Sterilization in cats: Everything you need to know

What is sterilization in cats? When can a cat be neutered? Advantages and disadvantages of feline sterilization. Is it dangerous to sterilize a cat?


What is sterilization in cats?

Feline castration is a relatively simple procedure that eliminates the reproductive capacity of cats.

In male cats, sterilization consists of the removal of the testicles, while in the sterilization of female cats, the ovaries and uterus are removed.

Sterilization in cats not only prevents unwanted pregnancies, but also slows the unwanted behavior patterns associated with feline sexual maturity, as well as reducing the risk of certain common diseases in cats.


When should I neuter my cat?

Sexual behavior usually develops during maturity, so neutering him offers the greatest advantage from that perspective. Once learned, these behaviors are much more difficult (but not impossible) to control.

Surgery is much easier and therefore safer when your pet has not fully developed sexually , so we generally recommend surgery while your pet is still maturing.

The exact age at which your pet ‘matures’ will vary depending on the species and breed, so it is important to speak with your veterinarian relatively early to ensure that you do not exceed the ideal window on spay age for cats.

Advantages of sterilization in cats

  • Reduce the number ofabandoned cats due to lack of sterilization.
  • The elimination of sexual impulsesmakes your pet is less inclined to ‘roam’ in search of cats / as in heat.
  • It can reduce or prevent certain forms of aggression.
  • Prevents testicular cancer.
  • Reduces the risk of prostate disease.
  • It can help control hormonal diseases, such as tumors.
  • Neutered animals are often kinderand retain their spirit and intelligence.
  • Elimination of the risk of unwanted pregnancy
  • It can often help to control “dominating” behaviors.


Disadvantages of sterilizing cats

  • Once neutered, your pet cannot “spawn”any future offspring.
  • Probably the biggest disadvantage / concern is that sterilization requires anesthesia and surgery. Although it is a routine procedure there is always a risk with any surgery or anesthesia.

In most cases, the balance between benefit and risk means that the above should not be over-interpreted.


False or misleading disadvantages of feline sterilization

  • Animals do not “get fat” because they have been neutered. Their metabolic needs are slightly reduced, so the amount of food they need is reduced as well.
  • Cats do not lose their character, nor do they become dull, unintelligent, etc.

Despite the fact that any surgery or intervention with anesthesia has its risks, it is always important to sterilize our cat so as not to have unwanted litters, “marking and dominance” behaviors, and above all due to the amount of diseases that it can avoid .




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