7 surprising things you might not know about cat neutering.
Cats are effective breeders and without neutering them, the UK’s cat population could quickly get out of control. There are already thousands of unwanted cats out there. Getting your cat neutered not only ensures that you’re not contributing to the problem, it is also good for them and you!
Here are some things you might not know about getting your cat neutered:
- Your cat doesn’t need ‘just one litter’ before being spayed. Cats Protection recommends that you neuter your cat at four months of age or younger.
- By getting your male cat neutered, it makes him less likely to roam. There’s less chance he’ll be hit by a car or even get lost!
- Unneutered male cats can become particularly stressed if they’re unable to find a mate – occasionally resulting in erratic or bad behaviour.
- Female cats that have been neutered are unable to develop cancer of the ovaries or uterus, and are at a greatly reduced risk of developing mammary cancer.
- Your cat will require much less food after neutering, as his or her body has less work to do. You’ll need to monitor your cat’s weight and reduce the amount of food provided to prevent your cat from becoming overweight.
- Neutered cats do not ‘miss’ their organs or opportunities to reproduce or rear a litter.
- A cat can easily have up to three litters a year, with five or six kittens in each. That adds up to 18 kittens a year! This level of breeding is draining and can be harmful for the mother cat.
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