Spay / Neuter your cat

@zeloguy (4915)
United States
January 7, 2008 2:41pm CST
How many of you out there have or have not spayed/neutered your cat. I feel it is very important to make sure all animals are spayed/neutered, how about you. If you have not why?
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@gem170104 (172)
7 Jan 08
Our cat is being spayed in a week and a half, shes already been in heat since she was 4 and a half months old but the vet wouldn't do her until she was 6 months, so now she won't benefit from being spayed before beginning heat. I don't know how anyone doesn't spay they're female cat, Bella's only been on heat 3 times and I feel severely sleep deprived can't imagine that for 18+ years.
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
7 Jan 08
I totally agree with you there. Waiting 6 months sounds like a bit of a long time to wait but I am not a vet... if there are vets out there or people that know please feel free to chime in.
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@ElicBxn (59948)
• United States
8 Jan 08
The low cost clinics here fix at 4 lbs/4 months, but my regular vet fixs at 6 months. I've had a few big boys fixed early because they were more than big enough at 5 months for the regular clinic to agree. Glad you ae fixing your girl.
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8 Jan 08
Yeah we got a voucher for a spay when we got her from the shelter, in that we paid £30 then to insure we would get her done at 6 months rather than them risk us not spaying her or us having to pay £50, so thats why we had to wait so long. Roll on next friday for both us and Bella.
@shesaid (71)
• United States
7 Jan 08
I have not spayed my cat yet. But I keep him indoors at all times. North las vegas just passed a local law that states if you own a dog or a cat you have to spay or neuter your cat or dog/ if you dont after a grace period you will get a 1,000 fine or 3 months in jail. The only issue i have with that law is the price it costs to get a cat or dog fixed. It is pretty expensive.
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
7 Jan 08
I had the same complaint when I got my cat. We rescued him from the shelter but in order to get him for 'free' we had to pay for all his medical treatment (deworming, fleas/ticks, doctor visit, etc...) and the most expensive part of it was neutering him. I am glad that we did it but I think that it should be something that is automatically done unless you have an animal that is a show cat/dog/etc...
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
7 Jan 08
Very good point about the false sense of security... keeping an animal inside will not justify not having a female spayed.
@ElicBxn (59948)
• United States
8 Jan 08
I"ve had 39 cats in/thru the house this last year and everyone that is/was old enough to was/is fixed. The babies are still too young, but they have gone on to new homes & the contract the new owners signed means they get fixed next month. Our little Tony is only 10 weeks, so he's got a few more months before he can be done.
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
8 Jan 08
Great to have someone who is so responsible... thanks for helping the pet population... there are those of us who appreciate it.
• United States
31 Jan 08
I agree with you. Not only does it cut down on the number of unwanted pets that are needlessly murdered every year, it also cuts down on behavior problems, cancers, blood disorders and costly problems down the line. No animal needs to be left in tact. Every animal needs to be spayed or neutered. Dogs who aren't neutered often fight with other dogs to show dominance when it comes to females. Male and female cats both spray urine to mark their territory if left unaltered. Male tom cats often fight and they wind up in terrible shape after a fight. Your innocent outside cat can be a victim of a tom cat attack if your cat gets too closet to a queen or to another tom cat. I've seen many bloody cats go back home to their owner after being beaten up by a tom cat in the neighborhood. All cats belong indoors and spayed/neutered.
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@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
31 Jan 08
I would not go so far as to say all... there are show dogs and cats that need to be kept 'in tact' and there are people who live on large farms where animals don't impede on other's property. But for the most part I do believe listen to Bob Barker (well now Drew Carrey) and spay or neuter your pet.
7 Jan 08
We spayed our girls as soon as they were old enough. It's not only a case of unwanted kittens but having female cats in heat is a nightmare! At a very young age one of ours started this horrific howling noise to do with her calling for a mate. I was grateful to get her fixed to stop it!
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
7 Jan 08
Touche. We had a Beagle that went wild when the female dogs in the neighborhood went into heat. He was such a loving calm-mannered cat UNTIL THEN... then it was one thing on his mind... literally. Animal control was called on him (for being at the neighbors house (that had the non-spayed dog) and they sited them not us. As for the cat, no problems but like yourself as soon as he was old enough (which is as soon as he was old enough to adopt) he was neutered.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
7 Jan 08
I can say that I have never spayed or neutered a cat or any animal I have ever had nor do I plan on it any time soon. I don't feel as though a animal should be unless they have serious health issues and need to be or if you don't want a litter running about, But I just love the little babies. But I can understand others not wanting alot of babies running around or being able to handle that many. I always make sure that the babies after 10 weeks find good loving homes. I know that there are two many probably already and over running with them but who doesn't love them? If necessary thouh I would so until then I won't.
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
7 Jan 08
Make sure you check because in some places it is indeed the law to have a pet spayed/neutered. I can understand your love of animals (especially the babies) but it can also create havoc to neighbors if you don't live on a farm or the such.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
8 Jan 08
I live in Kentucky about 10 miles from town and I have never heard of that law aas of yet. My neighbors have more animals then me. I have one dog and one cat(female)and we live up a holler. Their are probably close to 20 dogs in our holler and 6 cats and it is a short holler..That is not including all those blasted chickens my brother in law has running baout lose. Now if those things could be spayed or neutered I'd be the first in line to have them fixed..I hate them things. They are into everything and make more messes then a cat or dog.
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@lightningd (1042)
• United States
7 Jan 08
I think it is very important. 6 years ago I bought this farm, and with it came 19 barn cats. The problem was, there was one Tom, and all these females. The majority were his daughters and granddaughters. He was breeeding his daughters and granddaughters, and needless to say we had some not too bright cats running around out here. He has always been a very territorial cat, and we haven't had any other tom cats show up here. A few years ago, the vet was out to tend to a sick horse, and I asked him if he could fix the cat. He said sure, and I helped him neuter him right there on the tailgate of his truck. (Keep in mind, I was a vet assistant for a few years) Thomas is now neutered, and natural selection has pretty much eliminated the inbred offspring. We are down to 3 female barn cats and Thomas, the former Tom. I'm not real worried about the females reproducing, as they don't leave the farm and our dogs tolerate them, but they would run any other cat off the place. Recently my son brought home a cat from his dad's house. This cat was already neutered, and he sticks pretty much to himself down in the mare barn. The one house cat we have is neutered as well. It just makes for healthier cats and dogs for that matter. As for the dogs, only one is neutered at the moment, and he is a cross breed. The other 3 males are purebred dogs and we stand them at stud so fixing them isn't an option.
@zeloguy (4915)
• United States
7 Jan 08
On the back of the truck... man that just made me cringe... but that is a great point about cross-breeding... very good point indeed.