Neutering cats is an effective way to fight overpopulation. And it can even be beneficial for your tom cat.
Many vets advise to spay and neuter cats. In other words: to make a cat sterile to prevent further litters. Queens are spayed, males are neutered or castrated.
Let a simple figure tell the story.
In the US alone over 10 million dogs and cats are being put to death each year in animal shelters. REASON: there are no homes for them.
So, your queen may be pregnant, or your tom cat may have found a nice girl friend, but basically there is no demand for more pregnant cats. There are enough kittens born, thanks to professional breeders and unplanned meetings of queens and tom.
But overpopulation is not the only good reason why you could consider having your cat castrated.
NEUTERED CATS LIVE LONGER THAN ENTIRE ONES.
They like to stay indoors more. That makes them less susceptible to contagious diseases. The chance of becoming involved in cat fights or car accidents is also considerably smaller.
Don’t think your cat will turn into a fat and lazy pet. Contrary to popular belief, laziness and excess weight are caused by overfeeding and lack of exercise, not by neutering. If you think your cat eats too much, check by using the cat food calculator.
ONE THING IS TRUE: once neutered, tom cats get calmer and more affectionate.
One more benefit?
Here’s a big one.
CASTRATED TOMS STOP TERRITORIAL SPRAYING.
Days of urine smells may be over. As long as you don’t forget to clean your cat’s litter box.
Some critics say neutering cats is against nature. But castration does not create different animals. Your cat’s personality will not change. He will still be a hunter and a player. He will enjoy life just like he did before, only without being focused on reproduction.
Male cats may be castrated after they reach the age of four months. Some vets prefer them a little older. But even a sexual mature cat can be neutered.
IT IS NOT DANGEROUS TO HAVE YOUR CAT CASTRATED.
Neutering cats is a routine operation. It’s one of the most performed operations. Vets use general anesthesia for neutering cats, but the dose is not heavy. The actual castration takes only a few minutes. In most cases you can take your cat home the same day.
Within a few days your tom cat will be the same as before. Well, almost the same …