Well, we hate to say it; yes. They will become a different cat. One hundred and ten percent different. They will be happier. Plain and simple. Of course if your cat already has an awesome demeanor you may not notice the chance as much, or if you spay or neuter prior to 6 months you may not notice much of a difference... but, when you look at cats that were born into colonies and were partially feral? Well, Cindy Lou is a purrfect example of just how much of an "attitude" change sterilizing your kitty can do.
Cindy Lou had come to ELM in February this year with what was believed to be calicivirus. While no mouth sores were visible, she was unable to eat, drooled excessively, and had a severe eye infection to boot. Perhaps it was just the worst URI we've ever seen, however it just about took her life. She was syringe fed multiple times a day and under a watchful eye for quite some time. Despite what I thought was progress with a semi-feral kitten of four months, it was clear after her recovery that Cindy Lou was not too receptive to touch or quick to ask for attention. She did not like to be held and kept her distance from humans.
As you can see in this picture, now one and a half months post-spay, she has turned into a lovely little girl who just celebrated her first birthday! She now begs for attention, purrs quietly as she snuggles with you, wraps herself around your legs, and has a beautiful motherly temperament she never showed before her spay. She grooms our younger rescues, cuddles with them, and watches out for them. She has truly become one of our best success stories and it's coming to the time now where we know it's almost time for us to say "goodbye". Goodbye and congratulations to a new family that will dote on her and one of "her" babies.
Saying "goodbye" to Cindy Lou will be one of the most bittersweet moments for me especially as I've grown quite fond of Cindy Lou and her presence here is just expected. She has her favourite spots where she sleeps and cuddles with Buzz or some other attention seeking "kitten" that just so happens to snuggle up to her. Saying goodbye will likely make me cry. She was the first colony member I took in of many. She was the first colony member that essentially changed my life personally. She was the first colony member that simply put, taught me so much more as a person and as a rescue owner.
She is loved so much here at ELM and I argue with myself every day over what would be best for HER. I know I can't be selfish. She deserves a home where it's just her and Buzz, Bo Peep, Jones, or one other lucky rescue she spends her time with. If I had my way, it would be Buzz she needs to be adopted with. They share an indescribable bond. If Buzz gets the all clear at his next vet appointment, that's how it will be and two of my most favourite and loved rescues will be available as a bonded pair. One loving and extremely lucky family will bring them home and will have two of the most beautiful felines in the world. I envy them already.
So will spaying and neutering your pet change their attitude? Yes. Yes it will. You may see a small positive change like a bit more affection, perhaps your cat was marking his or her territory? That will also come to a decline if not a complete stop. There will be more purring and less discomfort for your furbaby. No more heat cycles and no more desperate attempts to dart outside or attract a mate. Plus, we mustn't forget the health benefits: sterilizing your feline/pet has been proven to prolong their life.
To spay or not to spay? I think the answer is pretty darn clear. We may as well ask: Do you love your furbaby and want a happier home? If you answer "yes", then please, please, spay and neuter your pets. You will be rewarded one-thousand fold 🙀✂️😻
If anyone requires financial assistance or a discounted rate due to hard times, please contact your local OSPCA to find out if they are hosting any spay and neuter clinics or offer a Community Assistance Program like the one at our local Hamilton/Burlington SPCA on Dartnall Road in Hamilton. For a mere $75 your feline will be assessed, vaccinated, microchipped, given Revolution, and of course, spayed or neutered.
Please do this for your furbaby. He or she deserves it. It's not cruel and it's safe. They will most definitely thank you for it.
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