If this is not reason enough to spay & neuter…what is?
Too many cats and dogs and not enough homes! (credit: SPCA)
- In just seven years, one un-spayed cat and her offspring, left unharmed, could produce more than 450,000 cats (average litter of six kittens, twice a year)
- In seven years, one dog and her offspring can produce more than 4,000 dogs (average litter of four puppies, once a year)
- A single female rabbit can have 1-14 babies per litter, Rabbit gestation lasts 28-31 days, and because they are induced ovulators, mother rabbits can be impregnated again within minutes of giving birth. This means that a female rabbit have one litter per month if she is constantly with a male rabbit
Here is a formula showing 2 years of reproduction with a rabbit starting reproduction at 5 months old.
1. One mother rabbit x 3 female babies x 12 months = 36 female babies
2. End of Year Two: 37 mother rabbits x 3 female babies x 12 months (plus the original 37) will equal a total of 1369 rabbits.
Did you know that you can help prevent the suffering and death of millions of animals? (credit: ASPCA)
Almost everyone loves puppies and kittens, but some people lose interest when these animals grow up. As a result, millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or suffer as strays. Many of these are the result of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering. Rarely surviving for more than a few years on their own, strays die painfully by starvation, disease, freezing or being hit by cars.
Just the Facts, Please
Myth: Spaying or neutering (sterilization) will alter my pet’s personality.
Fact: Any slight changes will be positive. Regardless of the age when spayed or neutered, your pet will remain a caring, loving and protective companion. Neutering will reduce the need to breed, and that has a calming effect on many animals. Both neutered male canines and felines tend to stop roaming and fighting, and they also lose the desire to mark their territory with urine.
Myth: Companion animals will become fat and lazy if they are neutered.
Fact: Absolutely not! Lack of exercise and overfeeding make pets fat and lazy not neutering. Your pet will not gain weight if you provide exercise and monitor food intake. Neutering is good for your pet, since sterilized pets tend to live an average of two to three years longer than unsterilized pets.
Myth: Sterilization is a dangerous and painful surgery for my pet.
Fact: Spaying and neutering are the most common surgeries performed on animals. With a minimal amount of home care, your pet will resume normal behavior in a couple of days.
Myth: Children should witness the miracle of birth.
Fact: Countless books and videos are available to teach your children about birth in a responsible manner. Letting your pet produce offspring that you have no intention of keeping is teaching your children irresponsibility. Anyone who has seen an animal euthanized in a shelter for lack of a home knows the truth behind this dangerous myth.