Getting Your Pets Speyed or Neutered

@wolfie34 (26791)
United Kingdom
February 15, 2007 6:03pm CST
I am sitting here tonight feeling really guilty, why? Because I am taking our beautiful new addition to our cat family to the vet tomorrow to have her speyed. I know deep down it's the right thing to do, but why do I feel slightly guilty about it, putting her through what is probably a traumatic experience, but on the hand we don't want her having a litter, she is very small as it is. Have you felt the same way too if you've had to get your animal speyed/neutered? Did you have regrets or do you wonder if it's the right thing to do?
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36 responses
16 Feb 07
We had a cat that we did not neuter for years and just accepted her wailing each time she went into season. We never let her mate as we thought there are so many unwanted cats and I would never have been able to part with the kittens for fear they were not going to a good home. Anyway, after a few years we took our cat to the vet and they found a cist on her womb the size of a golf ball. The vet told us it was because each time she came into season she had never been pregnated. We felt awful and had her neutered. This saved her life. When we got our other two cats we had them done as soon as they were old enough. They did not suffer any pain and were not affected by the surgery. After knowing what we had put our first cat through we did not want our other two to go through the same thing as we had no intention of mating them. What you are doing is beibg a responsible pet owner and looking after your cat. Don't feel bad at all. It is worse for them if they are constantly going into season without producing a litter. Some say you should let them have one litter before neutering them, but I feel if you do not have homes for all the kittens, this can be just as distressing. What they don't know will not hurt them. My cats are happy and have had no adverse problems from being neutered.
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@ukchriss (2103)
16 Feb 07
There are 21,000 reasons why you should get your cat neutered ~ because that's potentially how many offspring could result from one un-neutered female cat and her descendants in just seven years! There is a cat over-population crisis in the UK today, which results in 1,000's of healthy but unwanted cats and kittens being destroyed EVERY DAY because there are not enough homes to go round. This sad fact is true also for dogs, and neutering is the only humane answer. Neutering your cats, male or female, is the best and most humane way of reducing the stray cat population, helping lower the instances of F.I.V. and fight-injuries, and preventing healthy cats from being destroyed. I got my two from a rescue home last year and they were both already done which was great. Did you know that a spayed or neutered cat will live a longer, healthier life? Neutering is a simple surgery with a very quick recovery period she will be a much more pleasant companion, and will ultimately be happier and healthier. Aside from the very real feline overpopulation problem, there are some valid health reasons for spaying female cats. Decreased Risk of Mammary Cancer Ideally, to give a female cat protection against mammary cancer, she should be spayed prior to her first heat. Each subsequent heat brings a greater chance of mammary cancer at a later time. Eliminates Risk of Ovarian or Uterine Cancer Spaying a cat involves the removal of the uterus and ovaries. No organs: no cancer; simple as that. Eliminates Chances of Pyometritis Pyometra is a virulent bacteria that attacks the uterus of cats, usually a week or so after estrus, and is a potentially fatal infection. So come on then, tell us all the details, Whats her name and how old is she?
@Chele2k2 (241)
16 Feb 07
A new addition, lovely! Our cat has been spayed, she was from a rescue centre, where it's all part of the package, along with immunisation jabs etc We also used to have a male cat, Marley, who we had neutered. We had this done for a few reasons, the amount of unwanted kittens about, stray roaming the streets, the chance he would be less likely to wander off and the bad habbits he started, when he reached a certain age, of spraying/weeing in various places in our home. I don't think he approved of it though, because the day he was aloud to go outside again, following his check up, he disappeared and never came home, 1 year on and there is still no sign of him :(
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
16 Feb 07
I remembered Marley and I was sorry he never came home for you, losing a cat is like losing a member of the family, I hope this doesn't happen to Octavia, she knew full well what was going on, and didn't meow once, all the way to the vet and usually she's quite a vocal cat. Thanks Chele x
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• United States
16 Feb 07
My kitty is getting neutered on Monday. We don't get cats spayed and neutered just so they won't reproduce. It's also actually to keep them healthy.
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@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
16 Feb 07
Thank you.
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@cuddleme01 (2727)
• Philippines
16 Feb 07
hi wolfie. most of our pet cats and dogs are speyed or neutered. We don't regret having many of our pets neutered or speyed. Dad wanted it that way so that we wont end up having too many pets at home. besides it is healthier for them according to some. My pet dog yuki will be neutered too soon. He is still young and just recovered from parvo. am thinking of giving him the needed time to be physically very okay again before i bring to the vet so he will be neutered.
@patootie (3593)
16 Feb 07
Purely on financial terms it's cheaper in the long run to have a pet neutered than to pay out for all the various illnesses they may get by not being neutered ..
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@rosie_123 (6118)
16 Feb 07
Please don't feel guilty! I have had all my 5 cats neutered, and it is the best thing for them to lead a healthy life. I know they get scared when you put them in the car, and take them to the Vets, and I admit I am a coward, and usually get my partner to leave them at the Surgery while I wait in the car, because I cry too much leaving them there for the day......... but we all know it is the best thing for them. There are far too many unloved, unwanted, cats around this world - and if you don't have yours operated on, they will soon add to the sad statistics. With my 4 boys, the operation was quick, painless, and easy, and the were all running around within minutes of getting home. With my girl cat, it took slightly longer for her recovery because it is a bigger operation for females than for males, but she was fine in 48 hours! Must admit, Lily was the only one I had slight guilt about, because she was a stray when I took her in, and in those situations, there is always a chance that even a tiny female can be pregnant, but the Vets can't tell until they operate. I felt bad that there may be kittens that would have to be aborted in that situation, but Lily was very small, and frail, and delicate, and the Vets told me even if she was pregnant, she would probably not survive a pregnancy, and safe delivery, so I had no option. By the way - she wasn't, so all was well that ended well:-)) Good luck!.
• Philippines
16 Feb 07
my sis-in-law had her cat speyed. She had no regrets doing that. Vet even mentioned that it would be healthy for the feline.
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• United States
16 Feb 07
We got Ringo, our male cat, neutered this past Tuesday. Poor guy. We went through the Humane Society to do it and it only cost us $20. Very reasonable I think. We did it to keep him from continuing to spray our house. He is a fully indoor kitty, I am not comfortable having an indoor/outdorr kitty at all. From what I was told, it's a good thing he's only and indoor kitty because if he went out, he'd spray even more. I really ddin't want to get him neutered as he had stopped spraying. However, we want to get a new couch and love seat and my husband said that in order to do that, we need to get the old boy cut. So we did. And no, I really don't feel guilt about it. When my husband and I are done having children, he'll be getting cut as well. I see it as about the same thing.
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@bonbon664 (3470)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
It's absolutely the right thing to do. There is enough unwanted pets in the world, and you're doing your part by not contributing to the problem.
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• United States
22 Feb 07
She will thank you in the long run, when she doesn't have to change poopy diapers like someone else on mylot lol No I never second guess this, it is a must do for my animals
@AskAlly (3627)
• Canada
22 Feb 07
We are a temporary emergency animal shelter. NO animal leaves with out being spayed or neutered. There are enough unwanted animals in the world as it is. Your cat will get over it. Just give her some extra tlc and she will be up and around in no time. You are doing the right thing.
• United States
16 Feb 07
I just had my kitty neutered a few months back and did feel guilty but only a little. It is very traumatic but it's for the best.I never wondered if it's the right thing to do because I know there won't be any innocent little kittens being thrown to the pound not to mention he won't be spraying all over the house. I also heard that spayed/neutered cats tend to be more affectionate. I think it' so cool that you're having her spayed.There are so many owners who don't bother and don't care if little kittens come in this world to suffer.You're kitty is one lucky cat! Good luck with the Spaying!
• United States
16 Feb 07
don't feel guilty. spaying is the right thing to do. you don't want a bunch of little kittens around the house do you? if you do then don't spay her. if you don't then spay her. i have 2 kittens and neither are spayed. that's because one i don't have the money to and two they're both girls and stay in the house. my other cat at my grandma's house got neutered and it was the best thing. since male cats spray and stink when you don't have them neutered we did it. it didn't really have too much of an effect on him and we didn't have any regrets about it.
@coolcatzz (1587)
• Canada
16 Feb 07
It is definitely the right thing even though you worry about them or feel sorry for them. My cat is actually going in on Monday morning to be spayed. She will be so much happier when it's done cause now she goes into heat so often that can't be pleasant either. You are doing a good thing.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
16 Feb 07
I have no regrets at all I had to do it to 2 of them they are sisters. Your doing the right thing and she wont even know a thing but she might be alittle sore when she comes home take good care of her. Your being a good dad.LOL
@weemam (13377)
16 Feb 07
My very good friend is in the same position , She was going to let her dog have puppies and then get it done but she had discovered the gorgeous dog has a small heart murmur and is going to get it done sooner than later , I think its just something that has to be done , don't you feel guilty pal please xx
• United States
16 Feb 07
It is the best thing for youre pet and you . it helps population and confort of the animal
@kareng (18799)
• United States
16 Feb 07
I guess it is only natural to feel a little guilty. You are doing the right thing however! The pet population is getting out of hand in many countries (including the US) and pet owners should be responsible for their pets and that is exactly what you are doing....taking responsibility! Hugs to your kitty while recovering!
• United States
16 Feb 07
Wolfie-- Just had my cat spayed last Friday and yes, I felt horrible about it...especially when she got hoem with her shaved belly and her stitches. But like a dozen other people have told you, it's healthier for your cat and cuts down on the excess population. I suggest you overcome the guilt like we did....mindless cat-indulgence. She has been spoiled rotten since she got home with treats, affection and more attention than she can stand. In fact, we followed her around for the first few hours after she got home and made her kind of nervous. Now, a week later, she's getting into everything in sight and trying to see if she can jump even higher than before...and she still has stitches in her stomach. Good luck!!!
@06sport (81)
• United States
16 Feb 07
its definitly the right thing to do You do not want more and more stray cats getting out of hand and spreading diseases.