By Kathy Taylor
Spaying and neutering is good for cats –
• A neutered male cat will live 62% longer than an un-neutered cat, and a spayed female cat will live 39% longer than an un-spayed cat.
• Spayed female cats have a seven-times reduced risk of mammary cancer. Spaying also eliminates ovarian and uterine cancer. Neutering a male cat eliminates the risk of testicular cancer and decreases the incidence of prostate disease.
• The stress of giving birth makes female cats vulnerable to illnesses such as upper respiratory disease, parasites and infections.
• Hundreds of thousands of cats die each year due to traffic accidents, the leading cause of death in cats. Spaying and neutering eliminates the urge to roam in search of a mater, and will keep your cat safe at home.
• Neutering cats decreases aggression, and fighting, thereby reducing bite abscesses and other wounds. It also reduces the likelihood of contracting and spreading deadly diseases, such as feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus.
Spaying and neutering your cat is good for YOU –
• Spayed and neutered cats tend to have fewer health problems resulting in lower veterinary expenses.
• Spaying and neutering will make your cat a calmer, gentler, and more affectionate companion.
• Neutering a cat eliminates the urge to spray strong-smelling urine as a way to mark his territory in 85% of male cats.
• Spaying a female cat eliminates the yowling, mood swings and attempts to escape from the house while she is in heat. It will keep away tomcats, who can hear and smell her from great distances. The tomcats will also spray in your yard, and fight with other male cats over her.
Spaying will stop this cycle, which will repeat itself every two to three weeks.
• A female cat can have three litters of three to six kittens every year. Spaying your cat can save you the headache of finding good homes for a dozen or more kittens, year after year.
Spaying and neutering your cat is good for your community –
• When you spay or neuter your cat, you are not adding to the already large number of unwanted cats in our community and the animal shelter.
• Spaying and neutering cats eliminates unwanted behaviors such as fighting, spraying, roaming and yowling. It makes cats better-behaved and healthier members of our community.
• When you spay or neuter your cat, you are doing your part to help our entire community.