When adopting your next cat or dog, it is extremely important that they are spayed/neutered prior to entering your home. If you are adopting a young kitten or puppy, it is best for the kitten/puppy to be spayed/neutered prior to six months of age. However, it is important to note that female kittens can become pregnant as young as four months old!
Spay/neutering your cat is essential to being a responsible pet owner. According to www.SpayUsa.Org, a leading website for spay/neuter advocacy in the United States, “Anyone who needs assistance finding affordable spay/neuter services can benefit by using the SPAY/USA referral service. SPAY/USA has over 1,000 sterilization programs and clinics nationwide with 7,000 excellent veterinarians in the network as of 2003. Our goal is to make spay/neuter services affordable to those who might not otherwise spay/neuter their pets. By working together, we hope to popularize and facilitate spay/neuter services throughout the country and end pet overpopulation.” Furthermore, they state, “Having your cat spayed/neutered also greatly reduces the chances of cat fighting episodes, spraying/marking territory, the desire to roam and be outdoors and other aggressive behaviors. In addition, having your female cat spayed will allow her to avoid the frustration and pain associated with regular heat cycles. With the current number of nearly 10,000 healthy cats and dogs being killed in shelters every single day in the United States alone, spay/neuter is also essential in doing your part to prevent further rise in pet population statistics.”
There are many free and low cost spay/neuter options available to individuals as well- and not all of the low-cost programs have income requirements. Many veterinary clinics are starting to open their doors around the country, providing affordable spay/neuter services to local residence. Excellent websites that can provide you with information in your area are:
In addition, check with your local shelters and humane societies for additional low cost spay/neuter clinics in your area. If you are a resident of Greene County, Ohio- The Humane Society of Greene County offers a low cost monthly cat spay/neuter clinic open to the public. In addition, they have low cost spay/neuter vouchers for cats and dogs- working with local veterinarians in the Greene County area. Their website will provide you with additional information, including a telephone number to schedule an appointment.
Spay/neuter is not only important to your pets health, but it’s also important to understand that one female cat, her mate and her offspring can produce 11,801 cats in just 5 years (www.spayusa.org)! By having your pet spayed/neutered, you are helping to save thousands of lives who may have suffered neglect, abuse, or a life behind bars.