We just had the last of our kitties, Gianto, neutered yesterday. While at the vet, I found this flyer and thought I share with all my readers.
Myth: My pet will get fat and lazy
Fact: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don’t give them enough exercise
Myth: It’s better to have one litter first
Fact: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shoes what females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age. Check with your vet about the appropriate time for these procedures.
Myth: My children should experience the miracle of birth
Fact: Even if children are able to see a pet give birth – which is unlikely, since it usually occurs at night and in seclusion – the lesson they will really learn is that animals can be created and discarded as it suits adults. Instead, it should be explained to children that the real miracle is life and that preventing the birth of some pets can save the lives of others.
Myth: I want my dog to be protective
Fact: Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog’s natural instinct to protect the home and family. A dog’s personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones
Myth: I don’t want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male
Fact: Pets don’t have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality. He doesn’t suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
Myth: But my dog or cat is so special. I want a puppy or kitten just like 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 of 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 pets litter. But each home you find means one less home for the dogs and cats in shelters who need good homes. Also, 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.
So be a responsible owner. Make the right decision
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