The Benefits of Spaying / Neutering your Pet
Spaying or neutering your cat will be one of the most important decisions you make concerning the care and welfare of not only your cat, but other cats as well.
As of today, the pet overpopulation crisis is catastrophically serious. Animals are euthanized every single day, and cats at a much higher rate, simply because there is not enough room for them at shelters. According to the ASPCA, approximately 1.3 million cats are euthanized every year. By acting responsibly and spaying / neutering our pets, we will begin to address this devastating statistic.
Find out how spaying or neutering not only helps control an overpopulation crisis, but also increases the health, lifespan, and livelihood of your cat!
REDUCE SPRAYING & MARKING
Unspayed females may urinate when they are in heat and this is difficult to stop. Recommended treatment to this problem starts with having your cat spayed.
During your cat’s heat cycle there are numerous behavioural problems that appear when cats are searching or yearning for available mates. Such as, owners of females having to deal with an influx of male cats around their property.
This not only affects their pet’s behaviour, but this isn’t too great for the owner if they wake up to howling cats at 2 in the morning either.
Spayed / neutered cats also make for better and friendlier companions. Tying into the previous point, you will have to deal with much less roaming, running away, and the biting or scratching that occurs during this period.
LOWER RISK OF HEALTH COMPLICATIONS
Cancer: Mammary cancer is the third most common cancer in cats. Reproductive hormones are one of the primary causes of mammary cancer in the cat. Cats who have been spayed before their first heat cycle have a 40-60% lower risk of developing mammary cancer than those who have not been spayed. In male cats, neutering also reduces the chances of developing testicular cancer, prostatic disease, and hernias.
Tumors: Tumors in the reproductive tracts, uterus, or ovaries can also be avoided by reducing ovarian hormone levels when spaying.
The fact is that the US is facing a severe pet overpopulation crisis as a whole and spay / neuter is the only way to overcome it.