Facts and Myths about Spay/Neuter
Myth: Companion animals will become fat and lazy if they are neutered.
Fact: Absolutely not! Lack of exercise and overfeeding makes pets fat and lazy-not neutering. Your pet will not gain weight if you provide exercise and monitor food intake. Neutering is good for your pet, since sterilized pets tend to live an average of two to three years longer than unsterilized pets.
Myth: My male dog or cat will feel like less of a male if neutered.
Fact: Pets don’t have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change the pet’s basic personality. He doesn’t suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
Myth: My pet is a purebred and shouldn’t be spayed or neutered.
Fact: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats – mixed breed and purebred.
Myth: My pet is so special. I want a puppy or kitten just like him/her.
Fact: A dog or cat may be a great pet, but that doesn’t mean her offspring will be a carbon copy. Professional animal breeders who follow generations of bloodlines can’t guarantee they will get just what they want out of a particular litter. A pet owner’s chances are even slimmer. In fact, an entire litter of puppies or kittens might receive all of a pet’s (and her mate’s) worst characteristics.
Myth: I’ll find good homes for all the puppies and kittens.
Fact: You may find homes for all of your pet’s litter, but each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in shelters who also need good homes. In less than one year’s time, each of your pet’s offspring may have his or her own litter, adding even more animals to the population. The problem of pet overpopulation is created and perpetuated one litter at a time.