Not only does desexing mean less unwanted animals are born, and help to reduce certain cancers - it also reduces the chances of your pet being lost.
And what do those funny acronyms mean?
There’s quite a bit of confusion over this! So, let me help to clarify this in words and pictures.
“D” stands for Domestic. Domestic cats are your loveable “moggie”, so they aren’t any specific breed as such (like say a Persian, Siamese or a Birman). The majority of New Zealand cats are domestic cats. The acronyms DSH (Domestic Short Hair), DMH (Domestic Medium Hair) and DLH (Domestic Long Hair) are used for identification purposes by SPCAs, shelters, vets and the NZ Companion Animal Register. It helps us all to use the same language to identify, and match, lost and found cats.