Love Your Pets :: Feline Spay & Neuter
When and why should I spay or neuter my kitty?
of the ovaries and uterus
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
||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
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.
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
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.
OUR FAVORITE SPAY and NEUTER LINKS
(A list of veterinarians who participate in discounts for spaying and neutering)
(More information on Spay/Neuter efforts and also links to participating vets)
(List of low-cost or free programs toward spaying and neutering, listed by state)
- CAT FACTS: SPAY AND NEUTER PROGRAMS
OVERPOPULATION - CFA'S POSITION
WINN FELINE FOUNDATION REPORTS ON EARLY SPAY/NEUTER
Please show your support by visiting these wonderful sites dedicated to Spay/Neuter efforts. Teach, educate, spread the word!!!