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Well, it really isn’t a reason to throw a party, but February 28th is “World Spay Day.” Whether you are a cat-lover or not, there are many health-oriented reasons to have your feline spayed or neutered.

According to an article written by Layla Morgan Wilde on CatWisdom101, your feline will live a longer, healthier life if you spay or neuter them early. This is a normal operation performed on cats in most shelters who are up for adoption.

The most important reason to spay or neuter your cat is to prevent overpopulation. I didn’t know this, but Wilde’s article states that there are currently approximately 70,000 stray cats in the U.S.A. alone! One unspayed female cat can be responsible for up to 20,000 descendants within a five year period. That’s quite a family tree.

Not only are these operations necessary to stem overpopulation, cut down on disease transmission, and reduce wildlife predation, but spaying or neutering your cat will keep them healthier throughout their lives. Wilde’s web posting explains: “For female cats, spaying can prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which can be fatal. For male cats, neutering can prevent testicular cancer and certain prostate problems. In addition, spaying and neutering can reduce the risk of certain behavioral problems, such as marking and roaming.”

Male cats can be released back to their homes pretty quickly after the neutering surgery. However, for female felines, the recovery takes longer and it is important to make sure you limit your pet’s activities during the rehabilitation period. Follow your veterinarian’s instructions closely to ensure a smooth recovery for your pet.

If you have questions or concerns about spaying or neutering your cat, be sure to consult a veterinarian. It sure looks like it hurts, and probably does, but it is the best thing you can do for the long-term health of your feline pet.


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.

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  • 1) Pet Hair Remover Brush

    If you’re like me and have a short-haired cat that tends to shed a lot this pet hair remover brush is a lifesaver. Pet hair gets everywhere and sometimes the vacuum has a hard time picking it up. This is great for getting those stubborn hairs away from the couch.

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    We have a cat at my house that has really bad anxiety. And these calming diffusers are great. They plug into the outlet and we’ve seen a noticeable difference in her behavior. She’s definitely more relaxed and not so jumpy all the time.

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    I bought one of these for my cat about six months ago and she absolutely loves it! She’s always been the type of cat that likes to drink out of the sink so this has been a great change for her and me. I no longer have to pick her up so she can drink out of the faucet, and she gets this fun fountain-style drinking fountain. 

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    This shirt is exactly how my cat treats me when it comes to pets. The back legs are a no-go zone for sure! This is a perfect gift for a cat lover!

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  • 8) 3-in-1 Scratcher

    Keeping my cat from scratching up my walls is a daily challenge. This scratcher is great for encouraging your cat to scratch something other than your wall or chair, etc. It can be placed on the floor, hung it from a door, or mounted directly on the wall.

  • 9) Pet Grooming Glove

    Okay, these are awesome. Cats are big self groomers, but if your cat is anything like mine, sometimes they need a helping hand. Enter these grooming gloves. This helps remove all of that hair that is shedding from them and can help you prevent those really nasty hairballs.

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    These are definitely for a special kitty. I have no doubt in my mind that my cat would look adorable in these!

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    For all of your Star Wars fans, these adorable tiny Yoda catnip holders are gonna make your cat so happy. Of course, we all know that catnip is one of their favorite things, so why not give them a fun holder for it? 

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  • 14) Catnip Credit Card Holder

    And speaking of fun catnip holders this one is also awesome! It can be personalized for your pet too.

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  • 15) Cat Earring Holders

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  • 16) Sorry I’m Late My Cat Was Sitting On Me Shirt

    And we have to leave you on the best note possible and that’s this relatable shirt. Sometimes I’m late because my cat is sitting on me and moving her is certainly not an option. This tee comes in a wide range of colors and sizes!

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