What is neutering?
Neutering is a general term used to describe the surgery performed by the vet, to prevent the animal from being able to breed.
In males, the surgery is known as castration. This involves the removal of the cat's testicles.
In females, the surgery is known as spaying. This involves the removal of the cat's ovaries and womb.
What is the importance of neutering?
Neutering your cat has health benefits and is important for population control.
Neutered cats tend to wander less and are less likely to get into fights.This helps limit the spread of nasty infections and life threatening viruses between cats. Neutering significantly reduces the incidence of mammary cancers in females. In neutered male cats, there is a significant reduction in the incidence of spraying/marking their territory with very strong smelling urine.
Cats usually recover from the neutering operation remarkably quickly. They may be a little drowsy for a few hours, but by the next day they are usually very lively again. It is sensible to try to keep your kitten fairly quiet for a day or two to allow the internal wounds some time to heal. However, if your kitten seems unusually quiet or dull you should contact your vet. Also, if your kitten starts to lick or scratch excessively at the skin sutures, contact your vet to get a dressing or special collar to prevent any damage being done to the wound.
It is important to remember that once a cat has been neutered, there is a stronger tendency for it to become overweight. You may therefore need to adjust the amount of food you provide should your cat start to put on too much weight.
What age should I neuter my cat?
Traditionally male and female cats have often been neutered at six months of age, but this is after many cats reach sexual maturity and not based on any scientific rationale. For social, health and population control reasons, it is now recommended neutering should routinely take place at around 4 months of age.
These are guidelines only. It is best to contact your vet to discuss the ideal timing to neuter your cat.
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