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Do I Have to Spay/Neuter My Indoor Cat?

family-footerIf you recently adopted a kitten, congratulations on the feline addition to your home! Your new four-legged friend is sure to be a great companion for many years to come. You might be wondering: if you plan to keep your kitty indoors at all times, is it really necessary to neuter or spay him or her? You may worry about complications from the procedure or deem it unnecessary because you plan on your cat never coming face-to-face with another feline.

It’s easy for some cat owners to justify not spaying or neutering a new animal, but this simple procedure is one of the best things you can do for your cat, both medically and behaviorally. You can even expect a better relationship with your furry friend if you neuter him. Here are the benefits you and your pet can expect following the simple surgery. 

Medical Benefits

  • Help prevent cancer of reproductive organs: Spaying helps prevent breast and uterine tumors in female cats. These types of tumors in cats are malignant (cancerous) 90 percent of the time. Neutering also helps prevent testicular cancer and prostate problems in male cats. The younger you spay or neuter your cat, the greater protection he or she has against productive cancers.
  • Prevent accidental pregnancy: You might fully intend to keep your cat indoors her whole life, but when she goes into heat, she may be inclined to rush out the front door in search of a suitable mate. Spaying prevents accidental pregnancy if your indoor cat ever escapes outside.
  • Control the homeless pet population: Male cats are also inclined to slip out the door to find a female in heat. He could impregnate a stray female without your knowledge, adding to the homeless pet population. Neutering eliminates this possibility.

Behavioral Benefits

  • Eliminate hormonal behaviors: Female cats in heat can yowl loudly and constantly for up to two weeks several times per year. Intact male cats also have a tendency to spray walls and furniture with urine as they attempt to attract a mate. These are not behaviors you want to live with.
  • Reduce your cat’s desire to escape: While there’s always a possibility your feline could slip out the door, the likelihood is smaller if your cat lacks the desperate need to mate. With your cat safely indoors, he’s protected from traffic injuries and getting in fights with other animals.
  • Reduce aggression: Intact male cats sometimes show signs of aggression caused by high testosterone levels. Neutering reduces this hormone, resulting in a desirable behavioral change in many cats. Just remember, there’s no guarantee an aggressive cat’s behavior will improve after he’s neutered. His personality and physiology may simply make him a more aggressive animal.

When to Spay or Neuter Your Cat

The ASPCA states that spaying and neutering is generally safe for cats as young as eight weeks old. If your goal is to avoid the start of urine spraying and prevent accidental pregnancy, you should schedule surgery before your cat reaches five months old. It’s also possible to spay a female cat while she’s in heat if her hormonal behavior sends you over the edge.

Schedule an Appointment

Schedule Pet Spaying and Neutering at Germantown Vet Clinic

When you bring your cat to Germantown Vet, rest assured that we can spay and neuter right here at our facility. We use the latest monitoring devices to track your cat’s vitals to ensure a safe, effective procedure. Then we offer post-op care to keep your pet safe and comfortable until he’s ready to return home with you.

Contact us online or call (240) 252-7467 to schedule your appointment today!

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