Did you know that a female cat and a male cat can generate up to 200 new cats in just two years? The risk is that many of these kittens will not find an owner. In this article, we will guide you through the importance and benefits of castration.
Reasons to neuter your cat
Kittens can reach sexual maturity as early as four months of age, and can henceforth have their own kittens. An unneutered female cat runs at regular intervals, usually about three weeks apart. During the race, the female cat exhibits a special behavior where she moans loudly and often with a different voice (this is often misinterpreted as pain), strengthens against furniture or people and urinates more often. During this period, the urine contains hormones and pheromones (fragrances), which attract male cats.
Unneutered male cats wander in a large area that they with a strong scent mark as their territory. If they find a running female cat, they will probably mark the area she lives in through their urine and try to mate with her. Fights with injuries as a result between male cats staying in the same areas are common and there is also a risk of the disease spreading between the cats. Furthermore, the fact increases that unneutered outdoor cats migrate over large areas with the risk that they will not return home.
The benefits of neutering your cat
By neutering your cat, you will not only make sure that the above problems are prevented. You will also help reduce the number of unwanted cats and be able to give your cat a longer, calmer and healthier life. In addition, neutered female cats benefit from a reduced risk of udder tumors and uterine infections. Neutered male cats are likely to get into fewer fights and be more likely to stay close to home.
Neuter your kitten as soon as possible
A good rule of thumb is to always neuter your cat before leaving it alone for the first time. The recommended age for neutering your cat is when it is about four to six months old. Castration is a routine operation with a low risk of complications and your cat will probably be able to go home a few hours after the operation. In the first hours after the operation, it is important that you make sure that your cat stays warm and has time to recover.
It is important to change the food to neutered cats
It is also good to know that a neutered cat loses its sex hormones, which causes a decrease in metabolism.
With that said, there is a risk that a neutered cat will gain weight.
We recommend that you change the feed to one with a lower energy content, for example a feed for neutered cats, after you have neutered your cat.
This reduces the risk of the cat gaining weight. It is much easier to prevent a weight gain than to try to lose weight a cat. This is especially true for indoor cats!
By neutering your cat, you are doing something good for both your cat and others urinating. Contact us and we will tell you more. You can also read more about the procedure here.