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The Dollars and Sense of Spay/Neuter for Cats

Study shows higher-income households more likely to fix their felines

Study shows higher-income households more likely to fix their felines

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A study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) supports statistically what animal shelters know from experience—that households with higher incomes are more likely to spay or neuter their cats.

The authors undertook the study in 2007 to gather data on the demographics of cat-owning households, information that could help government officials design legislation to boost the spay/neuter rate. During a three-week period, researchers conducted 1,205 interviews with a random sample of people from a wide range of geographic regions and socioeconomic levels. Of those interviewed, 383 households (31 percent) had a total of 850 cats, which works out to 82.4 million cats living in 36.8 million American homes. (That’s a lot of kitty litter.)

The respondents were queried about their gender, education, age, annual income, number of cats, and where they’d gotten them. They were also asked about the sex of the cats, whether they were neutered, and what reasons the owners had for neutering or not neutering.

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