Meow! This is Jingles and Cinder. Today Miss Ella went to the vet to get something called spayed. Mama said that it isn’t fair to Miss Ella to be continually falling into heat about every 2 weeks. See mama has tried 3 times to make this appointment, but had been told in error, that after she was in heat, Ella had to go a month between cycles before she could be spayed. Turns out that was wrong! So poor Miss Ella, has fallen into heat 2 to 3 more times at a spell of every two weeks. Can you imagine how that must feel?
So we thought we would share the benefits of spaying and neutering your pets.
Spaying, Neutering, and the Responsible Pet Owner
Pets come with a lot of responsibilities, and your decisions affect more than you and your cat. In truth, they affect the whole of society. One such decision is whether to spay or neuter your cat.
What is spaying and neutering?
Spaying and neutering are surgical procedures to remove your cat’s ability to reproduce. Neutering (for males) requires two simple incisions and Spaying (for females) is a little more invasive, but both are low risk surgeries. Your cat should recover completely within a few days.
Why spay and neuter?
- You won’t contribute to pet overpopulation – Stray pets are a huge problem. There are too many pets for shelters to handle: so many that some consider euthanizing as a control. By not neutering or spaying your cat, it’s not a matter of if your pet will reproduce, it’s when.
- Even indoor cats can accidentally get out – If you think your indoor cat is safe, think again. Hormones can turn even the most docile cat into a roamer, so be proactive and get your cat fixed.
- It can calm your pet – Animals who are spayed and neutered often display calmer dispositions, are more social, and are less likely to roam. Males become less aggressive. It is a myth that females have better temperaments after having one litter.
- Your pet will no longer display embarrassing and annoying “heat” behaviors – Once the hormones stop, so does the behavior attributed to them.
- Male cat urine will actually smell better – It’s still cat urine and it still smells bad, but not as bad.
- If you neuter your male at the right time, he won’t spray – While some cats still spray anyway, the majority of them will never start if you get them neutered at the appropriate time (about 6 months old for kittens). Neutering stops approximately 85% of adult male cats from spraying.
- Male cats will fight less – And as a result, your cat is less likely to end up with a serious injury or infection (not to mention an expensive vet bill). By fighting, your cat could also be more susceptible to contracting the incurable viruses cat leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus (both are contracted through exchange of body fluid).
The Plain Truth
- Your cat will not become overweight or lazy as a result of spaying or neutering – As long as you provide exercise and a healthy diet, your cat should not become overweight.
- Cat breeding is not a profitable business – Leave breeding to breeders who know exactly what they are doing. Breeding cats will not bring you a fortune; costs often come close to matching any potential profit. Also, with so many strays and free cats available (often from those who should have spayed/neutered their cats), there just isn’t a high demand.
- It’s never too late to spay/neuter your cat – Think you missed your chance? Spaying or neutering your cat can be done at any age, though it is better to fix a kitten before they are 7 months old. If you fix a kitten before he/she goes through puberty, they are less likely to pick up the habits associated with it.
You can find the link to this article here ——> http://en.homesalive.ca/learning-centre/cat-learning-centre/spayneuter.aspx