Common Concerns about Spaying and Neutering

My Pet Will Become Fat and Lazy

  • Neutering reduces a male pet’s desire to roam (often over long distances) to find females in heat, so he may need more play and exercise opportunities once he’s neutered.
  • Spaying or neutering before your pet reaches sexual maturity (4 months – a year of age) generally has no effect on weight. Older pets, allowed to reach sexual maturity before surgery, may have more appetite because their hormone balance was changed, so their calorie intake may need to be monitored. With proper feeding and enough exercise, your pet will not gain weight.
  • Sterilization of your dog or cat does not cause a personality change. They will merely be more content and make better pets, giving their families their undivided attention.
  • The only personality changes that result from spaying or neutering are the positive changes—no roaming, less tendency to mark territory, and less aggression.


Only Females Need to Be Sterilized

  • Yes, females produce litters, but only after being bred by an intact male.
  • Males can sire hundreds of offspring and be quite a nuisance with their intense search for females.
  • Owners of intact males can face lawsuits from owners of females into whose yards the males intruded.
  • Most acts of aggression to animals or people are committed by intact male dogs.
  • Owners of intact male cats can face disturbance complaints.


If I Neuter My Dog, He Won’t Protect My Property or Family

  • Neutering will not affect a dog’s protective instinct, but it will make him less likely to have wandered off when an intruder comes.
  • He will also be more pleasant to live with, so he will be closer to family members in the event he is needed to protect them.

My Female Should Have a Litter First

  • Having a litter will not cause a female to settle down or mature.
  • An active female may become frustrated by the confinement with puppies and be anxious to leave them.
  • If never allowed to come into heat, she will be protected from many serious health dangers.


I Want My Children to Experience the Miracle of Birth

  • Most animals give birth during the night and nearly all will try to hide to achieve privacy.
  • Often puppies or kittens are born dead or die shortly after birth, which can be very distressing for children. The mother may have troubles giving birth and need veterinary assistance.
  • Placing the puppies or kittens in homes can be a stressful process for the entire family, not to mention the possibility of having to take them to a shelter because you were unable to find homes for them, leaving the children to wonder what happened to the babies they helped raise.
  • There are far better ways to educate children, especially when you consider the 4 – 6 million pets euthanized annually in this country because there are no homes for them. Watch a TV program rather than have a litter!

I Don’t Want to Interfere with Nature

  • Animals’ sexual activity is driven by hormones and causes much stress.
  • Spayed or neutered pets do not miss the hormones; in fact, they are more peaceful and content without the need to seek a mate or compete for dominance.
  • We have already interfered with nature. Domesticated animals, protected, fed and in better health, already live longer, cycle more often, mate more often, and produce larger surviving litters than their wild counterparts.
  • They depend on us to keep their offspring at a level where the each of the young ones has an opportunity for a loving home.


My Pet Should Experience Sex

  • For a dog or cat, sex is the result of a hormonally-driven, powerful, instinctive drive to reproduce.
  • Without the hormones, they never think of it and thus have none of the interest in sex that people do.
  • Men often over-identify with their pets to the extent that they reject the idea of neutering their pets as if it is a threat to themselves.

 Spaying and Neutering Cost Too Much

  • Most communities require that pets be licensed, and the fees are always significantly higher for unneutered and unsprayed animals.
  • Impound fees and fines for roaming at large are generally higher, too.
  • Compared to the cost of raising litters, and the serious health problems that face intact animals, the cost of surgery is very reasonable.
  • Spay/neuter assistance is often available to people who truly cannot afford the surgery costs.