To neuter or not to neuter? That is the question for today cat lovers. One of the decisions that we go through as a cat owner is whether to have our kitties neutered. A lot of us may have second thoughts about this especially since it would mean our precious pet would need to go through a surgery. But worry not; you came to the right place to help you make a decision on whether or not to neuter your kitty.
We all have our reasons in considering neutering our feline friends. We may find too many kitties too much to handle, or perhaps there are a lot of stray tom cats around your neighborhood. Though different reasons, what these point towards are whether it is safe for our best friends? Or what are the effects of this on my cat?
Pawsitive Effects of Neutering
See what I did there? You read that right! Let us first look into the “pawsitive” effects of neutering your kitty. Below are the significant positive changes that a feline goes through after neutering:
- A home kitty. After neutering kitties, especially with the male kitties, they are less inclined to roam around the neighborhood in search of females “on heat” as their sexual urges are also removed from the equation.
- A calm kitty. Once they have been neutered, our feline companions tend to be more affectionate and less aggressive compared to when not neutered.
- A cancer-free kitty. That’s right; there are also certain kinds of cancer that threatens our beloved pets. But with neutering, it reduces the risk of your kitty having certain kinds of cancer especially in the reproductive system.
- A healthy kitty. Neutering reduces and controls the risk of your companion getting certain diseases especially the ones related to the reproductive organs such as prostatic disease and hormonal diseases.
- A chaste kitty. We all know that with neutering, our kitty would no longer be able to create a litter. This also removes the risk of your kitty looking for a mate.
- A submissive kitty. This often helps control dominating behaviors of kitties as they are less aggressive towards other cats or animals in general.
- “Pawpulation” control. Less kitties equals less parenting.
The Opawsing effects
I did it again! The “opawsing” or negative effects of neutering our cats are as follows:
- The last of its kind. Neutering means that our beloved kitty can no longer bare an offspring, thus, no kitten to further bring their genes or breed further.
- Surgery. Who isn’t scared of having a vet do an operation on our beloved pet? Though it is a routine procedure, it cannot be denied that with any kind of surgery, it comes with risks.
- Lowered metabolism. It’s a misunderstanding that people consider neutering to be the reason for their feline pet to become obese. Definitely not. With certain organs and hormones being removed from their system, our kitties would have lower metabolism. It’s up to the parent (us, cat owners), to properly manage our kitties diet.
- Money. Neutering is a surgery, and just like any surgery, it can be costly, however, there are low –costs spay or neuter programs and clinics depending on your region or country.
- A kitten forever. With the necessary hormones essential for maturity being taken out of the equation, our kitties tend to retain immature and kitten like behavior. But with the right kind of supervision and parenting, any kitty can be our best friend.
When to Neuter?
Now that we’ve discussed the “pawsible” effects of neutering, we should also know when to have our kitties neutered. There are three options available for this topic. Early or pediatric spay/neuter is done at six to eight weeks of age. Standard spay and neuter at five to six months. Finally, waiting until after the first heat which is somewhere between eight to twelve months of age.
These are the important considerations that every cat owner/lover needs to think about when talking about neutering. There are many “pawsibilities” for us out there, however, there are a lot of kitties outside, looking for a home. Why breed some more? How about we start adopting those who are in need of a good home than contributing to the “pawpulation”? If you neuter your cat now, not only will this benefit you, it will also increase the chances of every kitty having a safe and good home.