The neuter procedure involves castration of the male cat – common and simple procedure to remove the testicles, leaving the cat sterile and unable to reproduce.
Here are the top 5 reasons you should have your pet neutered:
- Help reduce the overpopulation of cats. It’s hard to accept, but there aren’t enough homes for the cats currently in need of adoption. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 3.4 million cats enter shelters every year. There are far more cats born than there are homes.
- Reduce unwanted behaviors such as inter-cat aggression between house mates.
- Reduce roaming in male cats. An intact male will do just about anything to find a mate, including escaping from the house. Roaming can risk your cat from getting into fights with other animals, being hit by a car, lost or stolen, or injured by extreme weather.
- Reduce the risk of testicular and prostate cancer.
- Reduce the urge for your male cat to spray urine to mark territory.
Cats are typically neutered around 5-6 months of age, though some shelters will do it much earlier as an effort to help control overpopulation.
Common myths surrounding cat neuters:
- It’s too expensive – the old saying, “You get what you pay for” applies. There are a lot of low cost spay or neuter clinics and if it’s detrimental to helping control overpopulation, but low cost clinics compared to general practice is like comparing apples to oranges. You’re paying for a complete head-to-toe examination by your veterinarian, including thorough review of medical history, a dedicated nurse, anesthetic drugs tailored to your pets needs, state of the art monitoring equipment, pain medication, and after care. It should also be noted that a quick and simple neuter procedure costs far less than the associated risks of having an intact male (as stated above).
- It will change my cat’s personality or make him less manly – Your dog or cat will not go through an identity crisis once he’s neutered. Neutering will not change a pet’s basic personality, nor will he suffer any kind of emotional reaction from the procedure. Your pet will also maintain its instincts to protect its home and family. Personality is formed more by genetics and environment than hormones.
- It will make him fat – neutering your pet may cause their metabolism to slow down a bit, but switching them to an adult food at the proper time, feeding exclusively canned, portion control, and regular exercise will prevent overweight cats and obesity.