Looking to grow your family? Adopt a spayed or neutered pet

Having a child is not the only way to grow your family — you can also consider cat or dog adoption. However, when you want just one pet, it is better to adopt a spayed or neutered pet. This will ensure that you don’t wake up one day with ten more unplanned cats or dogs. Here is why you might want to consider adopting a neutered pet.

Spaying and Neutering Increases Life Expectancy

There are many benefits to cat or dog adoption. These can be psychological or social. As such, when you are adopting a pet, you will want it to stick around for as long as possible. Fortunately, that is achievable. When you neuter or spay a pet, you increase its life expectancy. Research shows you can add about one to three years of life to your pet by neutering it. That’s one of the reasons you might want to adopt one that’s neutered already. Spaying your pet lowers the risk for mammary tumors and other conditions. It has also been shown to lower the risk of testicular cancer and prostate disease in male pets.

Reduces Desire to Roam

Pets that are not neutered or spayed will tend to wander. Females will go in heat and start searching for males. Males will go about looking to mark their territory, which might lead them to get into fights. Research shows that the majority of male dogs hit by cars are intact. This shows that the greater percentage of male dogs who get hit will be in search of females.

Reduces Health Issues

Neutering and spaying are generally good for the health of your pet. There are a lot of threats out there that your dog or cat can encounter, as it is in search of females or hanging around males when in heat. For instance, there are a lot of fights that can take place. Apart from that, dogs and cats can also be hit by cars. Neutering reduces your pet’s desire to roam for sexual reasons, and this also lowers your pet’s medical bills. Apart from these, neutering also reduces pet overpopulation. American Humane recommends making sure everyone is informed about pet overpopulation and why it is important to adopt neutered and spayed pets.

These are some of the reasons why you must consider a neutered pet when looking into cat or dog adoption. It will be a great addition to your family, and it won’t come with a lot of behavioral and health issues. That is how you can make a family addition without hassles.

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