The neutering of your male cat is the surgical removal of the testicles. Neutering your cat will help prevent many annoying behavioral problems and reduce his risk of many medical problems as well. The following is a brief list of the likely benefits of neutering your cat:
- Eliminates the strong urine odor due to male hormones.
- Decreases spraying. Spraying is a marking behavior associated with social conflict and the competitive or sexual behavior. Environmental stimuli such as the presence of other cats often initiate the problem. Once the spraying behavior starts, it can become a habit; therefore, neutered males can still spray.
- Diminishes the desire to fight. Neutered cats get along much better with other pets in the household.
- Diminishes the wandering after females in heat. The urge to mate leads to your cat running loose and fighting with other males, getting injured, killed by automobiles, or getting lost. If confined, he may become hyperactive, aggressive, or vicious. Neutered cats are free of this urge to search for females and the unwanted behaviors associated with this urge.
- Prevents testicular cancer.
- Prevents the fathering of unwanted kittens that are often hard to place in good homes.
- Neutered cats live much longer than unneutered cats.
Neutering will not change your cat’s personality, except to make him a calmer, more devoted pet. The surgery will not cause him to become fat and lazy. Any older, less active cat may experience weight gain, which can be controlled by proper diet.
Unless you are convinced that you will want to show or breed your cat, we recommend that you have your cat neutered. Male cats can be neutered as early as 4 months of age. It is a good idea to see one of our veterinarians for a free presurgical examination prior to your cat’s surgery date. This gives us a chance to examine your cat and talk to you about the surgery and optional recommended procedures, such as preanesthetic bloodwork and ECG. Feel free to call us if you have any questions regarding this important procedure.