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Myths & Facts About Spaying & Neutering

Misconceptions about sterilization abound. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the facts. Too many animals die each year due to irresponsibility of people.

MYTH: My cat will become obese and lazy.

FACT: Spaying and neutering does not cause cats to gain weight or become lethargic. More often, these conditions are cause by human companions who neglect to feed their cats appropriately and don’t give them adequate attention. Cats treated in this manner can also become depressed.

MYTH: I want my cat to produce at least one litter first. And besides, that’s better for her anyway.

FACT: Actually, history has shown that females spayed before they’ve gone into heat for the first time and healthier than those who wait. Cats can sometimes be spayed or neutered very early in life, but you should consult with your veterinarian about this.

MYTH: My pet is a purebred and I want to have more just like him/her.

FACT: Actually, statistics show that 25% or more of pets in shelters are purebreds. The fact is, there are just two many companion animals without homes that it is irresponsible to contribute to the overpopulation problem.

MYTH: I don't want my male cat to feel like less of a male.

FACT: Pets do not perceive “manliness” or ego. There’s no such thing as an identity crisis due to spaying or neutering. Cats may be uncomfortable for a period of time while recovering but they will return to their normal selves soon.

MYTH: Spaying or neutering is much too expensive.

FACT: The cost of this surgery varies by vet, but no matter how pricy it is, it’s a fee you’ll only have to pay once. And it’s well worth it if you consider the long-term benefits of health and well being for your pet. Plus, it’s much more expensive to care for a mother and a new litter. For low-cost options, check out our resources page.

MYTH: I plan to find good homes for all of the kittens.

FACT: Although this may be true, every home that one of your kittens receives, that’s one fewer home for needy cats and kittens in the many shelters across the country. The overpopulation problem may seem overwhelming and unfixable, but the only way we can combat this issue is one critter at a time.

Thanks to Tree House Humane Society for their help with these facts!