the US clinics in community.

I have been raised with cats all of my life but we never had a cat neuter or spayed. If one of our cats had kittens then we are responsible for taking care of them and we always managed to either raise them outdoors or find a home for them. Now that I’m raising a male cat indoors it’s a different view for me.

I have notice 3 to 4 cats with collars on outside of my apartment complex that roam all day and night looking for food or mates and no one is taking care of them. The problem with the population of stray and homeless cats is overwhelming. Pet owners need to be aware of the benefits and consequences of mandatory spaying and neutering to help decrease the number of cats in this world, there are many facts that can be beneficial in having your cat neutered.

Our pets can be healthier, have better behavior, and a decrease in the homeless cats and unnecessary mercy killings. We should find ways to let a person know and understand the benefits of neutering so they can share with friends, family, neighbors, and anyone they know who has pets. The lack of education, and misconceptions of neutering their cats and dogs is what stands in the way of people getting their pets neutered.

Did you know one female cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in 7 years but what’s truly sad is that six to eight million cats who enter shelters each year. Of those, three to four million cats are destroyed. (Maroff, M. 2009). Sandie (my cat) has his appointment set for his neutering procedure this month even if he’s an indoor cat I have learned that it will help reduce the risks of UTI (urinary tract infections) and prevents prostate and testicular cancer, and greatly reduces his risk for perianal tumors. PAWS, 2012). Having your cats neutered also decreases the tendency to spray or mark territory with urine. Which to me that would be the main reason pet owners should have their cat go through this procedure. A misconception that cat owners might have is having your pet neutered will produce a “fat and lazy” cat however overfeeding and lack of exercise is what makes a “fat and lazy” cat. Getting this procedure for your cat is considered a safe and routine surgery and recovery time is within a day or two.

In the US there are free or low-cost spay/neuter clinics in your community. There should be no logical reason to not have your pet fixed. Most owners who breed purebreds are searching for profit when it comes to their pets but with this economy it’s useless. Not to mention an irresponsible one, considering all of the innocent animals that end up homeless and/or destroyed in overcrowded shelters. The neutering procedures can safely be performed when your cat is at a young age or even later it does not harm the cat.

The American Humane Association (AHA) is a strong advocate of juvenile or pediatric spay/neuter since it is both healthy for pets and effectively reduces pet overpopulation. (AHA, 2011). Neutering of male cats will prevent certain undesirable behaviors, urine marking, humping, male aggression and the urge to want to roam in search of female cats as for spaying your female cat it will eliminate the constant crying and nervous pacing when she’s in heat. Getting your pets fixed will also generally help them to get along with each other and they will live a happier, healthier, longer life.

In California, a mandatory spay and neuter law is in effect and requires owners to license their pets, shelters must spay and neuter before adoptions can occur, and requires breeders to pay fees for permits and limits their number of litters per year. (Bockman, 2008). If a pet owner is having problems with their cat they should talk to their Vet about their cat’s behavior and health. “Problem cats” should be neutered; this recommendation comes from The University of California no matter how old or young the cat maybe. (Norman,W. , n. d. ).

Our local shelters do try their best to place animals in loving homes, but homeless cats and dogs out number the willing adopters. So most of the loving and healthy animals in our community must be euthanized as the only humane solution for this dilemma. Only spaying and neutering can end the overpopulation problem of cats and dogs in our community.