This information is quoted from: http://www.cathelp-online.com/spayneuter.htmlCOMMON MYTHS ABOUT SPAY/NEUTER
SPAYING AND NEUTERING YOUR PET DOES NOT:
* Cause laziness or hyperactivity
* Reduce your pet's instinct to protect your family and home
* Cause immature behaviors
* Postpone or delay normal behavioral maturity
* Alter your pet's personality in any manner
Your vet and his staff will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about spaying or neutering your pet. Please do not hesitate to discuss your concerns, and please do not hesitate to inform and educate yourself and others about the benefits of spaying and neutering."EXCUSES, EXCUSES......."
COMMON EXCUSES FOR NOT SPAYING or NEUTERING
* "My pet will get fat or lazy"
Pets who become overweight after spaying or neutering are usually those that are over-fed and not encouraged to exercise. It's up to you to ensure proper diet and exercise for your pet to reduce the chance of becoming overweight.
* "My pet's personality will change"
Altering actually decreases aggressive or dominant behaviors and will also help reduce roaming or wandering tendencies, which is, of course, much safer for your pet
* "I want my children to witness the 'miracle of birth' "
Any unnecessary intrusions during pregnancy and birthing can cause a great deal of stress on a mother kitty, thereby increasing the potential for her to neglect her newborn litter. Agressive behaviors can also stem during pregnancy and birth and possibly cause injury to children. Educate your children through literature, and allow them to visit or tour veterinary hospitals, zoos, and other animal related outlets to give them a sense of the facts of life and a sense of responsibility. Teaching begins with YOU, please be responsible
* "We can make money by selling kittens/puppies"
Even the most educated, experienced, and caring breeders are lucky if they can "break even" when dealing with the costs of stud fees, vaccinations, pet food costs, unexpected emergencies, and other health care costs. Please leave breeding to those responsible, professional breeders who care about the breeds and also try to improve the standard of the breeds they raise
* "I'm concerned about my pet undergoing anesthesia"
Although there are risks with ANY surgery or procedure that involves anesthesia, the anesthetics currently used by vets are very safe. Pre-surgical blood screen tests are also available to determine your pet's candidacy for anesthesia (and also determines liver and kidney function). Most vets use monitoring equipment that monitors the heart and respiratory rates of your pet during the course of anesthesia. Please discuss your concerns with your vet and he will be happy to help you in understanding the procedure, what's involved and the benefitsAN UNFORTUNATE REALITY
More than 4 MILLION pets are euthanized in U.S animal shelters and humane societies each year simply because not enough homes are available. Many are kittens and puppies less than 6 months old. Help stop this needless loss of life.
Please do your part,
SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PET !
A CAT'S PRAYER
I ask for the priveledge of not being born.....
not to be born until you can assure me
of a home and a master to protect me,
and the right to live as long as
I am physically able to enjoy life.....
not to be born until my body is precious
and men have ceased to exploit it
because it is cheap and plentiful.- author unknown
According to the American Veterinary Association, having your male cat neutered will:
Eliminate the risk of testicular cancer;
Greatly reduce the risk of prostate cancer and prostatitis;
Reduce the risk of perianal tumors;
Eliminate spraying (territorial marking);
Eliminate the risk and spread of sexually transmitted diseases;
Eliminate unwanted litters
He may be a male, but if un-neutered, he WILL get a female pregnant if an indoor/outdoor cat.
Available at http://www.savesamoa.org/html/spay_neuter.html
"It is extremely important that we all spay or neuter our pets. The problem of pet overpopulation costs the U.S. taxpayer billions of dollars a year! According to the American Partnership for Pets, apart from the many health benefits of spaying or neutering your pet (or the local feral cats!), there are additional reasons of which you may not be aware:
*An estimated 8-10 million animals are taken in by animal shelters each year.
* An estimated 4-5 million animals are euthanized in shelters each year.
* The stray/feral cat population is estimated to be in the tens of millions.
* Communities spend millions of dollars to control unwanted animals.
* Animal shelters are overburdened with surplus animals.
* Stray pets and homeless animals may get into trash containers, defecate in public areas or on private lawns, and frighten or anger people who have no understanding of their misery or needs.
Be a part of the solution, not the problem! Listed below are resources to help you find low-cost spay/neuter services in your area. We have also included informational links on the benefits of spay/neuter, the misconceptions and myths about pet sterilization, answers addressing many common excuses people use not to spay/neuter pets, and information on early age spay/neutering."
Available through links in the spay/neuter section of www.savesamoa.org
Spaying or Neutering are a part of responsible pet ownership. It extends you pet's life, improves the quality of that life, and prevents unwanted cats and kittens. There are already millions of cats and kittens without homes. There aren't enough homes for them all.