Excuses not to spay and neuter, and why they just aren’t good enough!
“I’ve heard that my pet should go through at least one heat cycle before spaying.”
There is absolutely no medical reason why a cat or dog should go through a heat cycle. It does not make the animal a better pet; it only puts your pet in danger of developing serious medical conditions such as uterine infections, uterine cancer, mammary cancer, and many others.
“I want my children to witness the miracle of birth.”
There are educational videos available that are much better at teaching your child the
miracle of birth, and these videos do not add to the pet overpopulation problem. Also,
not all births go smoothly. And don’t forget, the counterpart to birth is death, and with
every new animal that is born, many more are killed.
“It’s a guy thing.”
This is a very common reason why cats and dogs are not neutered. The man of the house just cannot bring himself to have it done. Cats and dogs have no concept of sexual identity. They only have instincts to breed. Being macho could cause your pet to develop many serious diseases such as prostate and testicular cancer.
“My pet never goes outside.”
Staying indoors will not protect your pet from developing the serious, sometimes fatal diseases that are associated with not having him/her spayed or neutered. Your pet could also develop serious infections and cancer.
“My pet will become fat and lazy.”
Yes, some animals tend to gain weight after being spayed or neutered, but this is nothing that the right diet and activity can’t cure. Cancer is much worse for your pet than being overweight.
“I don’t want my pet’s personality to change.”
If your pet’s personality is going to change, it will only be for the better.
“I’ve heard that spaying and neutering can lead to urinary tract infections, behavioral problems, stunted growth, and other problems.”
None of these claims have ever been substantiated. In fact, all the research out there today proves that there are NO disadvantages to spaying or neutering your pet.