Myths About Spaying & Neutering

"Preventing animals from having litters is unnatural."
FALSE: We have already interfered with nature by domesticating cats and dogs. By doing this, we have helped to create their overpopulation problem. We must take responsibility for solving it.

"A female needs to have one litter."
FALSE: The best time to spay a female is before her first heat. Early spaying greatly reduces the incidence of mammary cancer. Older females can and should be spayed.

"The animal's behavior will change for the worse."
FALSE: The only changes in behavior are positive. Neutered animals fight less, reducing injuries and the spread of disease. Neutering reduces territorial marking or spraying and other unpleasant behavior associated with the mating habits of unaltered animals. Neutered animals often become calmer and more affectionate.

"Animals become fat and lazy."
FALSE: Animals become fat and lazy from being overfed and under exercised. Neutered animals live longer, healthier lives.

"We don't need to neuter males because they don't have litters."
FALSE: It takes two to tango. One unaltered male can be responsible for hundreds of litters.


  • Start by spaying and neutering all of your companion animals. Encourage and assist others to do the same. The Purr-fect Cat Shelter has free information available on reduced cost spay/neuter services.

  • Adopt an animal from a local shelter or pound. There are many beautiful healthy animals in these shelters, and you could be their lifeline.

  • Volunteer and GET INVOLVED. The Purr-fect Cat Shelter and other organizations are always in need of volunteer services.

  • Offer financial support to humane organizations, like The Purr-fect Cat Shelter, which is working to solve the problem of pet overpopulation through humane education and direct assistance.

    Sources: The Fund for Animals 1993, American Humane Association 1992, Spay USA 1993, Penn and Schoen Assoc. 1992, American Animal Hospital Association 1990 and the A.V.M.A.

    The Purr-fect Cat Shelter, Inc.
    "recycling homeless cats into lifetime pets"
    Post Office Box 548, Medway, MA 02053

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