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Why it is important to have your cat spayed or neutered?

A healthy cat is always a happy cat! This is why you need to always pay attention to your pets’ needs especially because their voice can’t be heard. Neutering offers benefits to both you and your beloved companion. The benefit of neutering a cat? Fewer unwanted litters and fewer parental worries for you.

What Neutering means?

Neutering (or spaying) is the process by which your cat’s veterinarian renders her sterile. When male cats are sterilized, the process is called neutering. When females receive the same treatment, it’s called spaying (nonetheless, you can refer to either procedure as neutering). Although for some this procedure may sound rough, it is best to do that for your cat, especially if she is mostly an indoor cat and if you already know that there won’t be enough room for all her kittens.

The benefits of neutering or spaying

  1. The first and most important benefit is that you can help your cat prevent diseases from an early stage. Spaying your female cat before her first estrous cycle (going into “heat” or being able to breed) greatly reduces her risk of cervical cancer and eliminates her risk for ovarian cancer. Because removing the ovaries reduces the levels of hormones that encourage the growth of cancerous tumors, spaying reduces your cat’s risk of mammary cancer as well. Keep in mind there are other diseases resulting from natural cat behavior when they mate. Feline leukemia and feline AIDS are two diseases spread through the bites of infected cats to other cats ( these diseases are different from human AIDS and leukemia, and cannot be transmitted from cats to people).
  2. The following reason is that neutering will reduce your cat’s urge to fight over mates and territory. Unneutered male cats are driven by hormones to seek mates and defend their territory against intruders. So, two or more unneutered male cats in the same household can spell trouble. Fights tend to break out, especially if there’s a female cat in heat nearby. By neutering your cats, you’ll reduce their aggressive instincts.
  3. Reduce the risk of roaming. When female cats go into heat, both her hormones and instincts are urging her to find a mate. And if she’s your only cat, she’ll try to escape every time you open the door so that she can find one. Remember that males are also driven by hormones, so they will adopt the same behavior. Both males and females are at risk outdoors of being injured as they cross roads and highways to mate. By neutering your cat, you’ll reduce this wanderlust and find they’re happy to stay put in the safe, comfy spot next to you on the couch.
  4. You will have a cleaner home once the neutering is done. Male cats spray their urine on vertical surfaces to mark their territory. An unneutered male cat in your house can be a messy business. Neutering a cat reduces or eliminates the urge to spray, and if they do, the scent should be much more mild. The same is valid for females as well, they also pass bodily fluids when they go into heat. These fluids also contain scents to alert males that a fertile female is nearby. By spaying your female cat, you’ll eliminate the same problem.

Recommendation: Always check with the vet to know when it is the right time to neuter your cat. He will recommend the optimal age at which she should be neutered. In general, most vets prefer to neuter a cat around the age of sexual maturity. This is a safe procedure, done in a vet’s office, under anesthesia and he will offer you guidelines for both pre- and post- operative proper care. Expect to withhold food and water from your cat the night before surgery and to bring your cat to the veterinary office by a particular time.

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