Why neuter your cat?

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The Humane Society of the United States estimates that six to eight million pets are surrendered to shelters each year, and that about four million are euthanized annually.

An unspayed female cat, her mate and all of their offspring, producing two litters per year, with an average of 2.8 surviving kittens per litter, can total 12 cats in one year, 67 cats within two years, and rapidly spike to 376 cats in three years, and then to an astounding 11 million cats within that single cat’s nine year reproductive lifespan, according to spayusa.org.

Many people feel that they don’t need to neuter their male cat because males don’t have litters. But a single, intact male cat roaming the neighborhood can impregnate several females, and those females can have multiple litters a season. If your neighbor figures out that it was your Prince that got his Princess pregnant, you might find yourself opening your wallet to cover expenses.

Intact male cats are prone to roaming and can go missing for days. They tend to mark their territory with a distinctive (bad smelling) urine in and around your home, an odor that is very hard to remove from furniture and carpeting.

Roaming less also reduces the risk of getting hit by a car, getting into fights over females, and putting themselves at risk for bite wounds, abscesses and disease.

A few myths about neutering to debunk:

My cat will get fat: Cats get fat due to overeating and lack of exercise. Increase play time and watch his diet to prevent obesity.

My cat’s personality will change: Your cat’s personality is more likely caused by genetics and the environment he was raised in. He will still be the same kitty he was before you neutered him. You will also avoid hormone-related aggressive and territorial behavior.

My cat is a purebred: There are purebred cats in shelters across the world.

If the cost of neutering your cat is a deterrent to you, consider the cost of treating the illnesses and injuries that can arise from letting him roam the neighborhood intact. If you can’t afford to neuter your cat, there are organizations out there that can help. Contact your veterinarian or local shelters to get more information on low cost spay clinics or vouchers in your area.

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