Cat to cat, I need help. There is talk around here that I need to have an operation. I think it's called neutering. Do you believe that I will be less of a cat, and that my attractiveness will be compromised by this?
Vanity is a universal cat personality trait. After all, so many of your ancestors were gods and goddesses, creatures honored among kings and serfs alike. You are, for all practical purposes, dignified and regal.
With medical modernization, changes in attitude regarding the spaying and neutering of animals is really in your favor.
The American Humane Association endorses early neutering as a "feasible solution to decreasing pet overpopulation and the tragedy of resulting deaths." The American Veterinary Medical Association supports the concept of early neutering (between the ages of six and 14 weeks).
Right here in Tampa Bay, Stop Pet Overpopulation Together (www.spotusa.org) is working to solve this problem. Do you know that one cat or dog and their offspring can produce more than 500 cats and dogs in one year? That's a a lot of homes to find, shelters to fund, and tears shed.
Now let us consider you. SPOT does recognize a few changes as a result of spaying and neutering pets:
• No more trying to escape to find a mate.
• No more fighting with other male cats.
• No more howling all night.
• No more spraying on furniture.
• No need to mark your territory.
• No more paternity suits due to accidental litters.
— Fisher lives in Tampa Bay with her humans. Send questions and a photo to [email protected] or visit www.ask-fisher.com.