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Should You Get Cat Spayed or Neutered?

Learn if you should get your cat spayed or neutered from board-certified veterinary behaviorist Dr. E'Lise Christensen, DVM in this Howcast video.

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Are you wondering if you should get your cat spayed or neutered? Well, the answer is really plain old-fashioned yes. When you adopt a cat from many different foster organizations and rescues, they're already going to have spayed or neutered the cat for you or they'll have a requirement in your contract saying that you have to spay and neuter, and the reason is most cats die of overpopulation in the United States.

There are so many cats without homes that we can't even keep the shelters open to accept every cat that comes in without having to euthanize a significant proportion. So, try to put those dreams of having baby kittens at home on hold, or if you really want to have kittens at home sign up with a foster group and foster kittens in your home.

That way, if you want your family to have the experience of having kittens you know you're not contributing to the problem of overpopulation. In addition, there are potential behavioral and medical impacts to spaying and neutering. For instance, if your cat is spayed there's a decreased likelihood that she's going to get the cat equivalent of breast cancer. And if your cat is neutered, you're going to decrease the likelihood that he's going to urine mark, roam, and get into all sorts of fights with other neighborhood cats. So it's important that you talk with your veterinarian as soon as possible about the right time to spay or neuter your cat.

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