Doesn’t everyone get their cat or dog spayed and neutered?
No. There are millions of healthy animals put to death each year in U.S. animal shelters because of unaltered cats and dogs and not enough homes for their offspring. Some people don’t know this, or they don’t recognize this is related to themselves or their pets.
People put off spay, neuter due to issues of money, transportation, or time. Some people believe it’s more fair to allow the cat or dog to mate “just this once” — or they think a female pregnancy and offspring will be sweet or educational for their human children. Also, some people don’t know that:
- Pets can start mating as early as six months
- Even indoor-only house pets often find ways to get outdoors when the sexual urge hits them. Whether they disappear for good (due to panic, accidents, or enemies) or they return home, babies are the result.
- An unaltered male cat can father hundreds of kittens a year.
- Statistically speaking, even if a person finds good homes for a litter, some of the litter will grow up and produce litters of their own.
- Spaying a female before her first heat protects her from risks of uterine, ovarian, and mammary cancers.
- Spaying also protects her from the stresses of pregnancy.
- Spaying reduces her frantic interest in the outdoors and reduces the chances that she’ll wander far.
- Spaying reduces the chances she’ll mark your home with urine when she’s in heat.
- Unaltered pets have urges that make them irritable and anxious. They yowl or whine frequently, fight with other pets, and/or destroy objects in the house.
- Neutering a male reduces his risk from numerous health problems.
- Neutering lowers his urge to roam and to fight, and thus lowers chances of disease transmission and woundings.
- Neutering also reduces his tendency to spray in the home.
- And neutering eliminates the powerful odor of adult male cat urine.