You might think you don't need to have your dog or cat neutered because you can control its behavior. According to Phyllis Wright, vice president of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), a recent survey showed that 27 percent of dog and cat litters result from what she calls the "whoops factor" - the mating happened by accident. The poll also showed that, among households where pets have not been neutered, 17 percent of owners thought the
procedure was unnecessary and another 18 percent hadn't considered it.
For literature on spay/neutering, write to HSUS, 2100 L St. N.W., Washington 20037, or contact Friends of Animals (FOA), Box 1244, Norwalk, Conn.; phone 800-631-2212.
FEEDING TIPS. Obesity causes health problems for animals. To help keep your dog or cat at its proper weight, try writing down everything you feed the pet each day, including that taste of chicken you sneaked it under the table, or the three potato chips at cocktail time. The total intake may be a revelation.
Also, follow recommendations on the pet food package regarding portions for your pet's size, age and health. Remember to count whatever you add to the ration: leftovers, cheese, gravy. And also keep in mind that the recommendations are only guides, not gospel. Metabolism varies with individual pets, so see whether your pet gains weight with the recommended feeding. If it does, reduce the quantity.