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To spay/neuter or not to spay/neuter, that is the question

Mirror, Mirror, who's the fairest kitty of all? Fluffy admiring herself before a long nap.
Mirror, Mirror, who's the fairest kitty of all? Fluffy admiring herself before a long nap.
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Is to spay/neuter or not to spay/neuter really a question? Statistics beg the question. They tell us that us humans are overpopulating the world. There're 10,000 new babies entering the world everyday. Puppies and kittens are being born at the rate of 70,000 everyday. That's a far bigger overpopulation problem and it cost us humans millions of dollars every year in euthanization costs alone. Healthy kittens, cats, puppies, and dogs are put down every year simply because there aren't enough homes for them to go to or enough room in the shelters to house them. To spay or neuter isn't a question or an option, it's an obligation that we have to our companions as responsible pet parents. What was that? Your fluffy is an indoor cat so why should I have her spayed? Spaying and neutering has many other benefits besides birth control. We'll look at some of the biggest ones in this article.

Your companion will live a longer, healthier life. Uterine and breast cancer is fatal to fifty percent of the dogs and ninety percent of the cats that get it. Spaying you companion before she goes into heat for the first time is the best proactive step to take to reduce their chances of getting uterine and/or breast cancer. Neutering a male helps prevent testicular cancer if it's done during the first six months of life.

Contrary to popular belief, having your male companion neutered won't make him fat and lazy. It will prevent a male from marking his territory with strong smelling urine. Neutered males are also much better behaved and pay more attention to their human companions. They are less aggressive. Unaltered males commit Seventy-nine percent of all fatal dog attacks and most of those attacks are made on people who already know the dog. Neutering your dog will keep your family safer.

Participating in the spay/neuter program offered by the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society is cost effective in every way. It costs less to have a female cat spayed than it will cost for you to care for a litter of five or six kittens. It will cost less to have your dog neutered than it will to have him patched up time and time again when he comes home beaten and bloody from getting into fights. Spaying and neutering is expensive but cheap in the long term. The Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society also offers discounts to qualifying pet parents.

Be a responsible pet parent, have your companion spayed or neutered. Click here for more information on the spay/neuter program


  • Sherri THornhill-Generation X Examiner 5 years ago

    I get my animals from the SPCA so they come spayed/neutered. I think it's important to get it done:)

  • Elizabeth Kelly: Gourmet Food Examiner 5 years ago

    All my cats are now gender neutral!

  • Carol Roach, Montreal Mental Health Examiner 5 years ago

    I have three male cats they are all neutered, Junior is viscious he used to love finnegan the middle one until finnegan matured now he keeps attacking him. He plays with the baby Rugby though, Rugby will only be a year next month.

  • Emylou Lewis 5 years ago

    Yes, we had ours neutered.


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