February is National Spay/Neuter Month – a reminder that there’s no better time than the present to ensure your pet is taken care of in the best way you can!
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- Collectively, with more spay/neuters, a community will have less stray pets, less disturbance and damage caused by them, and lower tax expenditures for the shelter of homeless pets.
- You won’t add to the millions of homeless pets that are euthanized every year.
- Eliminate your risk! The average number of litters a fertile cat produces is one to two a year; the average number of kittens is four to six per litter.*
- Eliminate your risk! The average number of litters a fertile dog produces is one a year; the average number of puppies is four to six.*
- It’s cheaper! Spay/Neuter costs less than raising puppies or kittens.
- Reduces/eliminates spraying and marking, in cats.
- Reduces/eliminates desire to roam, territorial fighting and resulting injury and disease, in cats.
- Reduces aggressive behavior, including associated dog bites.
- Reduces/eliminates mammary gland/ovarian/uterine and testicular cancers and prostate disease.
- Encourages longer, healthier life for your pet.
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Dear Kim, the reasons you gave for spaying/neutering are so sound. All of them are true also from my own experience of not doing so and then doing so for the cats with whom I’ve lived for the last 40 years. Thank you for reminding everyone to do this out of their love for the animals with whom they live. Peace.
Peggy Frezon says
The last reason is one of the best! Oh, and because we truly care about each animal out there and they deserve a long, happy and healthy life.
And thanks for stopping by and saying happy birthday to Kelly!
Joylene Nowell Butler says
Since we moved out to the lake in 92, we’ve had 6 stray cats show up at our door at different times. It was as if word got out that they’d be welcome here. Not just any cats, they were beautiful, affectionate, intelligent. I don’t understand how anyone could move and leave their cat behind. Today we have 2 elders left, 2 disappeared, probably fox, and 2 passed on from old age. I would trade any of them.
Mom has always spayed or neutered her pets…I was the first animal she had that went into heat but because I am so rare, she was seriously considering breeding me. She was always careful of me when I was in heat which for me was only once a year but then she decided that she was not a breeder and should leave that up to others and at that point I was spayed and I am happy to say that I no longer have my moods or my panties!!!
Right on! That was a great list!
Kimberly Gauthier, The Fur Mom says
Absolutely! Two of our dogs were spayed/neutered (boy, girl littermates) at 6 months and our puppy arrived neutered. It’s one less thing we have to worry about and I love it.
Ann Staub says
Great reminder to everyone! Love your list.
Excellent post! Thanks for getting it out there.
Mary Haight @dancingdogblog says
Glad you wrote for World Spay Day! It’s so important to remind people why spay/neuter should not be a topic that puts them to sleep…that there is a life-saving correlation. Great post – thanks Kim!
Vicki Stringfellow Cook says
Kim – thanks for participating in the BTC4A World Spay Day Blog Hop and for sharing your Top 10 Reasons to Spay/Neuter Your Pet. For me, it’s really all about the number of homeless animals out there. So many, dogs and cats end up in shelters each year – and half of them are euthanized! It’s a shame that a single healthy animal needs to be put down for lack of a forever home.