Why should I have my cat spayed or neutered?

  • Spaying a female cat at four months will prevent even one “heat” cycle, which is characterized by incessant crying, howling, sometimes destructive behavior, false pregnancies, possible spraying, and amorous overtures to chairs, people, etc. This heat cycle can and will last as long as one week and will be repeated again every three weeks until the female has mated. It only takes one time to get pregnant. All of our adoptable cats/kittens are spayed or neutered.
  • Neutering a male at four months will make it less likely to want to get out and roam, get into cat fights, and exhibit mounting behavior and territorial urine-marking.
  • Spayed and neutered cats get along better with one another.
  • Black dogs and cats are the last ones to get adopted from shelters. There are more of them in shelters and they are euthanized more frequently because of lack of space.
  • For every person born in the United States, there are 15 dogs and 45 cats born.
  • Each day in the United States, 10,000 people are born and 70,000 puppies and kittens are born.
  • Two out of 10 cats brought into a shelter will be adopted and eight will be euthanized. Only two out of a hundred will be returned to their owner.
  • 40 percent of cats killed in shelters are between five months and three years old.
  • The average number of kittens in a litter is four to six. A fertile female cat can produce an average of three litters in one year.
  • If a female cat has a litter, and all the kittens from that litter are allowed to reproduce and so on, then in seven years that one female cat and her offspring will be responsible for producing 420,000 cats.
  • Over $2 billion is spent annually by local governments throughout the United States to shelter and ultimately destroy nearly 11 million adoptable cats and dogs.
  • While you were reading this, more than 45 healthy, adoptable cats, kittens, dogs and puppies were “put to sleep”.
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