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Is spay and neuter of pets morally wrong? Do you think it a violation of God's law? Or is your opinion that it is inhumane to allow the pain and suffering of cats' giving birth to one litter after another, either in a home environment or in the homes, streets, and wooded areas around the world. You may share your opinion on the form provided here.

Note: This form is not for asking questions or replying to another user. Think of it as your own article on the religious vs humane aspects of spay and neuter of pet cats.

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God's Will? S/N is OK with God

There are too many reasons to count why you SHOULD S/N your cat. a) It's impossible to get in the way of God's plan, if you S/N your cat, he knew when he first created the world that it would happen. b) It reduces chances of related diseases and cancers. c) There is NO risk of your pet getting pregnant. d) So many cats die a year because owners think that it is "immoral" to S/N them. e) We can't stop euthanizing animals! f) As said before, there is no need for S/N in the wild because there are animal overpopulation "safeguards"
—Guest AC

We took away the natural safeguards

I feel that the reason animals reproduce is to carry on the species. I also feel when God gave them that ability he built in natural safeguards ( lack of food, natural predators,diseases etc)to prevent over population. We humans altered that when we domesticated them and made them pets. (vet care, indoor, better food etc)Animals now live longer lives then ever before and not as many die as babies. We took away the natural safeguards God put in place. Having said that I believe it is humane to stop our pets from breeding. There are too many in the streets or colonies that starve. The lucky ones end up at a shelter where we kill them for lack of homes. A few very lucky ones do actually find a home. It is far more humane to spay/neuter them before the babies show up than to kill them after they show up. I feel better knowing I am part of the solution of this problem rather then the cause. I will always spay or neuter my animals!


Neutering and spaying your pet is as much of a Responsibility & Obligation as proper diet and health care. Anyone who believes that Fluffy won't feel fulfilled without producing offspring, or sees it as a disregard of God's will, is welcome to visit my shelter or Any shelter nearby. The story will be the same everywhere you go: abandoned like garbage, animals confined and waiting to go home, or waiting to die. That animals are forced to suffer and die because of overpopulation is no one's fault but Our Own. Let's not be naive. If you're a pet owner who has chosen not to fix their animal, you are lending your hand to sign the death certificate of an inordinate amount of helpless animals. Every year, 8 million animals die (that''s one every 8 seconds) not because they are sick, mean, or old but because someone decided to give their pet a reproductive license without any thought of the repercussions. If there is a God, he is outraged by the lack of care we show the rest of his creation.
—Guest N. Rose


No, it is not. And geez this question was obviously intended for christians. Why the heck do all these athiest feel the need to comment. Franny's Note: This question was NOT intended only for Christians. Indeed, many other religions believe in souls. Athiests are perfectly welcome to reply. The question has to do with *morals*, not religious beliefs nor lack of.
—Guest Kitties~


If your cat is an outdoor cat then by all means get it s/n. If it isnt then you shouldnt. I know a lady whose premise was basically "cat has a problem? Fix."
—Guest guest that can think

Chances are those sweet puppies-

And kittens you let into the world will wind up in a shelter. I once found and adopted out a stray puppy. I didn't get her spayed before adopting her out, but I was assured by her "great family" that she would be. I foolishly agreed. They checked out, seemed perfect and signed an adoption contract. Guess what? 6 months later, they call to tell me that they wanted her to have one litter first. She had 7 puppies, and was suffering from a massive uterine infection. All 8 of them wound up in the shelter where I had to rescue them again. But I was too late. All of her sweet, fluffy puppies were killed for more space, and she died from the damage done by getting pregnant too young. How is that better than spaying her initially? If I had known they would ignore the contract, common sense, and their moral obligations, I would have spayed her immediately and found her a sane family. Whoever thinks that having pets means letting themm breed indiscriminately is insane.
—Guest Bethany

Have you ever seen a shelter's back room

Would you spay yourself? If I knew that my child would die, alone, in pain and alone then yes! Have you ever volunteered in a kill shelter? If so, then you would know the fate waiting for these animals. They are not wild animals, humans have selectively bred them to be docile and helpless. Our modern society has removed their ability to cope well alone. And is hugely beneficial! My parents never neutered either of our beloved dogs. Both died young, one due to testicular cancer and the other for attacking another dog over a female. In the process my brother was bitten and permanently disfigured. Both were directly linked to being unaltered. Sex is neither pleasurable or necessary to pets. I work in animal rescue, and I have had all of my fosters fixed. They didn't even notice that anything was different. Every single one (87 and counting) was up and playing the same day. They all were more playful, better behaved and more loving. They don't have a concept of sexual identity. They are
—Guest Sara


It's different if they are spayed cats and are quote-on-quote "domestic" but if they are wild i do somewhat understand if they are born in the wild and survive what right should we have to swoop in and S/N them. But think of it this way, Would you rather see a kitten seperated from it's mother hit by a car or chased by "domestic" dogs or shot my other people or Wow i could go on and on and on! To wrap it up Yes i do think ALL cats and dogs should be S/N
—Guest Lexy

we just can't afford it

I let my cat have one litter because last summer I went to a animal clinic and asked them how much it would cost me to Get my cat spaid and they told me 45 and I think a fee to Bea Sean now thy said it will cost 145.00 for each cat I have three i need help any way it goes its crul but I think its worse to have a bunch of cats I eventually can't take care of I'm stressing because I think the yelling is about shes all ready trying to go out side.I don't want to send her no were that's gonna put them to sleep and out side is to crul for them.
—Guest cocokitty


All you people are like THE CAT OWNS THEIR BODY!!! Wellllll, unless you picked it up off the side of the road or something, I'm pretty sure you bought your pet in some way shape or form whether through a breeder or an adoption fee. So no, your cat doesn't own their body. You do. You bought them. You own them.
—Guest Has a brain!!!!!

spaded and Neutoring should be illegal

It's truly inhumane and I met a few lady block heads who capture male cats and only male cats and give them free neutering. First off they told me that 1 cat can reproduce 6,000 cats in 1 year. WTF such a ratio out of their own asses. I have a cat and average cats births are 4 to 6 kittens with in six month period. And there is no way in hell they can reproduce that many. Folks Who think that spading and neutering an animal is Truly Sick in the head and need to get their facts straight. As if they keep this up the entire cat or dog population on earth will go extinct. So leave it alone and let them exist as god attended them to be. Here's a bit of history lesson. During the black plague. Dumb folks thought black cats and cats in general was the source of the cause of it. So they killed off all the cats they could find. Guest what happened their? More rats reproduced and spread-ed out witch was the major factor why the black plague did a massive damage back then.
—Guest Blackthorn

leaning against s/n

ok. i can generally see both sides of the equation, but i'm sick of people saying that those who don't s/n are just irresponsible, ignorant, etc. that assumes that people have no intention of putting in safeguards to prevent kitten-making. there are those who love their pets who have put more thought into than just wanting more kittens or are too lazy to do so. i understand that feral cats need to be s/n, but these pets that we keep in the home---i just feel like if you can keep them under control, and not have them wander and get pregnant, then why is it necessary? why don't we take a moment to visualize it for a moment. ripping out all the reproductive organs of your pet for the sake of behavioral modification, population control, whatever. we also have a human growth population. let's see how long before we start s/n people. just control your pet the non-surgical way, caged up. now,if i decide that i'm too lazy to keep my kitty caged up, i promise i will spay her.
—Guest kitty korner


It is morally irresponsible NOT to alter your pet! Think of the pet overpopulation and the innocent animals being euthanized! Also shame on the people who don't neuter males because they aren't the ones having litters!!! OMG what are you thinking - or are you thinking at all?! Be responsible - spay or neuter your pet.
—Guest Sue Meyer

Didn't know if I should spay my cat

I felt morally wrong to spay my cat... but I was doing research and made an appointment for this Saturday... almost a lot of people kept telling me to spay her... it's the right thing to do... that there are too many cats in this world and we don't need more that I am a bad person for not doing it... but my cat is an indoor cat and I've had her for 3 years she does not go outside by choice, she prefers staying in the balcony... I think she's just in love with my husband and believes she's human for some reason. I was doing it because i felt uncomfortable with her being in heat frequently, but after reading this article it hit the same believes I have and it strongly supports my morality in not wanting to spay my baby. Is just not natural. I was being very selfish. My baby behaves and never wonders around. I am canceling the appointment.
—Guest Jojo


The people who say that people "only spay/neuter their pets to make them calmer" are a bit silly. Most people get their pets s/n so that they won't overpopulate the area. My neighbors never got their cats fixed, and there were over 20 cats running around at a time, and it was horrible, not just for the cats, either. They killed off all of the birds and rodents in the area, and eventually all of the cats starved, or got picked off by dogs and coyotes, because my neighbors couldn't afford to feed them all. I don't understand how some people think it's wrong to get cats s/n when it will cause a lot less stress for the animals in the long run. Only about 1/12 of the kittens survived to maturity, and most of the time my neighbor's dogs would maul them, anyway. Only a couple of the kittens survived, which were ones that I adopted, or got people in my family to adopt. You don't have to get you pets s/n if you don't want to, but acting like it's horrible and wrong is off the mark.
—Guest Hope

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