There are many people, myself included, who advocate having their cat spayed or neutered, also called sterilization or altering. Despite the ever growing media coverage of having this done to prevent a feral cat explosion, there are still many people who choose not to spay or neuter their cats and that is their choice.
Too many feral cats is one of the most publicized reason for those advocating the spaying or neutering of cats. In many areas of the country where feral cats exist in large numbers, some neighborhoods are trying to avoid these occurrences by setting up community programs to provide a low cost sterilization service for cat owners. This is done with the hope of convincing cat owners to do the responsible thing and have their cat sterilized and I personally applaud this sort of action. Kampanye di media sosial
We have had the same sort of program running in our small town for many years and I have noticed a dramatic drop in the number of feral cats running wild.
According to 2008 figures put out by The Humane Society of the US, there are around 6,000,000 to 8,000,000 cats and dogs entering shelters each year. Of these animals, 3,000,000 to 4,000,000 are euthanized yearly and around the same number adopted to families. Interestingly, around 30% of dogs are reclaimed by owners but only 2-5% of cats are reclaimed. There are 4,000 to 6,000 animal shelters in the US to service all these feral or lost animals.
The cats that are euthanized are usually not old or ill, although some may be injured. Most are healthy and often you will find young cats, even kittens being abandoned. Their only crime is that there are not enough loving homes for them and with no owners to house and feed them, the relatively few shelters there are become overcrowded and it is necessary to then euthanize them to solve this problem. In order to avoid adding to the overpopulation problem, all cats adopted from a shelter are spayed or neutered before you can take them home.
There are benefits for cat owner who has their cat altered in this way. Many cat experts and vets state that a cat that will become a better pet after the operation. They are usually better behaved and more responsive to humans. Vets report that cats live longer and have fewer medical problems once they have been altered. Because your cat will be healthier, there will be fewer visits to the vet, a cost saving for you.
Many cat owners find that spayed or neutered cats are less likely to spray, which is an annoying and smelly trait. Cats are also less likely to roam looking for mates if they have been altered.
Spaying of female cats is usually done around six month of age and general anesthesia is used during the operation. Neutering a male cat, also under a general anesthetic, should be done by the time the male cat is 6 months of age.
Many owners of specialized pure breed cats will want to breed from their cat. Reputable breeders will belong to an organization and be certified to breed. Those owners will not allow their pure bred cat the opportunity to get pregnant to just any male cat. They are closely watched and mated accordingly.
Some individuals choose not to sterilize their cat based on belief that they should remain unaltered and in their natural state. This, of course, is their right.
To many caring owners, the decision to spay or neuter your cat is that it is something that should be done as soon as the cat is old enough. Remember, your cat will be healthier, which means your cat will be around for you to enjoy for many years.