Cat Neutering – Pros and Cons


All owners of cats face the same question to which they answer differently. This question is whether to neuter your pet or not? In order to make a decision you need to understand which negative and positive results this process may cause. Moreover, you should also learn what this process means. Of course it will not be you who stands with scalpel in your hand, but nevertheless you should be aware of the experience your beloved pet is going through.

Neutering or desexing is the operation performed by a veterinarian to remove the reproductive organ of an animal. Either the whole organ or its considerable part can be removed. It sounds awful; however, the operation is quite easy and performs no difficulty at all. Besides, it will not take your cat long to recover from neutering – about a day after the operation for cats and a day or to longer for females. The whole process may seem unnatural, as the reproductive function is an essential part of life of all living beings. But the advantages of neutering make people use this method again and again.

With the removal of testicles the source of male hormone testosterone disappears as well. That’s why the behavior of desexed pets changes considerably – they become less aggressive, more attentive and loving as their feelings are not directed to finding a partner. Besides, when the cat is 6 to 8 months old it develops a habit to mark areas by spraying urine. Te smell is highly unpleasant and extremely long-lasting. The desexed cat is saved from the necessity to perform this ritual. Another advantage is that desexed cats live longer than those which are not neutered, as their life is much calmer. Prostatic diseases which are quite common among non-desexed animals do not threaten the neutered cats. One more important consequence is that you will not face the problem of unwanted pregnancy of your cat and the necessity of finding the new owners for the kittens. All in all, if you decide to desex your cat you will receive a content, loving and affectionate pet and an excellent friend for your family. Cats are said to be very independent animals, but the desexed ones give all their love to their owners.

However, some factors speak against the neutering and you should be aware of them before making up your mind. First, this process may lead to obesity. The animals often try to replace the lack of sex hormone with food. So, you should pay thorough attention to your cat’s diet. The muscles of a desexed cat are softer and less developed. However, by constant playing with it you can solve this problem.

It is also important to choose the right time for neutering. The best time, according to veterinarians is when your pet is about six months old, as in this period it does not reach the sexual maturity yet.

As for me, I understand that there are more advantages of neutering than disadvantages. Nevertheless, I consider this act to be unnatural, but, as I have already said, everybody make their own decision.

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