By Peri Sualp …

Last Saturday we took our 10 month old female cat Daisy for spaying (that’s a new word I’ve learnt. It is used for female sterilization). I’ve cried a lot thinking she deserves having babies and we shouldn’t take her fertility from her without her consent.

Besides it would be wonderful to have couple of fluffy kittens running around. On the other hand she would be in pain God knows for how many days, plus lots of needles… I wasn’t even considering the weird shaving of her beautiful long hair.

My begging and crying didn’t help our poor Daisy. She had her operation but she spent the whole day and late night sleeping so she didn’t feel any pain. The next day she was able to eat and go to her litter box. Mostly she sat or slept in her bed. She seemed painless (I guess!). But on the third day, she was back to normal – we even had to put back ‘beware of the cat’ signs!!

After seeing it wasn’t really difficult for her and remembering a couple of visits to crowded animal shelters, I am convinced that cats and dogs should be sterilized. Not only the females but the males should be neutered as well in order to keep the balance (neutering is another word I’ve learnt and that one is used for male sterilization).

I see many stray dogs and cats out in the streets, even in deserted areas such as mountains and at the seaside. Unfortunately we can’t keep and take care of all of them. The shelters are loaded up and there is no room for new ones. The number is out of control! A female dog or cat can give birth three times a year. If she has four puppies or kittens every time she gives birth and then after one year these babies breed and each has four and they grow and continue breeding on and on and on….the number comes to thousands in a few years; even if only half of them survive and the half of that half are females! You do the maths! It’s really outrageous!

Our furry friends who live outside are also bound to face unfortunate things when they don’t have anyone to take care of them. Diseases, illnesses, wild animal attacks, mean people, injuries, car accidents are only a few I can think of. There are difficult weather conditions as well, either too cold or too hot and they need shelter to survive. Besides it’s almost impossible for our four legged cute friends to find regular food and water as well – they might even starve to death! As you see there are many fatal issues going on outside.

Certainly there are many good people around who try to help these souls by feeding or taking care of them but considering the number of the cats and dogs compared to the number of animal lovers around, the struggle for help seems absolutely insufficient. The solution? I wish we could convince all the people in the world to be animal lovers and let them take care at least those around them but I guess this is an impossible dream! So should we put a number of cats and dogs down and take good care of the ones we can handle?  If the number of our fluffy friends around is less, they will be taken better care of and they sure will be more precious.

No matter how unfriendly it may seem to have your cat or dog sterilized, this is the best method for their wellbeing.  At the end of the day, we can’t spay or neuter all of them right? I am pretty sure that there’ll still be plenty of gorgeous kittens and puppies to love around that are enough for everyone….  However, if our country implemented a project of neutering/spaying for all of the street animals this would soon result in the stray population decreasing and there would not be so many of the horrendous cases that we see on the social media, especially dogs, in such a pitiful state.