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Why are spayed or neutered pets happier and healthier?

Posted on: June 18th, 2009 by

When adopting a cat or dog from an animal shelter, chances are you’ll take the animal home spayed or neutered; otherwise you won’t take it home at all.

One reason animal shelters and rescue shelters insist on spaying and neutering is because they are busy fighting a serious overpopulation problem. Every year, 10 million animals are euthanized at shelters simply because there aren’t enough homes.

For the health and happiness of your pet, there are dozens of other reasons to spay or neuter. Here are just a few:

  • When it comes to your pet’s personality, neutering will only change it for the better. They may become calmer. It may keep them from trying to escape to look for a mate. It won’t make them less protective.
  • An unsterilized cat or dog will tend to roam and is more likely to get in fights or accidents, or be exposed to poisons and illnesses.
  • According to the ASPCA, neutering a male cat or dog before they are six months old prevents testicular cancer and prostate disease, and spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent pyometra and breast cancer.
  • Statistics show that spayed or neutered animals may live up to two or three years longer than those that are not.
  • It is a myth that females should have a litter before being spayed. Your pet will actually be healthier if she never matures sexually. And though some pets become calmer after giving birth, many become more aggressive.
  • In cats, spaying prevents the crying and pacing they do when they are in heat.
  • Got several pets? They’ll get along better if spayed or neutered.
  • A sterilized pet will be more focused on, and devoted to, its human family, making this decision a win/win for the pet and its people too.

Spaying or neutering does not have to be an expensive procedure, and is certainly cheaper than raising a litter of pets. Your local animal shelters may offer these services at a discounted rate. Contact them to find out more.

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