Why should we neuter our cats? Does it affect our cat’s nature? Is it beneficial in any way? What is the best age to neuter a male cat? All these questions are authentic and logical but let’s know about neuter first. Neutering your cat means removing its testes through surgery. It affects our cat’s nature as castration leads to less urine odor making your cat cleaner and less smelly than before.
Usually, cats should be neutered before or around puberty at three months to 6 months, as after a year, the cat searches for its mate. Neutering should be done before your cat fully grows and searches for its mate.
A cat gets sexually mature at around five months, and to avoid unwanted pregnancies, it is highly recommended to neuter your male cat at its fourth month. The most significant benefit of neutering cats is that they no longer reproduce. This is not only beneficial for individual cats, but it is better for the community as well. No reproduction means fewer cats in the animal shelters where they most likely to be killed as their adoption rate is not that high.
What if we neuter our cat too early? Spaying a cat before its puberty can result in urine blockage and even delays closure of the bone growth plates making for a slightly taller cat. The kittens can be neutered as young as eight weeks but not before. Eight weeks is considered because animal shelters prefer to neuter the kitten before its adoption.
Most people are unaware that cats need extra care after being neutered, as they stay confused for some time. You can always follow these steps to take care of your cat after it is sterilized:
- Keep your cat calm
- Don’t take your cat out for a while
- Try to keep your cat isolated from other cats
- Keep monitoring the surgery site as cats can scratch it as it can become itchy.
- Use a recovery collar.
- Keep in touch with the vet till your cat fully recovers
- Babysit your cat during its recovery
After neutering, the nutritional requirement of your cat decreases 30%, with an increase in its appetite around 20-25%. As neutering is done early, while your cat is still growing, it is essential to provide a proper diet with complete nutritional requirements. You can always consult a vet for a better recommendation of your cat’s diet schedule.
The neutering process is very delicate as a slight error can cause the cat to be obese, leading to many long-term health problems like diabetes, joint diseases, and even urinary issues. A helpful hack before you get your cat neutered can be to close your eyes on their calorie intake and engage them in playful activities with you for them to manage their weight.
Neutering is a beneficial procedure for your cat and your home environment as your cat becomes cleaner and less smelly than before. For further assistance, you can always visit your veteran, who will eventually decide whether it is suitable for your cat or not, judging by its nature and time of puberty.
Reasons why you should neuter your male cats:
- Cats are very likely to spread an awful smell in a vast area around them on purpose to make their territory.
- Male cats often fight, which are more likely to spread diseases like FIV and FeLV.
- Unneutered males cats often wander far from home and sometimes don’t even return.
- Population control is one of the primary reasons why you should neuter your male cat.