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Spay NeuterReduce Spraying and Marking
Once the hormones are under control, most of these behaviors stop.  It may take several months for the hormones to work out of the system, especially when pets are altered when they are older.

Reduce Roaming
This behavior is also tied to hormones, so once the hormones are gone, often so is the urge to roam.  (Understand that there are some pets who will ALWAYS be prone to wandering, and this requires other behavior modification, but if they are spayed/neutered they will have less ways to get in trouble!)

Reduce Aggression
Hormones can definitely contribute to aggression, though it is not the only reason for aggression.  If there are other factors causing the aggression, behavior modification will be easier once the hormones are gone.

Lowers the risk of cancer
Yep ... hormones again!  Mammary cancer, ovarian and uterine cancers, prostate cancer, testicular cancer are all hormone driven, so reducing the hormones lessens the risk!

Decrease Overpopulation
Kittens and puppies are adorable.  Kittens and puppies brought into public Animal Control facilities/pounds have no longer time to stay alive than adults.  In 7-10 days, entire litters must be killed due to lack of space.  If they show any sign of illness, that time will be shortened.  If these litters are 'owner surrenders' they can be killed the same day if there is no room for them.  Spaying and neutering pets is the key to stopping this.  But until that happens, we have a critical situation.  Rescues can only help a small percentage of these litters due to limited resources and limited volunteers.

Increase Lifespan 3-5 Years
It all makes sense .... if your pet roams less, is less aggressive, has reduced chance of several cancers, and is not going through the stress of pregnancies, their quality of life is increased.

So why are you hesitating?  Do the right thing for your pet and your community.