10 Facts About the Importance of Spay/Neuter for Your Pets


One of the most significant things you can do as a responsible pet owner is to spay or neuter your dog or cat. Spay/neuter can have significant health and behavior benefits for your pet, such as preventing certain kinds of cancers and other diseases, and keeping your pet safe by reducing the urge to roam and fight. Of course, the most important reason to spay or neuter your pet is to do your part to help reduce the number of homeless animals in shelters by not contributing to the pet overpopulation problem.


Think not spaying or neutering one pet won’t have much of an impact? Think again! Here are some surprising facts about pet overpopulation in the United States:

Dogs can have 2 litters of puppies per year, with an average of 6-10 puppies per litter.

Cats can have 3 litters of kittens per year, with an average of 4-6 kittens per litter.

Cats can go into heat and get pregnant at 4 months of age; dogs can get pregnant by 5 months of age.


If one male and female cat (and their offspring) are left to reproduce unchecked, they will produce 420,000 cats in 7 years.

One male and female dog (and their offspring) can produce 67,000 dogs in 6 years if left to reproduce unchecked.


70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day in the U.S.

35% of dogs and cats in U.S. households are not spayed or neutered. That’s 60 million pets that can potentially reproduce.


10 million animals enter U.S. shelters ever year. A surprising 90% of animals entering shelters are not fixed.

A shelter animal is euthanized every 8 seconds.


40% of shelter deaths occur in animals between 6 months and 2 years of age.




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  • Johnny McCarron
    Johnny McCarron

    I feel like a lot of people don’t understand that spaying and neutering can really make a difference when it comes to whether or not your pet gets diseases. For example, I didn’t realize that it could help fight things like cancer. Do you have any other tips about finding a good person to help you with a spay or neuter? https://akaalpet.com/surgery/spay-and-neuter/

  • Lillian Schaeffer
    Lillian Schaeffer

    This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that dogs can get pregnant by five months of age. My husband and I are going to be getting a puppy, and we want to avoid any pregnancies, so we want to have her spayed. Would you suggest having that done before she’s five months old, or is it better wait a little longer than that? Thanks for the great post! http://www.covingtonveterinaryhospital.com/Pet_Medical_Care_Fort_Wayne_IN.html

  • Theodore Winston
    Theodore Winston

    That’s sad that there are so many homeless pets due to the lack of spaying or neutering. It would be nice if people would be responsible enough to spay or neuter their pets so that so many animals didn’t have to suffer. The next time I get a pet, I will make sure to spay or neuter it so that I am not contributing to the problem Thanks for sharing this article!


  • faylinn

    I just got a cat and have been wondering whether or not I should have it neutered. However, I had no idea that a male and a female cat could potentially reproduce 420,000 cats within seven years and I definitely would not want to contribute to that amount nor any of them ending up in a shelter just to be euthanized. Knowing this, I am definitely going to take the cat to the vet next week for desexing.

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