Neutering and spaying are colloquially known as fixing. These are surgical procedures that entail the removal of an animal’s reproductive organs. In cats, spaying is the procedure generally reserved for female. Male cats get neutered. Neutering is a process that male cats go through. Neutering is a procedure that keeps a male cat from being able to sire kittens. Neutering is a method carried out by a veterinarian to remove the male cat’s sex organ. This is sometimes called castration. Male cats can be neutered before they reach sexual maturity. It is best to get them neutered between 5 to 9 months.
Neutering or castration is done by making a small incision on the cat’s scrotum to remove the testes. Every surgical procedure has accompanied contraindications. Neutering is not advisable if the cat is very young as they at high risk to develop complications. Although their body is fully developed, organs are still small. If your cat is less than 2 pounds in weight the procedure may be cancelled. Underweight cats cannot withstand the hazards of surgery. Body mass allows cats to break down the anesthesia during surgery. If a cat is allergic to anesthesia or has severe allergic reaction, neutering is inadvisable. It is also inadvisable to perform neutering to cats with immune-system diseases. Immune system disorders that are contraindicated for the procedure are feline leukemia virus, feline immunodeficiency virus, parvovirus, and congenital autoimmune diseases.
After the surgery, it is important to give your cat plenty of time to recover. Vets will prescribe pain killers for your cat. Make sure to obey all the cat’s medication instructions. Limit your cat’s physical activity to keep the stitches primed. After surgery your cat may have decreased appetite. Try to give him wet foods for easier digestion. Cats are active animals thus it is possible for the wound to get dirty. A saline solution can be used to clean the wound site that has gotten dirty.
Neutering can change your cat’s behavior. Usually male cats that are not neutered get into fights because they defend their territory. The cat fight may be because he wants to get the attention of a female cat. But neutered cats are less likely to be involved in cat fights and have reduced territorial aggression. Neutered cats are calmer. They will not exhibit behavioral issues associated with the mating period. Neutered cats will be more affectionate towards the owner. Neutering will make a cat less inclined to wander because they lack the drive to mate. The cat would spend more time sleeping. Since neutered cats are less active, they have the tendency to become fat. Make sure you monitor your cat’s weight. Neutering would not only prevent the development of unwanted behaviors. This surgical procedure also has health benefits for the pet. Neutered male cats are less prone to suffer from testicular cancer. Neutering also reduces the risk of an enlarged prostate in cats. Neutering creates a less allergic cat. Because tomcats are not looking for female cats to mate with more time will be spent grooming. Male cats that are not yet neutered will spray on objects to mark their territory and to communicate with female cat. But once they are neutered, the inclination to spray is significantly reduced if not totally eliminated. Neutering your male cats adds three to five years to his lifespan.
Getting your cat neutered is one of the responsibilities of a pet owner. Neutering your male cat will be a valuable community service as the population of unwanted cats is reduced. At the same time, a neutered cat will have better health and will be a more ideal companion as development of unwanted behaviors is prevented.