You find yourself entering a potentially 15-year commitment when you finally have brought your new cat or dog home; after a few moments, you start thinking about all the things you need to do in order to secure a healthy and comfortable life for the newest member of your family. One of the most critical decisions you would make for your pet’s well being is whether to have them spayed or neutered. We have listed six good reasons for having your new pet spayed or neutered.
What Do Spaying and Neutering Mean?
It is a procedure done by a veterinarian to a female pet wherein its ovaries and uterus are removed, thus disabling its ability to reproduce and have any reproductive functions.
This is a procedure that’s for the male pet, which also involves a procedure that removes the capability of the pet to reproduce.
Either one of the procedures require the pet to be in a clinic and under the care of a veterinarian.
6 Reasons Why You Should Have Your Pet Spayed or Neutered
1. Help Reduce The Number of Stray Animals
In the United States alone, up to 8 million healthy and perfectly adoptable stray animals are being held in a shelter every single year; less than 4 million are being adopted. Sadly, when these stray animals don’t find a home, they would end up being euthanized due to the lack of space, shelter, and resources. Having your pet spayed and neutered reduces their reproduction, thus reducing the number of pets who end up homeless.
2. Your Pets Would Live Longer
For male pets, the advantage of having neutered is that it prevents them from catching prostate problems and testicular cancer. For female pets, on the other hand, it prevents them from having breast tumors and uterine infections. Close to half of all dogs catch these common issues, and for cats, that number is close to 90 percent.
3. Your Pets Would Most Likely to Stay Home
The tendency of having unneutered pets is that they would constantly be on the hunt to find a partner to mate with, this makes them not able to stay put at home and this tends to make them roam around outside all the time and gets into a fight with other animals, and increases their chances of getting into an accident. Having them neutered keeps them safe in the comfort of your home.
4. Spayed Pets Don’t Go Into Heat
Female pets enter the mating season every after three weeks, during the mating season, which usually lasts between four and five days, they would constantly roam around outside to get the attention of male animals. Telltale signs of your pet being on heat are frequent urination and constant yowling, which can be annoying.
5. Neutered And Spayed Pets Are More Behaved
While it is not true that having your pet spayed or neutered changes your pet’s personality, it does make your pet calmer and less aggressive, which tends to make them focused on the family and spend more time with them. Unneutered pets are highly territorial, and they do things to “mark” their territory like urinating all over the place to leave their scent that is supposed to tell other animals that it is their place.
6. Spaying or Neutering Would Pay For Itself
At first look, the procedure of spaying and neutering might appear as just an extra upfront cost of owning a pet. But in the long run, it would still be cheaper when you consider that you don’t have to vaccinate their inevitable puppies or kittens, which would turn out to be a lot more expensive.