Cat Castration, Male and Female Cats
Crossbred cats or unwanted pets keeps on being a growing issue. Unless you want to breed purebred cats in a professional way, you should get your cat castrated, it is the responsible thing to do. A cat may be castrated at any age, but it usually should be done before its puberty, when it is five or six months old. It’s a very simple, painless and safe procedure. In a female the castration consists of removing the uterus and ovaries. And for the male, the castration consists of removing the testicles.
There are many important reasons to castrate your cat. Besides having unwanted kittens, all male cats have the nasty habit of “sprinkling” , marking their territory with strong smelling urine, which is very hard to get rid of. Cats also get involved in night fights which wake up the entire neighborhood. These cat fights always have bad results, such as wounds and infections, not mentioning the deadly feline infections. Males usually wander off looking for females in heat and usually get lost or killed along the way. Castration will prevent all these problems, your cat will be more loving and stay calm.
There are the same amount of reasons to castrate your female cat. A female (queen) gets in heat once every three weeks, during eight months a year. She will screech in an incessant manner, attracting a multitude of loud and smelly proposers to your door. Keeping her inside to avoid mating increases the physical cruelty because of her biological necessities she becomes frustrated. If she escapes, she will be faced with the same dangers as a male in search for love; and if she mates with a male that has a feline sickness, she may become infected as well. She will eventually become pregnant and it is inevitable that she will give birth, which will give you the hard time of looking for a new home for the unwanted kittens.
It’s a fallacy that it is good to let your cat have one birth before it getting castrated. This will not make them happier or live longer. Actually breast tumors and uterus infections are more common in cats that have had babies, and some cats that have had babies before getting castrated become melancholic for the rest of their lives.
That’s that. Castration makes your life and the life of your cat easier and you can feel proud that you have done your part to alleviate the tragedy of unwanted pets.
Note: A female cat that has not been castrated can have three births a year, with more kittens in each birth. In five years you could be responsible for more than 20,000 descendants!