March 26, 2019

Why 'free' kittens aren't always the best choice

There are a lot of misconceptions about spaying/neutering cats, and we wanted you to know that the Clinton County Humane Society works to spay and neuter each animal it adopts out so that the population of unwanted pets is decreased, and that each animal is a wanted animal. Two uncontrolled breeding cats and their offspring could produce a population of 80 million cats within 10 years.

One misconception about spaying and neutering cats, in particular, is that it will affect a cat’s ability to be a great mouser. It’s simply not true, according to those in veterinary medicine. “Because spay/neutering only affects sexually dimorphic behaviors, and does not affect learning, it will not impair an animal's ability to do work, hunt, guard, etc.,” according to the veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences department at Texas A&M. “Animals actually may be better able to focus on their task, since they will be less distracted by other dogs and cats.”

Cats are instinctively programmed to hunt. Spaying or neutering does not affect that instinct. Spayed and neutered animals are three times less likely to develop behavior problems as intact animals, according to Texas A&M. And it helps to prevent roaming, escaping and running away in search of a mate, so those animals are less likely to be involved in car accidents.

In a rural community, cats are often allowed to breed over and over again, so although it is easy to get a "free" kitten in many places in Clinton County, our low-cost adoptable cats come already spayed/neutered and up to date on vaccinations. 

If you are looking for a mouser who will provide you with endless hours of amusement, please consider adopting one of ours. You can find our adoptable pets on this link: