One of the most important health decisions you’ll make for your cat is to spay or neuter them. But why should you? Because it’s the right thing to do for their health. And for your community. But mostly for their health.
For the record, spaying is the removal of the ovaries in a female and neutering removes a male cat’s testes. You spay a girl, you neuter a boy.
Now check out our super persuasive list of the top five reasons to spay or neuter your pet:
- Female cats will live longer, healthier lives.
Spaying helps prevent breast cancer and uterine tumors, which is fatal in about 90 percent of cats. Spaying your cat before her first heat offers the best protection you can possibly give her.
- Neutering provides major health benefits for your male cat.
The science is real: neutering your male cat prevents testicular cancer. This alone is worth the price of a minimally invasive procedure.
- Your spayed female cat won’t go into heat.
Female cats can go into a three to five-day heat every three weeks during mating season. No yowling or peeing all over the place every three weeks? Sign us up!
- Spaying or neutering will NOT make your cat get fat!
The biggest factor in pet obesity is lack of exercise and overfeeding, so don’t use the excuse that will make them gain weight because it’s just not true.
- Spaying and neutering help control cat overpopulation.
Millions of cats of all ages either live stressful lives as strays or are euthanized as the result of unplanned litters. This could easily be prevented by spaying or neutering.
So now you know why it’s best to get your cat spayed or neutered. If you haven’t done it yet, now is the time to make that appointment and give your kitty a healthy future.