Yesterday I spoke about the benefits of getting a dog fixed, so now it’s time to go over the importance and the benefits of getting your cat fixed.
Listen – there are tens of thousands of cats all over the world who are in desperate need of a home.
Yes, kittens are very cute and you can make some money breeding them, but breeding your cat for your own selfish needs is adding to the problem.
You can’t help solve a problem if you are adding to said problem.
With that out of the way, let’s go over the benefits of getting a cat fixed.
What Does “Getting Fixed” Mean?
When a cat is fixed, they are unable to father or mother litters of kittens. The term for this process is more commonly known as being neutered.
The cat becomes sterile – in short.
Even if you have a strictly indoor cat, the risk of getting pregnant or fathering a litter is still there. Your cat could get outside one day and roam around trying to find a mate – you never know what will happen.
The Benefits of Getting Your Cat Fixed
Now that we’ve got the nastiness and defined what it is out of the way, let’s go over the benefits.
Reduces the Possibility of Roaming
Both male and female cats have hormones linked to the need to breed, so both genders will try and find a mate.
Neutering reduces, if not eliminates entirely, the need to find a mate, so they stay indoors and out of potential harm’s way.
Prevents Numerous Diseases
Spaying a female kitty before they can go through their first heat cycle is one of the best ways to ensure they have a low risk of developing cervical, mammary, and ovarian cancers.
Feline leukemia and feline AIDS are widely spread through mating between cats due to scratching and biting, which are also prevented by spaying and neutering, as well.
Eliminate Scents and Spraying
Female kitties pass a certain bodily fluid during their heat cycle that attracts male cats. The scent alerts male cats that there is a female cat in heat, which can bring random cats prowling around your property trying to gain access to her.
Male kitties will spray their urine on items, walls, you name it, all for the sake of marking their territory and any female cats living in the home. By getting the male fixed, they won’t feel such a strong need to mark their territory. Even if they do so, the smell is a mild one compared to an intact male.
The Right Age to Get a Cat Fixed
Cats are typically fixed once they reach full maturity, but this can differ between cats.
Becuase of this, I highly recommend that you speak to your vet first, especially if your cat has health problems, is overweight, etc. They will know what is best for your kitty.