Spay and Neuter FAQ's

At what age should cats be spayed or neutered, and is it painful?

The earlier the better, but between 3-4 months is recommended by veterinarians. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia so there is only some discomfort felt thereafter which can be controlled by medication.

Will the procedure change my pet’s disposition or make them fat?

Neutering will change them for the better. It will reduce the need to breed, which has a calming effect on all animals. Like people, lack of exercise and overeating makes pets fat and lazy.

What are the benefits of spaying your female pet?

Besides the huge issue of controlling pet population, sterilized pets tend to live an average of 2-3 years longer than those that are not. Spaying a female cat helps to eliminate uterine infections and tumors of the ovaries and uterus. In addition, females avoid going into heat every 2-3 weeks and it eliminates stress, howling, and aggression.

What are the benefits of neutering your male pet?

Neutering decreases roaming by 90%, stops fighting, and urinating to mark territory. It also helps eliminate prostate tumors, infections, overeating, stress, and aggression.

Shouldn’t I allow my pet to have a litter to allow my children to watch the ‘miracle of birth’?

Countless books and videos are available to teach children about birth in a responsible manner. Letting your pet produce offspring that you have no intention of keeping is setting a poor example. If learning is the goal, help them to understand why it is not a good idea for their pets to have offspring.

How can I help with over population?

Be sure to spay or neuter your pets and inform others of the importance of doing so. Altering is the first step toward preventing homelessness and will allow more pets to be a member of a family, an unconditional benefit for everyone!<

 

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