Pet overpopulation is a problem throughout the United States. Statistics show 70,000 puppies and kittens are born each day for every 10,000 human births. There simply aren't enough homes for all these animals. As a result, 7,000,000 animals are euthanized every year. It is easy to see how the numbers of dogs and cats get out of hand. For example, if a cat has two litters per year, that one cat and its offspring will produce more than 11 million cats in nine years.
Given these statistics, the only way to break this chain is by spaying and neutering our animals. If that is not reason enough, here are more reasons why spaying and neutering is a good idea:
Altered animals live longer, healthier lives. Female cats and dogs have reduced risks of uterine, ovarian, and breast cancers; male cats and dogs have reduced risks of prostate cancer and disorders.
Fewer health problems mean less costly vet bills for their owners.
Altered animals make better, more affectionate companions. Animals that are not preoccupied with mating have more attention to devote to their human friends.
Neutered cats are less likely to spray and mark territory.
Spaying a female dog or cat eliminates the heat cycle. That means no incessant crying, nervous behavior, or unwanted male dogs and cats lingering around your house.
Neutered males are less likely to roam, run away, or get into fights.
Altered animals are less likely to bite. They are generally calmer and more even-tempered.
Spaying is a surgical procedure that renders your female dog or cat infertile. This procedure involves the removal of your pet's ovaries and uterus, and is performed under a general anesthetic.
Neutering is a surgical procedure that renders your male dog or cat infertile. This procedure involves the removal of your pet's testicles, and is performed under a general anesthetic.
Check out the Effects of Neutering on Behavior