It is a known fact that the number of homeless animals is on the rise. Most of these cats grew up on the streets or have been abandoned by their previous owners for whatever reason they may have. It is sad knowing that while you have a feline pal snuggled next to you at home, there are hundreds of cats outside, fighting for their survival.
Is there a way that we can save these cats from the cruel feeling of abandonment? While we can adopt and foster, this can only do so much because not all of us have the luxury of space to house multiple animals. What we can do, however, is to encourage everyone to practice spaying and neutering cats, especially in highly cat-populated areas. You can coordinate with your local animal welfare group on how you can contribute to their TNR or Trap-Neuter/Spay/Release program.
Cat neutering/spaying means the removal of their reproductive organs so that they can no longer reproduce. Contrary to other’s beliefs, this is actually beneficial to cats in the long run. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or ASPCA highly recommends this practice.
Here are 5 advantages of having your cat spayed/neutered:
- Preventing Bad Behavior
Male cats that have not been neutered have this bad habit of spraying urine to claim their territory. If done inside the house, it can leave stains on your couch, your wall, and your carpet. It can also spread a displeasing odor that can be really bothersome inside the house.
Cats also tend to wander when they are in heat. This is their way to heed their instinct of looking for a mate. Tragically, though, many pets who roam because of this end up being lost and unable to go home. By spaying/neutering, you are eliminating this risk.
- Better Health
Having your cat “fixed” pulls them away from the trap of developing prostate and uterine infections which most likely than not leads to their early demise. To put things in perspective, 90% of cats that are not spayed catch these.
Moreover, cats who wander as a response to their instinct, often catch feline leukemia and feline AIDS from their fellow. These are more grave diseases.
- Stops the Rapid Ballooning of Pet Population
It is a sad fact that more and more animals are left to fend for their lives in the street. This is because of two things: irresponsible pet ownership or street cats breeding incessantly. If one unaltered cat gives birth to a litter of 4 kittens upon sexual maturity, these 4 kittens can produce 67 kittens in a year. Imagine how many kittens can the 67 kittens give life to upon breeding? While cats are nice to have because of their loveable nature and appreciated companionship, a large population would make them invasive species that can potentially alter the balance of nature.
- Cost Efficiency
Fixing your cat also has financial benefits. This saves you from inherent medical bills for when they get sick because of their reproductive health. Also, kittens are hard to raise. Aside from the added tasks of assisting your cat is nursing her young, you would have to buy the kittens their needs and pay for medical bills and vaccines. Compared to having one or two cats spayed or neutered, having kittens proves to be more expensive in the long run.
- Stop Them From Being a Threat to the Society
We have established in the earlier part of this blog that cats can dramatically increase their number in a short span of time. If we do not act on it and leave cats not spayed and neutered, they begin to become a threat to society. They will start fighting for food and damaging properties which we cannot blame them solely for. They can also be carriers of diseases and contribute to a widespread infection.
Spaying and neutering cats are not considered animal cruelty. Please do not confuse this action. Doing this is actually helping your feline companion and the rest of the cat population around you live a harmonious and healthy life with humans.