5 Reasons Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Cat

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5 Reasons Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your CatThe decision whether to spay or neuter your cat is an important one for all pet owners. For some, it can be one of the best choices that you make for your feline friend’s welfare, even if you do feel a little cruel to begin with. Let’s take a look at just some of the reasons why you should consider neutering your cat, and the benefits that your furry friend can experience from the procedure.

1.    Your Female Kitty Will Live a Healthier Life

Spaying helps to eliminate uterine infections and breast cancer, which can be fatal in around 90% of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat helps to offer the best protection from these diseases. Additionally, your spayed female won’t go into heat, which can be a very frustrating and upsetting time for the cat and the pet owner alike!

2.    Your Male Cat Will be Better Behaved

Besides preventing unwanted litters of kittens, neutering your male cats limits his chances of testicular cancer. What’s more, your neutered cat will pay more attention to his human family. On the other hand, an un-neutered cat can often mark his territory by spraying strong-smelling urine around the home.

3.    Lowering the Epidemic of Homeless Pets

With so many strays living on the streets of the united states, over-breeding in dogs and cats can present a severe problem in many parts of the country. Stray pets cause car accidents, damage local fauna, and also suffer from serious illnesses and infections. Spaying or neutering your cat can reduce the amount of homelessness throughout the United States. At present, it’s estimated that there are as many as 300,000 homeless animals being euthanized in animal shelters each year.

4.    Spayed or Neutered Cats are Healthier

An article in USA Today found that pets who live in states that have the highest level of spaying or neutering typically live the longest. The article suggests that part of the reduced lifespan for unaltered pets might be attributed to their increased urge to roam, which might expose them to fights with other animals and other mishaps.

5.    Spaying Leads to Less Aggression

Finally, in dogs, spaying or neutering can lead to less barking and growling. In cats, a similar reduction in aggression can be seen, as spayed or neutered kitties are less likely to fight roughly with their owners, yowl, and use their claws and teeth.

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