The Importance of Spay & Neutering

I know a lot of people who don’t have their cat or dog spayed or neutered yet. I always try to tell the importance of neutering, and that some vets have programs and solutions if you do not have enough money to get your cat neutered. But why is it so important?

In every country, in every state there are homeless animals. A big part of those homeless animals end up in animals shelters, where a part gets adopted, and the other part are euthanized. Some pets that get euthanized are sick, but not always. Sweet, loving pets who would have made a great pet, a great companion also get euthanized.

But neutering and euthanizing your pets, you will help to get rid of the overpopulation of cats and dogs and other animals as well.

The Reasons

Sick, doesn’t get adopted, not adoptable, not the desired color most people want(black cats barely get adopted), the shelter is full and needs to make place for more cats or other pets, too old.

The number of homeless animals varies by state—in some states there are as many as 300,000 homeless animals euthanized in animal shelters every year. These are not the offspring of homeless “street” animals—these are the puppies and kittens of cherished family pets and even purebreds.


A group of ferals.

Even your own cat could become homeless. Not many people think about it, but it’s possible. But there are dogs who will try to find every opportunity to get out and escape, and not just dogs but cats too, to get to the neighbors cat. It won’t be the first time they end up pregnant. Which results in a litter of puppies or kittens.

But even if they are placed into homes, there is a chance they end up in a shelter once they become ‘hard to handle’, or they have issues the owner just doesn’t like, or for them to reproduce further and for the next generation of puppies or kittens to wind up homeless.

That’s why it is so important to spay and neuter your pets! So they don’t come home with a ‘big’ surprise, or your cat suddenly pooped out a litter of kittens. There are millions and millions of cats and dogs euthanized in shelters, and spay and neutering your pet is the only effective way of birth control for dogs and cats!

Other Animals Too

Don’t forget about your rabbit or ferret! Rabbits reproduce faster than dogs and cats do. And they often end up in shelters where they are almost always euthanized.

Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Programs

Whether you lost your dog, or you just don’t have enough money. Today, that’s not an excuse anymore not to spay or neuter your dog, cat or other animals. These days, there are easily affordable and accessible surgeries for owners who just don’t have enough money. Contact your vet about these programs!

Healthier Lives

Many pets that are neutered and spayed live much happier and healthier lives. Unspayed and unneutered pets are often anxious or frustrated. Male cats will mark their territory by spraying, cats will whine and meow like crazy. It causes a lot of stress for animals!

A sterilized cat will cost less in vet bills! Sure litters are so much fun, kittens and puppies and baby animals in general are super cute. But what if things go wrong? Problems with the delivery could lead to Caesarian section. You can lose kittens or puppies or even lose the mother.

Spaying also eliminates uterine infection and reduces the risk of mammary cancer. Neutering prevents testicular and prostate cancer. If you neuter or spay your pet  he or she won’t face the danger of being in fights, run over or exposed to diseases while in heat or in search of a mate.

Better Behaved

Neutered and spayed cats or dogs will behave better if they are spayed or neutered. They will not mark the place anymore or ruin your furniture and sometimes they can even become aggressive towards you or the other animals in the house.

Did You Know..?

  • There’s a ration of 1 pet with a home: 4 who are abandoned, abused and neglected.
  • 50,000 puppies and kittens are born each day.
  • An average of an almost 100 dogs find themselves in shelters within a single day.
  • Only a small percentage of pets are successfully adopted by families.
  • Getting your pet neutered/spayed can be performed safely at as early as 8 weeks of age.

Millions of pet are euthanized each year. By spaying and neutering your pet, you can be an important part of the solution. Contact your veterinarian today and be sure to let your family and friends and everyone else know that they should do the same.


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10 Responses to “The Importance of Spay & Neutering”

  1. onespoiledcat

    It’s sad that people don’t “get” the importance of spaying and neutering….Thanks for reminding everybody Dianda!

    Pam (and Sam)

    • Dianda

      I know a few people who haven’t got their cats spayed or neutered yet. I tell them what could happen if they don’t. And it’s just a matter of time when they tell you that their cat got home pregnant or escaped, because it’s in heat.

  2. Donkey Whisperer Farm

    Important in the horse and donkey world to geld and for the dogs in the world too. Over breeding is such a huge problem and has a simple solution. Thank you for your post today.

    • Dianda

      I’m sure you will be ok! Nothing to worry about. :) maybe that stuff they use to keep you asleep might make you feel groggy.

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