During the COVID-19 pandemic, the availability of spay appointments for cats and kittens has become extremely limited. A significant number of spay and neuter clinics closed their doors entirely for several months in 2020, and they are still working through a sizeable backlog of surgery needs. The wait is months long in some cases.

Thankfully there is a short-term, non-surgical way to prevent estrus, or “heat,” and pregnancy in female cats—Megestrol Acetate (MA). To help you educate yourself and others about the critical role MA can play at this time, Alley Cat Allies has a brand new infographic. Check it out and share it with your family, friends, or anyone in your community who cares for cats!

Since the early days of the pandemic, Alley Cat Allies has been working with veterinary experts to provide outreach and education about MA as a form of oral birth control for cats. Backed by veterinarians and requiring a veterinarian prescription for use, MA can buy time until a spay appointment is available.

For caregivers of an unspayed female cat, animal shelter professionals, members of an animal protection group, and veterinary professionals, MA as a contraceptive is a welcome and necessary approach to help cats at this challenging time.

Visit our Megestrol Acetate webpage resource to get the facts, including dosage and treatment information.