Should I desex my cat?

Should I desex my cat?

Should I desex my cat?

There are many reasons why you should desex your cat. Besides helping to control cat overpopulation and remove the stress and problems of unwanted litters, desexing your cat also has positive effects on their health.

I’ve read many studies and interviewed numerous veterinarians and behaviourists on the importance of desexing, and doing it early! 

Did you know a female cat can begin breeding as young as four months old and can become pregnant while still nursing? This means, one unspayed cat, her mate and their offspring can produce more than 2 million cats in eight years! 

Vets are also recommending to desex cats early – around four months of age, instead of six months – for increased anaesthetic safety, shorter procedure and recovery time. Cats that have been spayed/neutered generally live longer and healthier lives. They have a reduced risk of getting cancer or other diseases of the reproductive organs, such as cervical, ovarian and mammary cancer. 

From a behavioural standpoint, desexed male cats are less prone to roam and fight, and therefore less likely or get lost, injured and/or cause injury to other animals. Feline leukemia and feline AIDS spread through the bites of infected cats to other cats. 

Also, neutering a cat reduces or eliminates the urge to spray in the home and your cat becomes less likely to suffer from anti-social behaviours, becoming more affectionate and a better companion. 

From a cost perspective, desexing reduces the cost to the community of having to care for unwanted kittens (and puppies) in pounds and shelters. Plus, you save money from expensive surgeries from car accidents or fights (which are less likely to occur if your cat doesn’t roam around). Also, you pay less for council registration fees.

You can apply for low cost desexing via councils, animal welfare organisations and veterinarians who offer discounts for pension/concession card holders all year round. For more information, visit the National Desexing Network on https://ndn.org.au/


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