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When and why should I spay or neuter my kitty?
 
 

FELINE SPAY
Ovariohysterectomy
Removal of the ovaries and uterus
FELINE NEUTER
Castration
Removal of the testicles and spermatic cord
Ideal age is 4-6 months, but very beneficial even if your kitty is older Ideal age is 4-6 months, but very beneficial even if your kitty is older
Cats have a less than 1% chance of developing breast cancer if spayed before the first heat cycle Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer
If spayed after one heat cycle, kitty has an 8% chance of developing breast cancer Greatly reduces the risk of prostate cancer and prostatitis
If spayed after two heat cycles, the risk increases to 26% Reduces the risk of perianal tumors
After two years, no protective benefit exists against breast cancer Reduces roaming and fighting
Kitties with diabetes or epilepsy should be spayed to prevent hormonal changes that may interfere with medication Eliminates or reduces spraying (territorial marking)
Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer Eliminates the risk and spread of sexually transmitted diseases
Eliminates unwanted pregnancies Eliminates unwanted litters

 

COMMON MYTHS
SPAYING AND NEUTERING YOUR PET DOES NOT:

  • Cause laziness or hyperactivity

  • Reduce your pet's instinct to protect your family and home

  • Cause immature behaviors

  • Postpone or delay normal behavioral maturity

  • Alter your pet's personality in any manner

Your vet and his staff will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about spaying or neutering your pet. Please do not hesitate to discuss your concerns, and please do not hesitate to inform and educate yourself and others about the benefits of spaying and neutering.

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"EXCUSES, EXCUSES......."
COMMON EXCUSES FOR NOT SPAYING or NEUTERING:

  • "My pet will get fat or lazy"

    Spaying or neutering may diminish your pet's activity level because the natural tendency to wander is diminished. Pets who become overweight after spaying or neutering are usually those that are over-fed and not encouraged to exercise. It's up to you to ensure proper diet and exercise for your pet to reduce the chance of becoming overweight.

  • "My pet's personality will change"

    Altering actually decreases aggressive or dominant behaviors and will also help reduce roaming or wandering tendencies, which is, of course, much safer for your pet

  • "I want my children to witness the 'miracle of birth' "

    Any unnecessary intrusions during pregnancy and birthing can cause a great deal of stress on a mother kitty, thereby increasing the potential for her to neglect her newborn litter. Agressive behaviors can also stem during pregnancy and birth and possibly cause injury to children. Educate your children through literature, and allow them to visit or tour veterinary hospitals, zoos, and other animal related outlets to give them a sense of the facts of life and a sense of responsibility. Teaching begins with YOU, please be responsible

  • "We can make money by selling kittens/puppies"

    Even the most educated, experienced, and caring breeders are lucky if they can "break even" when dealing with the costs of stud fees, vaccinations, pet food costs, unexpected emergencies, and other health care costs. Please leave breeding to those responsible, professional breeders who care about the breeds and also try to improve the standard of the breeds they raise

  • "I'm concerned about my pet undergoing anesthesia"

    Although there are risks with ANY surgery or procedure that involves anesthesia, the anesthetics currently used by vets are very safe. Pre-surgical blood screen tests are also available to determine your pet's candidacy for anesthesia (and also determines liver and kidney function). Most vets use monitoring equipment that monitors the heart and respiratory rates of your pet during the course of anesthesia. Please discuss your concerns with your vet and he will be happy to help you in understanding the procedure, what's involved and the benefits

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AN UNFORTUNATE REALITY

More than 4 MILLION pets are euthanized in U.S animal shelters and humane societies each year simply because not enough homes are available. Many are kittens and puppies less than 6 months old. Help stop this needless loss of life. Please do your part,

SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PET !



A CAT'S PRAYER

I ask for the priveledge of not being born.....
not to be born until you can assure me
of a home and a master to protect me,
and the right to live as long as
I am physically able to enjoy life.....
not to be born until my body is precious
and men have ceased to exploit it
because it is cheap and plentiful.

author unknown

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OUR FAVORITE SPAY and NEUTER LINKS

SPAY / USA
1-800-248-SPAY
(A list of veterinarians who participate in discounts for spaying and neutering)

FRIENDS OF ANIMALS
1-800-321-PETS
(More information on Spay/Neuter efforts and also links to participating vets)

LOVE THAT CAT
(List of low-cost or free programs toward spaying and neutering, listed by state)

PAWPRINTS AND PURRS

TUGGER'S CAMPAIGN

CFA - CAT FACTS: SPAY AND NEUTER PROGRAMS

CAT OVERPOPULATION - CFA'S POSITION

THE WINN FELINE FOUNDATION REPORTS ON EARLY SPAY/NEUTER

THE DOG HAUSE

Please show your support by visiting these wonderful sites dedicated to Spay/Neuter efforts. Teach, educate, spread the word!!!


 
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