The importance of having your cat neutered
With cats being natural explorers, they will inevitably meet other local cats whilst out and about. And with cats being such effective breeders, most responsible cat owners know the importance of neutering. But beyond having to deal with an unexpected litter of kittens, there are actually several more benefits to having your cat neutered.
In males, there are several behavioural benefits to neutering. As your cat will no longer be actively looking for a mate, they will have less tendency to roam. This reduces the risk of them being involved in a road accident, getting into unnecessary fights, or even being lost altogether!
It is also not unusual for unneutered male cats to become stressed when they are unable to find a mate. Not only can this be distressing for your cat, but it can often lead to unwanted or erratic behaviour. Neutered males are also less likely to spray urine in your house and garden, a definite benefit for many owners!
Reduced risk of disease
It may be obvious that a neutered cat is much less likely to contract sexually transmitted diseases, but with female cats there are also more added health benefits.
Not only is neutering an effective way to prevent cancer of the ovaries or uterus, but the risk of developing mammary cancer is also greatly reduced.
With neutered females, you will also not need to deal with the behaviours that go along with her being in heat. This includes the loud meowing and wailing which is common when a female is in heat.
It is also worth noting that as your cat’s body will have less work to do after neutering, they may also require much less food. After neutering it important to monitor your cats weight to make sure they are not being overfed, which can be detrimental to your cat’s health.
If you are unsure about what is best for your cat, or you are worried about the behaviour they are displaying before or after neutering, then don’t hesitate to get in touch.
As a qualified veterinary nurse and associate member of the Canine Feline Behaviour Association (CFBA) , I can help you make the right choices to keep your cat happy and healthy!