If you tune in to The Big Butt Morning Show on 96.1, you've probably heard me preach about the importance of spaying and neutering pets, especially on Whisker Wednesdays. Why? It's a big deal for a bunch of reasons.

Dogs can have two litters a year, each with around 6 to 10 puppies. Cats? They can have up to 3 litters a year, with 4 to 6 kittens each time. Crazy, right?

Thing is, these little furballs can start making babies as early as four months for kittens and five months for pups. No wonder shelters bursting at the seams with more cuteness than they can handle. Too many animals and not enough homes for them.

Spaying (for girls) and neutering (for boys) are superhero moves for our cat pals.


For the girls, it means no more litters, no heat cycles, and a decreased risk of serious health issues like cancer.  Did you know females can even get pregnant while nursing a litter? Reproduction is BRUTAL on her system and robs her body of life-sustaining energy and nutrients. Let's spare her from the brutal cycle of reproduction. The solution is spaying by 4 months.

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Boys benefit too! Neutering stops spraying, reduces the urge to wander, and even cuts down on cat brawls. Plus, it eliminates the risk of certain cancers and helps them live longer, safer lives.

Also, a not-so-fun fact, is intact cats have barbs on their penises which helps them anchor inside the female during mating. Hence, the screaming that goes on. The barbs scraping also stimulate the female to drop eggs. A male cat loses the barbs a few weeks after a neuter.

FYI: After neutering, they can still produce offspring for up to six weeks due to residual sperm in their tubes. While the testicles are removed during neutering, it takes time for remaining sperm to be expelled or become nonviable.

Additionally, it takes several weeks for testosterone levels to decrease and diminish the urine smell associated with intact males. Far too often cats are thrown outside when they reach sexual maturity and start smelling foul or spraying your home. A simple solution is neutering by 4 months. A neuter prevents so many problems including shelter overcrowding.


Here's a shocking stat: only one in twelve cats born finds a home. That means a lot of them end up homeless or worse. But here's the thing: you can make a difference. Spay or neuter just one cat, and you're potentially saving a hundred lives.

It's a small act that can prevent a lot of suffering. Let's do our part and spay and neuter—it's the best way to help these furry friends.

It's not just about our pets; it's about the whole community. Sterilizing outdoor cats through programs like TNR makes them healthier and happier neighbors, reducing all those complaints about fights and wild behavior. It even saves money for everyone involved.

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