Since I believe strongly in neutering cats I thought it would be a good idea to include a list of my best reasons for you to skim over just incase you’re on the fence and not convinced that cat neutering is something you want to be putting your cat through.
That’s one of the main reasons for folks to decide that they don’t want to be neutering their cat. Some people feel it to be inhumane on the animal and use the argument
“How would you like to be have your testicles removed if you didn’t agree to it?”
This is something that you have to decide for yourself but the fact is that the whole process is over within less than 20 minutes and your cat will be still be able to live a happy life with you without worrying about any little ones.
Lets face it…
If your lovely cat was to fall pregnant, could you care for it’s entire litter for the rest of their lives.
Chances are you probably couldn’t.
This would end up depressing your cat just as much ( if not more ) if it was to go through a pregnancy and find itself with a litter of young ones and then have them taken away from it.
Yes, male cats are neutered while the females are sprayed so even if you do have a male cat it is just as important (if not more) to have him neutered as he will be able to out on the ran dan every night having his wicked little way there is someone elses cat going to be left to carry the repercussions which will inevitably end up with a litter of cats probably going to an animal shelter to be re-homed.
That’s the main point I want to get across but here’s our
Top 10 Reasons For Neutering Cats
1) Animal Control
This a huge one as when 2 un-neutered cats get together, over a 7 year span they are capable of bringing in hundreds of uncared for animals into the world who will ultimately be left to fend for themselves if animal care centers don’t manage to pick them up and find a new and loving home for them. The rates in which a cat can reproduce is a lot faster than it will take to have just 1 of those kittens adopted. The worst part is that the longer they stay in animal shelters the less likely they are to be placed into a caring family as a lot of people will choose a cute kitten to bring into their home than a 6 year old pet. So there are cats that don’t experience the warmth of a loving family home in their lives.
2) He’s Be More Affectionate With You And Your Family
Neutered cats will be more calm after the procedure is carried out. They may be distant for up to a month in some cases but over the rest of their lives since their hormones won’t be affecting it’s behavior he’ll be a lot calmer around you and others he’s close to.
3) No More Spraying Around Your Home Leaving Nasty Odours Everywhere He Goes
Male cats are real territorial. They like to mark their territory and leave their scent around their home. It’s pleasant for the cat but it’s nowhere near pleasant for you. He’ll not be long in leaving a urine scent around your home. The earlier the cats neutered the more likely it is for this territorial behavior to be stopped. Sometimes in older cats it still happens. It’s more a habit the cat gets into. The earlier you get him neutered the more likely it is that he won’t get into that habit.
4) Keep Your Cat With You For Longer
With female cats that aren’t sprayed they let off a scent when their in season. This will prompt a male cat to latch on to her. This can result in your cat being chased too far away from the home and sometimes not find her way back to you. It’s thought that some feral colonies can be formed this was as the cat gets lost, can’t get back and has to resort to it’s feral nature in order to survive. Not every house cat can adapt to their hunting instincts the same and some can struggle to survive. If you have a female cat it’s better to get her sprayed to avoid the male cat latching on to her when she goes into season.
5) Keep Him From Getting Into Aggressive Fights
Neutered cats ( as mentioned above ) are naturally more calmer as their hormones aren’t causing them frustration. Un-neutered males tend to want out more and can disappear on the prowl for days at a time. During that time they can get into fights with other male cats with the same aggression. The fights that this will result in can be devastating to both cats.
6) A Quieter Environment For Your Home
With female cats that aren’t sprayed they have a tendency to meow and cry a lot more than usual. This will drive the majority of us belchers listening to their loud crying at all hours of the night. Mostly when they are in season their crying will be more than they do normally. When they are sterilized their hormones won’t reak havoc with them and they’ll be more relaxed and won’t bother you with their anxiety and they’ll be a lot healthier in the long run without being distressed.
7) No Lifetime Birth Control Medications Are Required
Believe it or not but there are oral contraceptive pills available for cats as well. They don’t always need to be castrated but a vet will probably only advise this sort of birth control measures to you if your cat is unfortunate to have heart problems. Such as a murmur or something else that could prevent the sterilization being done if the vet feels that the cat may not be healthy enough to withstand the anaesthetic. In such cases the birth control medications can be used to keep the cat out of the heat cycle which will lower the stress the cat feels when in cycle and can’t mate. After all if she isn’t healthy enough to have the neutering done then chances are she would have a difficult pregnancy. Neutering is safe to do and it’s a one-off procedure with nothing needing done afterwards. Your vet will probably carry out some blood work to make sure your cat can have the operation done and in most cases it isn’t a problem but you’d probably agree that having the procedure done once and alleviating the need to feed your cat medication for the rest of his/her life is a better solution to reduce the stress on both you and your cat. Not to mention the side effects that medications can have. There’s minimal side effects associated with neutering cats.
8 ) Eliminates The Risk Of Testicular Or Uterine Tumors
Since the neutering cats procedure makes these regions of cat dormant they the risk of such illnesses developing is removed. There are still others that will still be possible such as urinary tract illnesses but the real serious cancer malignancies associated with these regions will be avoided.
9) Weight Control
Neutered cats often present in themselves as being of an ideal weight. Their digestive system must work a bit better than the un-neutered cats as what we’ve noticed is that there is a structural difference to the cats appearance from those that aren’t sterilized. Mainly around their face. A neutered cat will have it’s kitten like small face for a lot longer than another cat that isn’t neutered. An un-neutered cat tends to develop more of a round face. Giving him the appearance of being overweight which in the long run is going to affect his hunting ability. Cats are predators by nature and love nothing more than a roam over the fields hunting for field mice, chasing birds and even rabbits. When their overweight their ability to run and jump etc. is going to be severely restricted. Why not give him the best advantage to enjoy his natural predatorial instincts?
Last but not least…
10) You’re Contribution To The Worldwide Problem Of The Over-Population Of Animals And Their Welfare.
There’s no need to go into the specifics on this one as we’re all aware of the problems with animal control, the restrictions facing animal shelters in terms of funding to control these issues and the amount of feral cats left to fend for themselves with no homes to love and care for them.
Neutering cats may feel like you’ve giving your cat a hard time but in the long run it’s better all round to have the procedure done so you can continue and even improve the relationship you have with your cat as he’ll be much more relaxed around you and your family.
Further details will be available from your local veterinary clinic.
If you’re still having problems with cat spraying even after you’ve neutered your cat — please start looking for a more permanent way to get these cats to actually stop spraying — which I recommend most of my blog readers to do. I highly suggest you 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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