Neutering (for males) or spaying (for females) is a responsible way to prevent the birth of unwanted litters. It may also improve your kitten’s disposition and prevent many undesirable behaviors such as urinating, or “spraying,” around the house. Spaying and neutering are so widely recommended, many shelters and humane societies require this procedure before the cat can be adopted so that more unwanted kittens don’t come into the world.
Spaying is the surgical removal of the female cat’s uterus and ovaries. After spaying, she will not experience heat cycles or become pregnant. Most veterinarians feel that five to six months of age is the ideal time for spaying, before you cat has her first heat. When a cat is in heat, she becomes restless, nervous and tense. She may roll on the floor frequently and appear more demanding. Her voice may also become more piercing and she may attempt to get outdoors to find a mate.
Since your cat has been spayed, her disposition should only change for the better. She’ll probably be more relaxed, playful and affectionate and may become less nervous and noisy. Spaying a female cat also helps reduce the risk of uterine infections, tumors of the reproduction system, false pregnancies and conditions related to hormonal imbalances.
Neutering is the surgical removal of the male cat’s testicles through two small incisions in the scrotum. If not neutered, your male ca may exhibit an uncontrollable urge to roam by the time he turns one year old. As he grows older, he may develop the habit of spraying walls and furniture with streams of urine as a way to claiming territory. Once sprayed, furniture may be impossible to deodorize.
Ideally, a male kitten should be neutered between 6 – 8 months, before he acquires the “spraying” habit. However, neutering an older cat is still definitely worthwhile, since it should weaken, if not eliminate, those unpleasant tomcat traits.
Did you know?
Over 25,000 cats and kittens are killed in metro shelters alone because they were born!
Altering does not make your pet fat or lazy. It does NOT spoil the animals personality. Fixed cats still kill mice and Spayed females are still loving.
Altered cats are more relaxed pets because they are not driven to mate and less inclined to defend territory. They are less apt to fight with other animals.