that spaying & neutering is the best solution but the simple fact is that the vast majority of the population is unwilling (or unable) to catch the stray cats in their area, take them to a vet and pay to have them spayed or neutered.
Another solution is urgently needed.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any information on this. Remember that the best thing that we can do to fight the overpopulation of dogs and cats is to spay and neuter our companion animals, and urge everyone we know to do the same!
~Annie from peta2.
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