I won't sterilise because....
I just spoke with someone who is selling her pedigree cats. One of the caregivers saw her poster up in a pet store and was appalled so she called me. It turns out her mother cat is giving birth again and so she wants to sell the kittens she has. The caregiver said they are so pretty someone will definitely buy them - and she's worried they will go to a bad home.
I spoke with the girl, and told her to please firstly, be careful when adopting the cats out. I told her that not every home is going to be a good home. Secondly, I asked her if she would please consider sterilising her cats, and just when you think you've heard it all, something surprises you. She said she could not sterilise them because when her parents sterilised their cats, the fur fell off. She said this happened with one of their dogs too. So she's convinced that sterilisation has to do with it.
I explained that fur dropping can be due to diet, to fur mites, or even stress. I said that the cat which wasn't sterilised, might have been terrorising the rest for example, and the rest were so stressed they lost their fur (the unsterilised cat by the way was killed when it ran out of the house and so lived a shorter life then the rest).
I also explained the health benefits of sterilisation and offered to send her our brochure but she said she knew all about it having had animals all her life. She also said she would not be able to cope when the cat keeps giving birth. However, she said sterilisation is irreversible and might make the fur drop.
I told her to check with her vet about that, but I also told her that there were many cats killed every day because of the overpopulation of cats, besides all the postive benefits of sterilisation. I also told her unsterilised cats look more haggard in general - I told her that they had no choice but to go on heat, and it was like being pregnant every two months for the cat's life.
She said she would think about it, but I don't think she sounded convinced.
Besides the fact that I really don't think there's a link between her cats losing their fur and the sterilisation, I am pretty horrified she thinks this is a good reason NOT to sterilise. Even if it were true, so the cat doesn't look so pretty - the fact that it's not going to have more kittens you can't cope with, that they don't go to bad homes, that it lives longer, that it's healthier, that you don't add to overpopulation, etc is not enough to balance that it doesn't look as NICE?
My headache just got a lot worse.