Feline Neutering Benefits Cat Health and Behavior

 

The benefits of feline neutering include a less aggressive and more human oriented cat. Unless you are planning on building a registered breeding program, all people who adopt cats should make spaying or neutering a top priority. 

 
 

There is no doubt that kittens are among the cutest baby animals around. But being the cutest kitten in the alley doesn’t mean every kitten gets a proper home. 

For cat lovers, there is no greater sadness than to come across a batch of abandon kittens suffering from lack of cat care, nutrition and a number of health problems. You can’t take them all into your home. Your effort to find homes fails. The trip to the shelter leaves you with unforgettable grief because you know the inevitable outcome.

 
 

A cat no one wantsNo one wants a sick or blind kitten.

 

Health Benefits

Preventing the birth of kittens for which there will be no homes is one of the best reasons to have your cat altered.

Feline neutering offers a number of health benefits.

Animals who are altered have either been spayed or neutered. Spay is the layman’s term for an ovario-hystorectomy. This is the removal of a female animal’s uterus and ovaries. She is sterile after this surgery.

Neutering is the layman’s term for castration, which leaves the male sterile.

Spay a female before her first heat and her risk for cancers of the female reproductive system, including her mammary glands, is greatly reduced. It eliminates the chance that she is deals with a life-threatening infection of the uterus called pyometra. The health benefits to the male includes eliminating the testicular cancer. In both cases, they are less aggressive and the tendency to fight, along with the bites and scratches, is history.

 
 

Feline neutering prevents annoying behavior that is associated with the urge to reproduce. Intact males and females mark their territory – inside and outside the house – with smelly urine. As mentioned earlier, the male loses his desire to mate which leaves him with less desire to fight with other tomcats.

A female can go into heat every other week for 7 to 10 days at a time. During that time, she’s spraying, yowling and attracting her brawling suitors. Inevitably she will have kittens. Their well-being and future is your responsibility.

Neutered males and females are less likely to spray urine inside and outside of the house.  The source of the hormones that drive this urge to spray are eliminated through the spay or neutering surgery.   

Behavior Benefits

 

Altered cats have less urge to roam looking for a mate. Your cat is much more exposed to fights and injuries, as well as infectious diseases, when she is roaming about outdoors.  These do nothing to improve his chances for a long life.  The extra medical treatment does nothing to improve your finances.  

 
 

Cats should be in a feline neutering program before they are 6 months old.  Increasingly, veterinarians and shelters perform this surgery on kittens between 8 and 14 weeks. However if you missed those milestones, don’t drop the ball completely (pun intended). Better late than never.

Take your cat to the veterinarian who will put your cat under anesthesia. She will make two small incisions in the scrotum and remove both testes, as well as part of the two vasa deferentia, the tubes that carry the sperm. No stitches required and your boy comes home the same day.

Females require a longer-acting anesthetic, since her surgery is a bit more complicated. Come on! It should be no surprise that females are more complicated in this aspect.

For your queen, your vet makes a small incision in the abdomen and removes the ovaries, the uterus and the two oviducts. these are the tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. Many females are sent home the same day.

You need only to monitor her activity levels so she doesn’t pop her stitches. You or your vet can remove the stitches after about 10 days. 

Do It Early
 

Fat Cats?

 
 

Sometimes feline neutering leaves the cat with a propensity to gain weight. After all, one of his major behavioral benefits is that he doesn’t want to find a girlfriend, so he’s not wandering all over the nation.

Spaying is associated with a decrease in her metabolic rate.  On the average, neutered cats require about one fourth to one third fewer calories. 

Some studies showed that altered cats tended to pig-out at the plate more so than unaltered cats.  It may be that the spaying process actually disrupts the mechanisms that inform the cat she's had enough to eat. 

There's other aspects, like the nutritional content of your cat food, your cat's psychological propensity to be the first at the plate, how much you play active games with your cat and how much you feed your cat. 

On the average, reduce the quantity of food you make available to your neutered or spayed cat by 30 percent.  More activity helps too.  You’ll just need to be a little more creative at playtime finding ways to encourage  both you and Sassy to move your fat little bottoms.

 
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