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Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Cat


neutering catIf you’re reading SimplyCatBreeds today, chances are you’re a cat person. One quality of such an individual is the desire to see and care for as many cats as possible (or at least it is in this author’s experience), but there’s a subject that we seem to forget at times: The need to have our kitty fixed. Getting your cat spayed or neutered is one of those all-important steps for feline ownership, but do you know exactly why? Let’s talk just a bit about the positives of such a procedure.


Cats, like dogs and mice and rabbits, like to procreate. They can do so at an alarming rate because they don’t generally just birth one new kitty every time, but a litter consisting of three or more. This means that left unchecked, an area’s cat population will continue to grow exponentially unless something is done, specifically having the animals altered (fixed).


For a house cat, the choice should be fairly simple. A kitty that lives its entire life indoors has zero need for the equipment in question, so allowing them to go unaltered only increases the off chance that they’ll get out at some point and continue the cycle of stray cats and overcrowded shelters.


Furthermore, putting your cat under the knife has some other clear benefits as well. Male cats tend to spray and mark their territory when they still have all the needed pieces, but instead of trees and bushes, they’ll be putting down their signature on your couch or TV or something like that. Getting them fixed will typically remove this problem all together, or at least reduce the likelihood.


Female cats, on the other hand, have the problem of going into heat at various times when they haven’t been spayed. This can result in a very irritable feline and a bad situation all around. Worse yet, if she does manage to get out and comes home pregnant, you’re directly responsible for taking care of these new kittens, and just sending them to a shelter only makes things far more difficult for that facility. They’re dealing with enough strays and unwanted/homeless cats as it is.


The pros for spaying and neutering far outweigh the cons, to be perfectly straight forward. The only perceived negative side effects are the inability to breed and a possible loss of energy. True, some cats once fixed will become more sluggish, but in my experience this has both not been the case or been unnoticeable as this is a cat we’re talking about. It’s not like having a hyperactive feline is at the top of my list of things I desperately need/want.


With breeding, yes, you’ll need to keep your pets unaltered, but think about the need for this. As previously mentioned, animal shelters worldwide are suffering from crippling overcrowding, at times having to turn pets away or euthanizing more than they’d prefer. Things are even more difficult for the no-kill shelters as they have to deal with being past capacity constantly. The world is not hurting for amazing kitties, so perhaps it’s best to leave the breeding to the professionals for now, yes?


Just remember, the act of fixing your cat is not a cruel practice but an act of love. You are doing a wonderful thing for this pet as you are firmly deciding that their life will be a positive one, free of unwanted litters and new stray cats. Better yet, the procedure is incredibly cheap with some pet clinics agreeing to perform them for free in some areas. Make the right choice here. What have you got to lose?



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