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Treating pets right

September 19, 2013

This letter is in response to a statement made by Dylan Burkhart Aug. 26. She said, “An animal’s personality can change drastically after going under the knife [spay or neuter]....

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Premier

Sep-19-13 5:10 AM

I don't know about this, my cat was a great mouser until I had him neutered. Now all he wants to do is play video games and watch Animal Planet.

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USABorn

Sep-19-13 5:32 AM

Glad you find it funny premier, pets don't. Especially those with unnecessary terminal illnesses.

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Premier

Sep-19-13 5:52 AM

USA....I'll bet your a real joy at family gatherings.

Lighten up....Geez!

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Tgrammiex4

Sep-19-13 6:14 AM

I wholeheartedly support spay/neuter and I will until every shelter is empty. The statement that personalities don't change isn't true. A kitten was dumped at my sister's house ( outside Millville) a little female, very playful, lovable.Assimilated well to her 2 very old cats.Upon spaying, complete change, fighting with the older cats to the point she had to separate them.Became very agressive with the other cats AND humans. My sister gave her 3 mos., hoping she would settle down, to no avail.Didn't want to take the chance of re-homing her and it not working, had her put to sleep. Sometimes they do change in a very bad way.

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KrazyK

Sep-19-13 8:06 AM

As the owner of many dogs over the years, it has been my experience that females change little. Males become less aggressive and Marjorie points this out. To me, this is a personality change. Overall, good, informative letter for pet owners.

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SteelerFan

Sep-19-13 8:35 AM

Good one Premier, got a good laugh.

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SteelerFan

Sep-19-13 8:39 AM

Both of my tom cats are neutered and front declawed (indoor cats) and are both extremely content. (except when the Steelers lose) :-)

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leaningright

Sep-19-13 9:06 AM

Where is Bob Barker when you need him? He could tell us all we would need to know!

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CMReeder

Sep-19-13 9:27 AM

"I don't know about this, my cat was a great mouser until I had him neutered. Now all he wants to do is play video games and watch Animal Planet."

LOL!

Spay and neuter your pets is a message that needs to be repeated to pet owners.

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CMReeder

Sep-19-13 9:28 AM

This is a good letter!

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SilverFeather

Sep-19-13 11:21 AM

Pets personalities do change, mostly for the better. They lose their aggressive tendencies and become much better companions.

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CitizenQ

Sep-19-13 11:21 AM

USA - I often agree with you but I think you skipped over the humor in Premiers post. Sometimes it's good to just laugh. It doesn't mean he doesn't support spaying or neutering, he was just making light of the subject. I also support this important issue but the comment made me smile (as I believe it was intended to do). As a pet owner of many different pets through the years, I have seen this personality change many times. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. But that's no excuse for not taking the important step to stop further unwanted animals. Enjoy your day. And SMILE. Life doesn't always have to be so serious.

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Garben78

Sep-19-13 12:23 PM

Their is a lot in this lte that should be practiced on humans as we all know welfare cost much more then the billion a year to fix your pets

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Capricorn1

Sep-19-13 2:00 PM

I think some people may confuse personality with behavior with regards to their pets. Personality is the overall emotional make up of your pet. Behaviors are usually born as a result of your pet’s personality in relation to his environment. Behaviors can be both positive and negative. According to the ASPCA, there is no scientific evidence that spaying or nurturing has any adverse effect on your pet's personality. However, there is plenty of supporting facts that say it can definitely change your pets behavior in a positive way with regards to urine marking, roaming, aggression, social problems and inappropriate mounting. And it's best to spay or neuter between six and nine months before they develop those behaviors.

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rick424

Sep-19-13 2:54 PM

"Their is a lot in this lte that should be practiced on humans"

Now that is a loaded comment. Is this how the right really feels??

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Scott36

Sep-19-13 3:45 PM

Their is a lot in this lte that should be practiced on humans as we all know welfare cost much more then the billion a year to fix your pets-Garben78

Why don't you be a true leader for the cause--Go First!!!!

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USABorn

Sep-19-13 5:03 PM

CitizenQ - 11:21 AM

"USA - I often agree with you but I think you skipped over the humor in Premiers post."

Sorry everyone. I guess I'm just a little down at the moment. Tomorrow morning I must enter the hospital. The news is not good. In case I don't make it, please know how much I have enjoyed being here with you all. And please....keep fighting for our country and it's future.

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Capricorn1

Sep-19-13 5:22 PM

USABorn, you are in my prayers.

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BornHere

Sep-19-13 5:29 PM

USABorn, I will pray for you at Mass tonight.

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Premier

Sep-19-13 6:36 PM

USA, you are in my prayers also. Get better soon. :}

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BornHere

Sep-19-13 8:43 PM

USABorn, if there is anything I can do for you, please let me know.

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JerryfromRI

Sep-19-13 9:26 PM

Good luck USABorn and get well soon.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Sep-19-13 11:49 PM

USABorn,

Our prayers are with you. May God heal you and provide comfort and peace.

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Scott36

Sep-20-13 12:36 AM

USABorn,

You are in my thoughts and prayers. Get well.

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nobud74

Sep-20-13 8:21 AM

USA, all the best and a speedy recovery.

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