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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Happy Cats, Happier You

I'm going to post something different today. Not a cat or a kitten for adoption, instead to list down the benefits of Neutering/Spaying your pet. I mean, you might have heard it million times or even read it trillion times, but reading just once more won't hurt you,right? :)

The reason I wanted to post this today is, I receive many calls wanting to adopt my cats. Once I have their interest I ensure the adopted cats leaves my home only after they get neutered/spayed. some adopters even tend to change their mind in adopting them simply because they are neutered/spayed. Their reason often is, Oh, the cat is going to be depressed, they will be like vegetables and etc etc. There are some quarters say this, "Oh I don't have to worry, my cat is a male" what does this mean? Your male cat goes there and mate with someone else's female cat, give babies and then the female cat's owner will throw away the un wanted babies. Those with this thinking are sure selfish. Change your perception a bit. We can go on and preach about making changes, but fail to understand that the changes starts within us.

What is the point of feeling so sad about reading a story about a stray getting tortured, or crying buckets over an abandoned animal, when we don't do anything about it, right? If we curb the population then there would be hardly any animals put there by the street. (Pets getting abused by their owners are a different issue)
I know there are many out there who effortlessly trying to catch and neuter stray animals eventhough they are not really pet friendly. I personally know someone who started a mini shelter in her home, and she was a student at that time and till now she does everything she could do to help. There's another Doctor in Shah Alam, who diligently catch and neuter/spay stray cats around her neighbourhood. Always remember, feeding strays alone doesnt make you an animal lover. You are just giving them a fish for that day. If you really want to help them, then neuter/spaying is the answer. Atleast that's what I strongly beleive in.

Ok, enough of my long winding post.Let's go straight to the point. I'm no expert when it coes to animals, so I'm re-posting this taken from ASPCA website.

Whether you've recently adopted a pet or you’re considering it, one of the most important health decisions you’ll make is to spay or neuter your cat or dog. Spaying removing the ovaries and uterus of a female pet is a veterinary procedure that requires minimal hospitalization and offers lifelong health benefits. Neutering—removing the testicles of your male dog or cat—will vastly improve your pet’s behaviour and keep him close to home.
Not convinced yet? 
Check out our handy—and persuasive—list of the top 10 reasons to spay or neuter your pet!

1. Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life. 
Spaying helps prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases. 

2. Neutering provides major health benefits for your male. 
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male companion prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age. 

3. Your spayed female won't go into heat. 
While cycles can vary, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently—sometimes all over the house! 

4. Your male dog won't want to roam away from home. 
An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males. 

5. Your neutered male will be much better behaved. 
Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering. 

6. Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat. 
Don’t use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake. 

7. It is highly cost-effective. 
The cost of your pet's spay/neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with the neighborhood stray! 

8. Spaying and neutering your pet is good for the community. 
Stray animals pose a real problem in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause car accidents, damage the local fauna and frighten children. Spaying and neutering packs a powerful punch in reducing the number of animals on the streets. 

9. Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to learn about the miracle of birth. 
Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping is not a good lesson for your children—especially when so many unwanted animals end up in shelters. There are tons of books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a more responsible way. 

10. Spaying and neutering helps fight pet overpopulation. 
Every year, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.

*PS, all these photos are of neutered/spayed cats. do they look like depressed or a vegetable to you? :-|

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