Cat Neutering


Cat Neutering



Pet owners believe that neutering the cat is cruel. However, in reality, not only does neutering prevent the cat from reproducing, it also helps keep the cat healthy. According to a survey report from 1995, almost 80% dogs and cats in USA are neutered.



What is neutering?


This is a routine surgery for removing the sexual organs of a cat or a dog. Once this surgery is performed, the cat is unable to reproduce. Additionally, the procedure stops the development of sexual hormones which cause sexual behaviour in a cat. This is probably one of the most important decisions you have to take if you are a pet owner.



How is the surgery performed?


Neutering is a simple procedure. It is performed by a veterinary professional. The cat must not be fed the night before surgery as anaesthesia is given on an empty stomach. For male cats the procedure is called castration and for the female cats, the surgery is called spaying. Castration involves the removal of testicles. Removing these organs stops production of sperms and testosterone. Two small incisions are done on the scrotum skin and the testicles are removed. Spaying involves the removal of ovaries and uterus. A small area under the stomach is shaved with a little incision. The ovaries as well as the uterus are removed and this surgery is equivalent to a hysterectomy.



What is the right time to neuter a cat?


Vets recommend that the cat may undergo this procedure when it is almost six months old. This is the period before it reaches sexual maturity. It may vary, however, from cats to cats. A common case in America is to get the cats neutered when they are very young, nearly eight weeks old. The male cats can resume their normal life on the very day after surgery. The female cats need about two to three days to become healthy.



What are the advantages of neutering?


A lot of cat owners are not aware of the advantages of neutering. Here are some quick key reasons:


  • When male cats achieve puberty, there are some undesirable changes. Usually this takes place when they are six to eight months old. Some of these transformations include marking their territory by urinating around your house or expanding territory by spraying outside the house. This is unhygienic, unsanitary and foul smelling and the cat can get involved in accidents. The stains cannot be removed easily. All of these can be avoided by castration.



  • Female cats undergo heat cycles several times every year. They experience behavioural changes such as howling, kneading and restlessness. Spaying will remove these heat cycles. Spaying also removes the risk of mammary cancer and reduces completely the risk of pyometra, a serious uterine infection.



  • You can get rid of unwanted kittens by neutering.



  • Female cats become more loving and attentive after spaying. In general, the cats become calmer after neutering. They get attached to their owners and also become more social. Studies have shown that the castrated male cats tend to live longer than the non-neutered cats.



Are there any disadvantages to neutering?



  • Do not neuter your cat if you want to have kittens.



  • Some cats may become lethargic and gain weight after the surgery as they will not use their energy for finding mates.



The decision to neuter your cat is your own. Based on the discussions above, you can either opt in or opt out of neutering.