February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month. Please make sure your cats are altered before the upcoming spring and summer months when there is a huge spike in the numbers of new kittens brought to area animal shelters. Remember, not only can spaying or neutering your cats help control the local cat population, but it can also protect their health. Female cats altered over 6 months of age are seven times more likely to develop malignant breast tumors later in life. Both male and female cats are more likely to urine mark in the house and try to escape when not altered or altered later in life.