Do you have to neuter a male cat?
Can not nature have its way? He is 8½ months old.
My five-year-old does not like dry food, but likes to eat regular meat and chicken when she is invited. Is there a risk of malnutrition? (drinks a lot of water)
If you are not bothered to have your male unneutered, there is no reason for you to neuter him – unless he is an outdoor cat and you do not want him to start “running away” and look for some females of course!
The risk of it is that the cat is injured or even disappears.
Why you usually neuter your male cat (if you have it as an indoor cat) is because the cat may start to mark its territory inside (not a pleasant smell at all), because it moans for females or because the pee in the box starts to smell “strong”.
Not all males start marking, but to avoid this, castration is the best method.
The procedure is simple and quick. You often get to take your cat home immediately afterwards as long as you have the opportunity to keep track of the next 24 hours.
The cat does not feel bad about the procedure and does not seem to be uncomfortable with it afterwards.
If your 5-year-old cat does not seem to feel bad about her diet, you can probably continue to give her what she likes. Buy vitamin supplements for her (him?).
And you know for sure that she will get what she needs.
In grocery stores there are e.g. VitaBe – my cats eat it like candy!
Have you tried giving her canned food instead of dry food?
Maybe she likes it better?