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Benefits of Spaying and Neutering



The most obvious benefit of neutering your pet is to help control an exploding pet population. There are some misconceptions about having your pet “fixed”. However, being spayed directly helps the health of your pet. The urge to roam and find a mate decreases, which reduces the risk of getting lost, running away, or falling victim to outside threats. For both males and females the risk of certain cancers are reduced. Also the risk of contracting contagious diseases also goes down. Some behavior problems can also be eased. For male cats and dogs marking or spotting reduces and territorial behavior especially in cats frequently improves, and aggressiveness in both male cats and dogs tends to ease and fighting is usually less frequent. For females, their mood tends to be more balanced and agreeable. There is also a significant convenience factor of not having to deal with a female pet in heat. Also health risks associated with pregnancy obviously are avoided.



Unfortunately, there continue to be a variety of misconceptions about having a pet fixed. There are a variety of reasons given by people not wanting to spay their pet. However, they generally are not factual or well thought out. Some don't want to pay the cost of surgery. However, the cost of caring for newborn kittens or puppies is not cheap. Also, one can receive a certificate from a local shelter or humane society for a significantly discounted procedure. Some don't want their pet's personality changed. For most animals the change is mild to non-existent, and generally if there is a change it is towards a less aggressive milder manner. Some are concerned with their pet gaining weight. Especially for males if the desire to roam is reduced some pets will put on weight. However, this can be countered with appropriate diet and exercise, and the health benefits of neutering outweigh a possible weight gain. Others want another pet just like the one they have. The odds of this are extremely low, especially for mixed breed animals. Looking at a litter of kittens frequently even brothers and sisters look completely different. For people who feel their purebred pet should be allowed to breed, the argument is similar. Even experienced breeders don't get all the traits they are looking for most of the time, and there are plenty of purebred animals that are currently in shelters. Others believe this is a good way to teach children about life. Many animals will hide when giving birth, and a cat or dog is probably not the best teaching tool to teach about birth and life. Some don't want to deprive their pet of a partner. However, the emotional needs of pets are quite different from that of a person and they really aren't being deprived. A myth also exists that a female cat should have one litter before she is spayed. This is unnecessary and over the years can lead to hundreds of thousands of kittens. Finally, some feel that it is simply unnatural to have their pet fixed. However, much of the pet population situation is unnatural, and having a pet fixed is a much kinder solution than allowing the pet population to expand exponentially. In reality the lifespan of spayed and neutered pets is longer than those that aren't, and having your pet fixed is a great service to them and the pet population as a whole.




 

 


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