Originally Posted by Roimata
One of my friends keeps telling me its cruel to scoop out a pets insides because they were here before us, and who cares if cats become over populated because theres tons of sick, dying people on the streets, and its unnatural for them and they will mature differently because of lack of hormones. I dont really know how to change her mind on this.
she was also the one who told me that declawing your cats is a GOOD thing, go figure.
Yeah, the vets, responsible breeders, and loving pet owners are in on a big conspiracy to harm their animals by altering them!
It didn't change my kitty as bit, she was over 1 when she had the procedure done, and her personality remained exactly the same - minus the annoying heat cycles. The animals that I am not currently showing get altered, and it doesn't change their personality. Some males may grow a bit more leggy is fixed at a young age as far as maturity goes, but every dog is different.
I love the argument "it is unnatural" for them...like "natural" means better. It doesn't always mean that at all.
It isn't natural for me to trim my dog's nails, give them bathes, take care of their health care needs, give them their shots, heartworm, brush them, feed them on a consistent scheduled basis, buy them toys, give them treats, provide them with bones and daily walks, and so on but it has to be done.
Doggie daycare isn't natural, but it is good for most dogs to socialize and get exercise. Collars, microchips, and tattoos aren’t natural, but they protect the dog from becoming lost. There are lots of examples of things that aren’t natural but are not the same as “bad”.
Declawing your cats isn't natural - so your friend's argument about natural doesn't hold up!
Also, there isn't much natural left about domesticated dogs, they are pets and working animals, they have many jobs and purposes, they have bred by people for many years - some breeds are so unnatural they can't even give birth or breed naturally, they need vet assistance.
I hope your friend doesn’t own animals at all, since it is not “natural” to own animals, in the nature they would be found in the wild (not even possible today without dangerous consequences for our pet dogs and cats)
As far as the homeless on the streets, I would hope your friend is compassionate enough to see the bigger problem here and is not just making excuses. Maybe your friend should go work for a shelter because hundreds of loving, sweet, adorable cats are dying each month in this country and it is painful to see.
There are so many wonderful people on this board that help the problem, are committed to rescue, and take in kitties in need, alter them, and make sure they don't create more unwanted kitties or kitties that have to lead a hard life all due to someone not caring.
Wish more people were like that
People can make a difference,
humans do have the ability to help the overpopulation problem, every little bit helps. I hope you continue to educate your friends and family, it really does matter, and what knowledge you give can not only transform them, but the others they tell as well. Keep it up!