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Spaying or neutering your cat

Every year, thousands of unwanted cats and kittens are brought to Calgary animal shelters. Many of these animals must be euthanized because good homes cannot be found for them. Spaying or neutering​ ensures that your cat is not contributing to the pet overpopulation problem.

Some of the benefits of spaying or neutering your cat:

  • It reduces the incidence of disease, infection and certain cancers of the cat's reproductive system.
  • Female heat cycles are eliminated.
  • Male cats no longer spray.
  • It ends the cat's crying, howling and frantic efforts to get out and mate.
  • Neutered cats are more sociable and affectionate.

About spaying and neutering

Spaying is a surgical procedure that removes the ovaries and uterus from female animals. This ensures that females cannot get pregnant.

Neutering is a surgical procedure that removes the testicles from male animals. This ensures that males will not cause a female to get pregnant.

Spaying and neutering myths

Myth: We'll find homes for our pet's litter.
Fact: Finding homes for each kitten can be difficult and time consuming. Many people do not find homes for all the kittens and end up surrendering or abandoning them.

Myth: The Humane Society can find homes for them all.
Fact: There are not enough homes for all the animals. Each year the Calgary Humane Society is forced to destroy more than 5,000 homeless animals.

Myth: Spaying and neutering is tampering with nature.
Fact: Cats and dogs are domesticated animals, meaning that their proper care is our responsibility. Responsible pet ownership involves spaying and neutering. Your pet can reproduce at an alarming rate and it's kinder to spay or neuter your pet than to allow thousands of unwanted animals to be born.

Myth: Only females need to be fixed.
Fact: Neutering your male cat will alleviate a number of nuisance behaviours, such as spraying, roaming and aggression. Not only will a neutered cat not father additional unwanted cats, he will be a better companion animal for you and your family.

Myth: Spaying and neutering won't solve the pet overpopulation problem.
Fact: Spaying and neutering together with licencing​ the most important component to solving the overpopulation problem. Homeless and unwanted pets come from the same source; someone's female wasn't spayed and someone else's male wasn't neutered.

Myth: All children should see the miracle of birth.
Fact: Sadly, it isn't possible to find good, lasting homes for all the animals born. It's kinder to the animals to teach children about birth with books, videos and visits to a farm or zoo.

Myth: Spaying or neutering makes cats fat and lazy.
Fact: Too much food and too little exercise makes your cat fat and lazy.

Myth: Females should have one heat and should have one litter.
Fact: No. Females do not need to go into heat to mature. Having a litter won't change their personality. Females should be spayed before their first heat cycle.