I remember watching The Price is Right back when I was a child. At the end of each episode, the show’s host, Bob Barker would remind his viewing audience to help combat pet over-population by having their pets spayed or neutered. When you consider that somewhere around 70,000 puppies and kittens are born everyday in the United States, and that many of those baby animals are homeless, you start to see that maybe Bob Barker had a point.
Many homeless baby animals will grow up to be nuisance, and many others will end up dead. It seems downright cruel to consign those poor animals to a miserable existence full of suffering when it could have been avoided. By simply spaying or neutering their animals, pet owners could have prevented at least some of these sad situations. Other reasons to have your pet spayed or neutered include:
- Health benefits of spaying or neutering include a decrease in testicular cancer for male animals, and a decrease in breast cancer and reproductive tract issues for female animals.
- Female animals can’t go into heat, meaning less yowling, whining, and urinating all over your home.
- Male dogs won’t go roaming for perspective mates. This means they are far less likely to get hit by cars, get in fights, or get killed by angry humans.
- Your pets will get along better. If they aren’t competing for attention from the opposite sex, they’re less likely to beat each other up.
- Neutering puts a stop to male cats spraying stinky urine all over their territory.
- Animals that have been “fixed” are less aggressive and less likely to bite.
- It’s a good way to eliminate some of the costs of owning a pet. Pet owners won’t end up paying for additional mouths to feed when and better overall pet health means lower costs down the road.
- It makes pets more content. They can forget about mating, relax, and enjoy being part of their family.