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If you are a cat parent or intend to be one, you
must acquaint yourself with the specifics of spaying and neutering. You will
need to have your cat spayed/neutered someday. It is ideal to know the basics
before you go in to have the procedure performed on your kitten. First, let's
understand why spaying/neutering is essential for your kitten. Next, we will
discuss what is the ideal age for your kitten to be neutered.
should you spay/neuter your cat?
Spaying or neutering kitten has measurable health
benefits for them. For e.g., if you spay a female cat before her first heat
cycle, you eliminate any risk of her developing mammary cancer. Feline mammary
cancer is a severe cat disease and should not be taken lightly. Similarly, in
male cats, neutering reduces the chances of testicular cancer.
Generally, however, for male cats, the benefits are
more in behavior than in other health respects. Male cats who haven't been
neutered beyond an age tend to display more territorial, aggressive, and
unwanted behavior. Feline AIDS and leukemia can be fatal. Cat bites can spread
these diseases among their kind. Neutering a cat reduces his urge to mate or
fight to mate, both of which can call up a cat bite. As a result, a neutered
cat stays protected against these disease risks.
When you neuter your male cat, you prevent his urge
to wander around out of the house too much. So, there is a lesser chance of
your wandering male cat getting into any road accidents or them going missing.
Female cats can benefit from spaying as this can
help them avoid pregnancy-related health complications.
should you ideally spay/neuter your cat?
If you wish to spay/neuter your cat, there are three
options available to you. Vets often debate about which among these specified
time periods are most beneficial for having cats spayed/neutered. Early
neutering or spaying is carried out at the age of six-eight weeks of age.
Standard spaying/neutering is recommended around 5-6 months of age. You may
also choose to wait until your kitten reached its first heat cycle to have
him/her neutered/spayed at eight-twelve months of age.
Around five months of age is a good time for cats to
be spayed/neutered. They have already reached a healthy-sized, are trained, and
it is safe to use anesthesia and surgical interventions on them.
is also crucial for your cat to heal after being spayed/neutered. These cats
have a tendency to gain weight. Not only will you have to educate yourself on
how to care for your cat after it has had its spaying/neutering procedure, but
you will also have to monitor their diet carefully. You don't want an
overweight and lethargic cat now, do you?