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Spay Or Neuter - Just Do It
How many puppies or kittens are born in 24 hours? Be forewarned, the following number should shock you: OVER 70,000! And how many of those little babies find homes? Not enough. The fact is millions of animals are destroyed each year in shelters because they cannot find homes. Do you really want to contribute to that number? Think about it: Your cat has 6 kittens. Those 6 kittens are then responsible for another 6 each…in as little as 7 years, your one cat is indirectly responsible for the birth of 420,000 other cats!
But It's Cruel To Spay Or Neuter
No, it’s not. Actually, it’s healthier for your animal to be spayed or neutered at an early age! For female animals, the chances of uterine cancer or other reproductive-organ problems increase by 10% after every “heat” cycle. Males have more chance of reproductive-organ cancers as well. Overall, “fixed” animals have 60% less health problems than “non-fixed”! The benefits for you are great, as well! No more crazy heat behavior, no more mess, no more prowling, howling potential mates!
Hormones dictate your pet’s behavior. When you have them fixed, you control the hormones. Your pet should be calmer and more stable after being spayed/neutered. Your pet will not harbor bad feelings against you for not allowing them to procreate. Your pet will live a long, happy, healthy life as your companion, perfectly none the wiser about the “birds and the bees.”
I Have A Pure-Breed, Papers And All, I Should Let Him Breed
Unless your “pure-bred” is a champion, or at most 5 generations from a champion, registered pure-bred, well, the fact that your animal is pure-bred doesn’t mean a whole lot. Millions of animals are pure-bred, in fact, 25% of animals in shelters are pure-bred. The bottom line is that pure-bred is not a reason to breed your pet.
There are numerous things that can happen if you decide to breed your animal. Once your animal is pregnant, are you prepared for possible difficulties? Many dogs require C-sections. Sometimes the babies have birth defects. And then, how many babies will there be? Can you hand-rear them if mom decides not to take care of them? Can you handle 8 weeks of mess from tiny puppies or kittens who aren’t trained yet? Don’t forget they’ll need their first vet exam and shots while in your care- that’s an extra cost to you. You’ll then have to make sure the babies find good homes- selling to a pet shop or dumping them at a shelter is irresponsible.
Breeding your beloved pet is not only a tough undertaking, it’s a risk, as well. Think twice- spaying and neutering is a once-and-done deal, healthier in the long run and less risky, too!