Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Cat

August 27, 2012

Having worked in animal rescue, observing first-hand the impact of unwanted litters of kittens, intact male and female adult cats being dumped at shelters and the futile efforts at times to find homes for all of them, I understand the absolute need to have all felines spayed or neutered.

If you have ever owned or lived next door to an unaltered female kitty, you know how ugly it can get.  Intact male cats come from miles away to visit the lovely lady.  They mill around outside windows and serenade the neighborhood with their yowling calls to their lady-love.  Sometimes they become aggressive and actually attack a homeowner in an effort to get inside the house.

I remember this experience from my own childhood, when my Mom forgot to have my kitty spayed.  Honeybun was an indoor-outdoor cat and must have attracted her followers before she was in heat, because they surrounded our house – front and back yards.  Even my Chow in the back yard didn’t deter these determined boys.  My step-father had to literally fight off one particularly determined tom-cat.

There are many reasons why cats should be spayed or neutered.  Along with preventing pregnancy, the surgery will reduce aggression in males and generally improve the behavior and disposition of an animal.

Veterinarians are performing spay and neuter surgeries at an early age today.  Many kittens are altered as young as 6-8 weeks of age, although most medical professionals prefer to wait until the animals are a bit older.  All cats should receive the surgery before 6 months of age.

Reasons to Spay Your Female Cat:

  • Prevent unwanted litters of kittens.
  • Eliminate an risk of reproductive cancers
  • Reduce the chance of breast – or mammary cancer.
  • Eliminate the problems of caring for a cat in heat.

Reasons to Neuter Your Male Cat:

  • He’ll be less likely to roam.
  • Eliminate the risk of testicular cancer.
  • He’ll be less likely to mark his territory (your house) with sprays of urine.
  • Reduce aggressive tendencies.

Think about all of the millions of unwanted kittens that end up in shelters each year.  Know that the majority of them are not adopted and either die of respiratory illness or are euthanized due to over-crowding.  Do your part to end this cycle and spay or neuter your cat.

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