Kittens are adorable but kittens grow up and with maturity comes the cat’s natural desire to procreate. If your cat is not neutered this can result in a plethora of problematic behavior as well as kittens who may not have a home. If you are on the fence about whether or not to have your male cat neutered, NuVet thought we would share with you a few good reasons why you may decide to go with this commonly performed surgical procedure.
What is Neutering?
Neutering only occurs with male cats. When a male cat is neutered he is surgically castrated and his testicles are completely removed. When a cat is neutered he can no longer mate with female cats and produce offspring.
Why Should I neuter my cat?
Aside from reducing the overwhelming homeless cat problem, there are many positive benefits to having your male cat neutered:
Cuts back on difficult feline behavior:
An intact male is strongly driven by his hormones and thus a need to mate. This will force him to spray to mark his territory. If you are familiar with this behavior then you know that what the cat is spraying is urine, which is far from pleasant and can easily permeate household furnishings leaving behind a very pungent odor that can be difficult to remove. Cats can also become more aggressive to fellow cats in their household as their desire to mate takes over. Fighting may result and injuries to the other cats as well as the intact male can occur.
Reduces risk of life threatening injuries
An unneutered cat allowed outdoors can get into all kinds of mischief. Driven by their biological urge to mate they will want to roam and can travel up to 2 miles from their home to find a female cat in heat. Intact males will fight with other male cats in their efforts to track down a female. Cats have sharp nails and teeth, which can cause serious injuries to the eyes, ears and other parts of the body. These injuries can also become infected. In addition to infection, cats can come into contact with sick cats that have transmissible and life threatening diseases such as feline leukemia and even rabies. Moreover, in order for the intact male to find a female he will need to travel into potentially high traffic areas. It is not uncommon for cats to get hit by cars and be killed or seriously injured.
Male cats that have been neutered do not get testicular cancer. There is also less chance of the neutered cat getting sick or injured from an intact male because a neutered cat is less likely to roam and fight with other female seeking males.
A note on intact indoor cats
It is important to mention that many people feel that if there cat is an indoor cat then he does not need to be neutered. However, an in-tact indoor male cat, in addition to spraying around the house, could quickly slip through an open door or window and wander far from home and not be able to find his way back. Remember, those biological urges are strong and these cats are highly motivated to get out.
When should I neuter my cat?
With a male cat it is best to have him neutered before he begins spraying, this is usually prior to five months. However, your cat should be at least 8 weeks old before he is neutered.
Where can I neuter my cat?
Your veterinarian should be qualified to perform the operation, which is usually performed fairly quickly once sedation occurs. Better still, there are organizations out there that can help by providing the service at a reduced cost. The ASPCA web site has a directory on their web site of organizations and veterinarians that perform the operation at a lower cost.
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