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How Mozart Could Make Your Kitty's Spaying Safer

Research suggests classical music can ease feline stress on the operating table

(Newser) - Surgery isn't a calming experience—so it only makes sense that your cat would rather hear soothing strings than distorted guitars. In what has to be one of science's odder recent experiments, researchers in Portugal decided to pop a pair of headphones on a dozen cats while they... More »

Will Spaying, Neutering Make Your Pet Depressed?

Perhaps, but it may be worth the risk

(Newser) - Pretty much everyone—even the notoriously contrary PETA—agrees that spaying and neutering companion animals is the responsible thing to do. But could cutting off your dog’s testicles or removing your cat’s ovaries cause them to become depressed? Do the equivalent to humans, and their risk of anxiety... More »

Drug Could Someday Replace Spaying for Dogs

Arizona scientist working on alternative Chemspay

(Newser) - An Arizona scientist hopes to make the surgical spaying of dogs a thing of the past. The Arizona Republic takes note of the drug Chemspay, which shows promise as a cheaper (and less painful way) of sterilizing female dogs. It evolved out of menopause studies on mice by Dr. Loretta... More »

PETA Contest Prize? Free Vasectomy

An inspired way to bring awareness to the neutering issue

(Newser) - This has got to be one of PETA’s weirdest stunts yet: The animal rights group is staging a contest related to its spay/neuter campaign, and the lucky winner will get … a free vasectomy. To enter, you just get your cat or dog spayed or neutered, then submit an... More »

Cloris Leachman Pushes Safe Sex ... for Cats and Dogs

(Newser) - Cloris Leachman may be 84 years old—and have problems opening a condom package—but one thing she can do is be a spokesperson for PETA. Demonstrating that "millions who desperately need this protection can't even get the damn things out of the package," Cloris is drawing rave... More »

Octomom Offers Lawn for PETA Spay Ad

She needs the cash, food

(Newser) - Cash-strapped octomom Nadya Suleman has agreed to help promote pet spaying with a lawn ad for PETA, and, no, this is not an Onion article. Suleman, desperate for some extra money to raise her own litter of 14, has agreed to let the animal protection group post an ad outside... More »

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