- Jan 13, 2009
Reasons for spaying/neutering
- Greatly reduces behavioral problems like spraying in both male and female cats.
- Cats that are altered live longer lives according to statistics.
- Neutered male cats live 40% longer lives than those not neutered.
- Female cats if not spayed and not bred can develop Pyometra which is an infection of the uterus and can be fatal.
- Female cats that are spayed can't get uterine cancers and the risk of mammary cancer is reduced by 25%.
- Spayed female cats are less likely to get urinary tract infections.
- Male cats can't get testicular cancer if neutered and helps reduce prostate issues.
- Male cats that are not neutered develop the strong desire to get out of homes when they know a female cat in the neighborhood is in heat. There is also a strong likelihood of the male cat howling, being aggressive toward owners and other pets in the home and the potential of them slipping out of the house increases.
- Altering your cat reduces the risk of an "accidental" pregnancy.
- Always be sure the vet does not use Ketamine, this particular anesthesia can be fatal to a sphynx cat that has hidden heart issues.
- Some breeders will spay/neuter at a very young age before the kitten goes to their new home. If not altered, then a good rule of thumb is 6 months or 5 lbs whichever comes first.
- If you are thinking of microchipping your cat, doing it during their spay/neutering is a perfect time while they are already under anesthesia.