What are the benefits of spaying a female cat and neutering a male cat? Are there any cons? When should it be done?
Throughout the world, the major problem of the two most domesticated animals- cats and dogs- is that of overpopulation. In the United State, statistics shows that about 8-10 million dogs and cats are brought into shelters annually.
About half of these however are euthanized in shelters for lack of good homes. Ironically, these may actually be the “elite”. Many more cats and dogs die on the street every year, due to lack of food, medical care or human attention.
What is responsible for this? The main culprits are places were these animals come from. Where do they come from? They come from homes where dogs and cats were allowed to breed indiscriminately.
As a cat owner, you have a responsibility to try and reduce the scale of this tragedy. How to go about this? This is simple- spay or neuter your cats and you can spread the word round too!
I am sure that your next logical question will be – What is spaying? And what does the word neuter mean?
Spaying a female cat is an abdominal surgery, which entails the removal of the cat’s uterus and ovaries.
And yes. I can tell you what the word neuter stands for. It involves the process of making small incisions in the scrotum of male cats, and removing the testes. No stitch is made, and the scrotal sacs are usually covered with antibiotics and left to heal.
Both spaying and neutering cats are probably the most common procedures in cat clinics, but be sure they are done under general anesthesia, else you may carry the scratches and marks of your negligence for life. And what are the benefits of these acts, which some animal rights activities dubbed as cruel? The reply is: abundant.
Through studies and countless research, I have discovered various ways in which spaying and neutering are beneficial, and also within this period I can’t think and neither did I see a single disadvantage of this process. But then this is strictly my opinion, other peoples’ opinions might differ.
A fundamental issue you will face is if you are equal to the task of taking care of numerous, and most times, unwanted kittens. Because if your cat has new kittens you are faced with the task of finding new homes for them, thus spaying your female cat will prevent unwanted litters.
The rate of tumors and infections of the ovaries and uterus is more prevalent in non-spayed cats. Why? Nobody knows. But spaying prevents this ovarian and uterus infections.
Spaying female cats will also protect you from the hassles they bring when in heat. Cats in heat can be very vocal and will attract a great many male cats. And if you think you can put up with this, you are way off the mark. If the cat does not mate, she will keep going into heat every few weeks.
The risk of mammary cancer is also greatly reduced in spayed cat. This, in the long run, saves you money on vet and insurance bill.
For male cats, it is safe to say that non-neutered cats cannot be good house pets.
This is because the benefits of neutering a male cat are so significant. Unaltered males spray foul smelling urine around their territory. Neutering a male cat before it reaches sexual maturity, almost always prevents this. The urine of a neutered cat is less smelly.
Neutering prevents roaming. Male cats tend to roam long distances. This can take them away from home, sometimes for days. It is not uncommon for roaming cats to be hit by cars, or be poisoned by non cat loving people.
When you neuter your cat, you are doing him a great service by preventing injuries and diseases. Tomcats tend to get into fights over females and territory; they have ego too. This way, they may get injured and can be easily infected with diseases.
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