In this OneHowTo article, we are going to discover the benefits of neutering a cat so you can assess if you want to operate on your best friend.
Health benefits of spaying a cat
Neutering a cat has several advantages both for the animal and for the person who lives with it and, in the first place, it prevents cats from becoming pregnant without this being sought and, therefore, the risk of increasing the population of stray cats is reduced.
But, in addition to this obvious, there are other advantages that are worth knowing about because they help the animal have a healthier life.
Advantages for cats
When we sterilize a cat we reduce the risk of suffering diseases related to your reproductive system: cancer, polycystic ovaries, metritis, or pyometra. The possibility of the kitten suffering from breast cancer or psychological pregnancies is also minimized.
Advantages for cats
In the case of males, by sterilizing them we reduce the risk of them suffering from conditions related to their reproductive system, especially in the area of the testicles. In this case, we prevent them from suffering from cancer, prostatitis, perianal hernias, adenomas or prostatic hyperplasia.
Benefits in your behavior
In addition to improving some aspects of your health, another benefit of sterilizing a cat is that change their behavior and the animal tends to be more tame and calm, which is why there is specific food for neutered cats that you should give your animal if you finally decide to operate on it. In this article, we tell you how to feed a neutered cat so that you take into account the new nutritional needs of your friend.
With sterilization sand reduces the production of sex hormones such as testosterone, pogesterone, or estrogen; This does not mean that they stop producing them, but rather that their production is reduced and, therefore, the behavior of the animal will be modified immediately.
In the case of males, they often tend to urinate outside the box to mark territory and show that this is their place, a behavior that, in part, is induced by sexual hormones; when castrated, this usually ceases to occur yeThe animal will relieve itself in the space you have enabled for this. In this sense, their aggressiveness or territorial behavior will also be reduced.
In the case of female cats, when we sterilize them we can see how they relax, they have no interest in males and, in addition, they are usually more affectionate with people. In addition, the periods of heat will be reduced, therefore, they will stop having a bad time (there are cats that are in heat every 2 weeks and lose a lot of weight by not eating and being in a tremendous state of stress).
When to sterilize a cat?
If you you have decided to sterilize your cat, before you should know that it is recommended to do it at a certain time. At OneHowTo we recommend that you consult a trusted veterinarian to find out the best time to do this operation, as there is a lot of controversy regarding the subject and there is no one better than him to advise you and give you his recommendation.
But it is generally recommended that females be spayed when they are past their first heat. Before, it used to be done after 8 months, but this measurement of time may not be accurate because at this time the cat can become pregnant since the first heat usually occurs at approximately 6 months.
So there are some experts who believe that we should wait for the cat’s first heat to perform the operation and, in the case of males, to be carried out between 8 and 16 weeks of life to avoid aggressive or territorial behavior. In fact, it is recommended that it be carried out as soon as any of these behaviors are detected.
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