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Readers Respond: Is spay & neuter a violation of God's law or a humane practice?

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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.

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!
—vinoyola

Outrageous

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

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~

Well, it's not so easy, is it?

My sister's boyfriend saved two strays from the golf course he works at. One has already had two kittens and lives in the barn. The other is still a young cat. So, I want to fix them all now because I can't afford to take care of a cat farm, alright? And yeah I could plop the two babies at a shelter, but do you know what they're going to do? Fix 'em! The mother of the two cats he rescued at the golf course has already had another litter. I don't know. I feel very mixed about s/n myself because I do wonder if it's the right thing. However, people have already domesticated these animals, so maybe that was the first wrong move and I can't fix that. Plus, cats chose to rely on humans in part and tamed up over time. Same with dogs. It's stressful dealing with the prospect of having all these cats! And plus the babies are boy and girl, so what am I supposed to just have them interbreed and come out with a bunch of quadruple paws? (Not that that's the worst that could happen)
—Guest nancy

FOR S/N!! 100% FOR!!

This is a no-brainer, people! I worked for 7 years at a "kill" shelter, and from what I saw, experienced, and still have nightmares from (to this day), I am 100% in favor of preventing as many unwanted kittens as possible. I have a very hard time with people who are so ignorant as to think that just because "kittens are so cute" it also means that they're easy to "get rid of". I SO wish for a day when all of the irresponsibility STOPS...but I know that it won't be in my lifetime. :-(
—Guest K.Haskins

It's not about god's bullshit

It's a simple matter of responsibility. Do you intend to breed your cat? If so, can you take care of the offspring responsibly (sell, keep, give away to other responsible people)? If yes, then there's no logical reason to neuter your pet. Now if you don't intend to let it breed and still refuse to neuter it you should not even be allowed to have a pet. If you think it's wrong to cut an animal's womb or testicles off, yet you think it's morally acceptable to restrain and isolate an animal who is in heat or just horny from its hormonal drives every time it wants to reproduce, the right word for you is "hypocrite".
—Guest Nukas

Are you crazy?

Cats are animals and they act on instinct because of hormones. If they are S/N the hormones are gone, they don't miss them. To let your cat have one litter to 'fulfill' herself is just plain stupid. Female cats do not enjoy sex. Why do you think they scream and screech?
—Guest Diane

Cats....

We are soo focused and concerned about the over population of animals and how it's cruel for them to live a harsh life in the wild, did you forget that these were once wild too, with natural animal instincts to hunt, protect, reproduce and survive. We only have them as pets because we can create a bond with them, just as we do with humans. Humans are overly populated, Like someone said above me "it's cruel to have unwanted cats roaming around" what about the unwanted humans? The unwanted babies that are abandoned and put up for adoption? Cats are more likely to help their babies survive than an unwanted and uncared for human baby. Look at all those children who have died because of those parents who can't and won't care for their child?Should we scrape out a humans reproductive organs until we get that under control? No, because the human rights activists will start a war, so why do it to animals? They have no choice, they don't even know this exists. It's nature, we should mess with i
—Guest Guest1234

I is pure duty

Which is worse? Stopping a life that is not yet begun? Or stopping a life that knows the world? It is our DUTY to spay animals. Mankind bred dogs and cats and got them into this mess. The fact is is that we bred so many house pets that they are unwanted. Because we bred them for thousands of years as house pets their brains have shrunk. They cannot survive on their own. If I had it my way I would stop all breeding and rounds up every cat and dog stray. Pick the best ones and keep them alive then spay the remainder. Think about this. How many times have you seen someone and gone ooh I could do him. Can u imagine following your urges up ever time? And not just having 1 newborn but an average of 8, who could then go and breed again? Oh and have you not considered the kittens and puppies that are gasses and drowned because no one wants them. If anyone's dog or cat is not spayed well I'm disgusted!!!!! If your excuse is too much money, then you can't afford a pet!!!! I'm disgusted.
—Guest Can't believe they dontspay their pets

Optional

I think that spaying and nuetering should be made optional and not manditory. I personally would not want to alter my pet except for one of two personal reasons. They would be 1) Retiring one after a couple or maybe three litters, and 2) If there was a medical condition involved as to why they couldn't have any babies. It sounds almost cruel to purposely fix them so they can't have babies or they cannot father babies. I see a point from pet overpopulation but it can work the other way too. There are so many people who even travel out of state to find a puppy. There is an issue of a puppie shortage. What misses me is going through the extemes in going to a breeder and purchasing an expensive and well bred dog or cat, and then just as soon as they are in their possession, turn right around and spaying or nuetering them. If spaying i an dnuetering is an option over breeding, why not go to a shelter center rather than purchasing from a breeder?
—Guest Carol Graham

hormones

I believe we humans do it out of selfishness. We dont want our house to smell of their spray and strong urine. That is not a good reason to remove testicles. It is selfishness. It is also selfish to neuter because we dont want them running away. They want to seek out others of their own kind. They need their testosterone and estrogen for their health. Just like we humans do. It totally wrong.
—Gracexyz

Whose Morality?

The reason neutering a cat isn't the same as castrating a person is because a person has the ability to suppress his mating instinct through reason. The state *has* "castrated" sex offenders who are incapable of this, often at the offenders' request, and those people *are* happier without constantly having to wrestle with an instinctive and disturbing reproductive drive. Cats don't mate because they want kittens the way people get married and have babies. They mate because a blind instinct forces them to, and it forces them to four or five times a year. Without intervention, a queen will spend her entire life pregnant and die after three or four years from exhaustion. An animal that should have had twenty years to play and run and learn and love instead expires in a filthy hole somewhere, watching, listening, and smelling in horror and misery as her kittens scream and die of starvation and exposure. If you love your cat, give her the peace god won't. Give her freedom. *Spay her.*
—Guest akp

Morality?

The only morality present in the decision to spay or neuter your cat is the morality you display for your larger social community in not forcing the antics of an unaltered cat on them when they've no wish for it. Your morality is displayed when you alter your cat to prevent your neighbors (state taxpayers) having to shelter, feed, adopt out, and/or euthanize your unwanted kittens. Your morality is displayed when you alter your cat to prevent your breeding neighbors from having their litters polluted by unwelcome toms or killed by rival queens. Your morality is displayed when you alter your cat in order to discourage it from ranging to avoid spreading disease (many feline illnesses, Parvo, for example, are highly contagious, virulent, and zoonotic [can be spread to other species, including humans]). Fixing your cat is something you should do, and if you're not going to, either don't have neighbors or don't get a cat.
—Guest zEropoint68

coMMon cents

there's no fool like a religious fool that lacks common sense & attempt to justify themselves when clearly S&N is the right thing to do. not to mention in the best interest of both parties.
—Guest Clement Ng

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