Most pet owners are aware that pets should be neutered, but only some know all the reasons why neutering is beneficial, particularly in male cats. There is some confusion with the terms castration, spaying and neutering. Castration is the surgical removal of the testicles, while spaying is the surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries. The term neutering can refer to either sex.
Male cats are castrated for many reasons. Intact male cats tend to fight one another in order to defend their territory and to secure the opportunity to mate with a female in heat. Fighting can lead to scratch and bite wounds which often become infected, leading to abscesses.
1. Helps alleviate overpopulation of cats.
Helps reduce overpopulation of cats. That’s hard to accept, but there aren’t enough homes for the cats that are currently in need of adoption. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 3.4 million cats enter shelters each year. The number of cats born is more than the number of houses. This causes many situations such as many cats with no shelter, wandering on the street and no one to adopt. If this situation continues, it can lead to years later the number of cats will be excessively high.
2. Prevent disease
Spaying female cats before their first heat cycle significantly reduces the risk of cervical cancer and reduces the risk of ovarian cancer. Because removing the ovaries reduces the amount of hormone that stimulates the growth of cancerous tumors, reducing a cat’s risk of breast cancer.
Remember that there are diseases that arise from the natural mating behavior of cats. By reducing the female cat’s natural sexual needs you will also reduce the chance of certain incurable diseases being transmitted from other cats.
3. Reduces the risk of losing pets when they leave looking for a mate
When female cats go into heat, both their hormones and instincts prompt them to find a mate. So they will try to escape every time you open the door or window to follow the “call of love and instinct”. Remember that male cats are also driven by hormones and mating instincts, and they will do their best to escape for the same reason.
Both your male and female cats are at risk of injury when crossing roads and highways in search of a mate. By neutering your cat, they will reduce their hormone secretion as well as roam around in and around you all day.
4. Minimize odors when they come on period
Male cats spray urine to mark their territory. And the pungent smell in their urine serves as a warning to other males that a cat has claimed this territory as his. Spaying a cat reduces or eliminates urine spraying, or if it does, the odor is much milder.
Female cats also shed body fluids when they get their period. These liquids also contain scents that notify nearby male cats that a female cat “girl” is nearby. By neutering your female cat, you will eliminate the same problem as the male cats above.
5. Reduced combat and aggression
Male cats are controlled by hormones during estrus to find mates and defend their territory against invaders. Therefore, two or more male cats that are not given much attention in the same household may compete with each other. Battles can break out. By neutering your cat, you will reduce their aggressive instincts.
With the great benefits that spaying your cat brings. You should have them sterilized when they are old enough. This is not only to avoid the consequences they can have, but more importantly, they can be healthier and live longer than other normal cats.
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