Fixing male and female cats curbs the unwanted behaviors of randy felines looking for love. Spayed females no longer go into heat, which ends yowling, escape attempts and throngs of loitering male suitors. Neutered males are less likely to mark their territory with urine spray and to wander. Homes with fixed cat friends no longer have the worry — or cost — of unwanted litters. But most important, spayed/neutered cats help prevent feline lives lost to overpopulation.
Cats are 45 times more prolific than humans. Whether free-roaming or indoor, cats are excellent breeders. With a gestation period of just 65 days, an intact mature female cat can produce up to three litters a year. With maturity beginning as young as 4 months, cats are efficient kitten makers.
Spay/neuter is the simplest, most humane method for controlling feline overpopulation, because its positive effects begin at the source: unwanted litters. Fewer unwanted litters means fewer homeless cats and kittens, an end to shelter overcrowding and a natural reduction in feline overpopulation. That means life, love and home for every feline. Spay/neuter is where a no-kill nation for cats begins.
Contrary to common misconception, these routine surgical procedures do no harm to feline friends. Rather, spaying and neutering can lead to longer, healthier cat lives with no change to personality or playfulness.
Spaying helps prevent breast cancer and rules out uterine and ovarian cancer in females. Neutered males benefit from a reduced risk of hernias, perianal tumors and prostate problems while being free of testicular cancer risk. Neutering lessens a male’s roaming tendency, keeping him safely close to home and helping to cut down the spread of feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), an untreatable syndrome spread most commonly by tomcats fighting over breeding territory and lady cats.
The cost of a spay/neuter is far less than most imagine. Visit our map to find high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter clinics near you.
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