Just when is the ideal age for neutering cats?
That’s a question that pops up quite often. The short answer is around 6 months old. The sooner the better as if it is carried out before the 6 month age then the cat is more likely to not develop a sort of tubby appearance.
When the cat is neutered around the 6 month mark, then their bodies will be able to quickly adjust the way they absorb their food.
Just like us when we eat, and then find we are cutting back and we want to go on all sorts of fad diets to lose the pounds the actual cause of our weight gain is normally through a couple of things. It can be a lack of exercise or not burning the calories we put into our bodies.
Neutering cats will play a bit with their metabolic systems. If the cat is older when it has this done it’s body will have developed a routine of how it burns off the food it eats. It can have an active lifestyle and going about hunting and the like and then when the cat is neutered things can change and he won’t be as active.
This is mainly because of the hormone change (more calmer) since having the routine carried out. The cat won’t feel as energetic. When they stop doing as much activities as their used to they will start to pile on a bit. Mainly around the facial area.
You can normally tell if an older cat hasn’t been neutered with the appearance of their face. Usuallly if they have quite a round and tubby appearance they haven’t been done.
When the cat’s neutered around 6 months before their hormones start changing it maintains their appearance. They tend not to develop the chubby features and look much younger for the rest of their lives.
Female cats: this one’s quite important as the neutering cats age for a female cat should really be done as early on as possible before they reach 8 months old.
Once the cat starts to mature around this age it is possible for an 8 month old cat to carry a litter. As you can imagine it’s going to be take a huge toll on the cats health so you don’t want to jeopardize that. If you have a female cat you have her sprayed before she reaches the 8 months old.
If you’re having problems with a cat that’s spraying and you’re looking for a more permanent way to get these cats to actually stop — apart from neutering it, which I recommend most of my blog readers to do — give Cat Spray Stop a try. Created by Susan Westinghouse, a vet and cat specialist, Cat Spray Stop is an all-encompassing guide designed to help you stop cat spraying in your home in as little as 30 days using a unique method called the TTS method.
I have tried Cat Spray Stop with great results, and have also published a review of it over here. Good luck!
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