Neutering is a popular procedure involving removing the sexual reproductive organs of a cat. Among female cats, it is otherwise regarded as ‘spaying’ and male’ castration.’ The procedure involves cutting their testicles for male cats. For males, the process is much simpler and requires no stitches.
Neutering involves removing their ovaries and uterus for female cats, although only their ovaries are sometimes removed. Typically, this is achieved by a small incision on her left side, and it can be done below in her heart. I know it is difficult to see our cute pets going through this procedure, but cats are actually in need of adoption, and there are not enough homes. 3.4 million cats enter shelters every year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). By neutralizing your cat, you can help to reduce the feline community’s overpopulation. However, spaying and neutering, more importantly, help your cat to live a healthier, longer life.
Neutering or spaying operation is straightforward, and an anesthetic will be given to the cat to make sure that during the process, they do not feel any pain. The vet will give your cat pain relief injections after the surgery to help with any discomfort after the surgery — anti-inflammatory medication and painkillers for later at home. Since the procedure for male cats is much less invasive, they should only need one day of medication. For approximately three days, the female cats will need medication to help them recover as quickly and painlessly as possible.
When is the best time to neuter your cat?
Before they reach sexual maturity, it has been recommended to neuter your kitten and being able to have kittens themselves. This is generally around four to six months of age. When your cat approaches puberty, you will be able to tell; the male cats are likely to spray urine to mark their territory while the female cats call loudly. Many rescue centers and veterinary practices suggest early cat neutering at 12 weeks or even sooner at times. Hold them indoors until they are neutered to prevent your cat from getting or causing unplanned pregnancy.
Reasons why you should neuter your cat
Issues related to welfare: It is not possible to care for unwanted kittens, and they are likely to suffer from various infectious diseases such as cat flu. It’s unlikely they will have enough new homes available.
Unneutered female cats are more likely to suffer from pyometra (womb infection) later in life and with the mammary tumor. Infectious diseases can be passed to their kittens. Pregnancy and birth are not risk-free either.
Cats with kittens may hunt more aggressively and need more wildlife to feed their kittens if they are not fed.
Hormones drive unneutered male cats to search for mates and defend their territory against intruders. In the same household, two or more unneutered male cats can mean trouble. Fighting tends to break out, mainly if a female cat is in nearby is on heat. You will reduce their aggressive instincts by neutering your cats.
Stop the risk of roaming:
A female’s hormones and instincts encourage her to find a mate when she goes into heat. Therefore, if she is your only cat, every time you open the door, she will try to escape to find another. Note that males are also driven by hormones and their instinct of mating, and for the same reason, they will try their best to escape.
Makes your home clean:
To mark their territory, male cats spray their urine on vertical surfaces. While the pungent smell of the urine of an unneutered cat signals other males that there is another nearby who has claimed the place as his turf, it informs females that he is waiting for his chance to mate her. In your home, an unneutered male cat can be a nasty business. Neutering helps to reduce the desire to spray, and if they do, the scent should be much milder.
Often, when a female cat goes into heat, they pass body fluids. These fluids also contain scents to tell males that there is a nearby fertile female. You will solve the same issue by spaying your female cat.
Control cats’ population:
Before she can have her own kittens, it is necessary to neuter a female cat. Depending on the breed, time of year birth, and individual growth, this happens very quickly. The first season usually takes place about six months, but it may be earlier. In a year, cats may have up to three litters.