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Neutering Your Male Cat

Neutering your male cat not only prevents unwanted breeding and surprise litters, it proves many major benefits for your cat. Before having your cat neutered, learn more about the benefits of the procedure, the surgery itself and how to care for your cat after the surgery has been performed.

Benefits of Neutering

Reducing undesirable behavior is the major benefit of having you male cat neutered. Cats that aren't neutered are for more likely to try to escape in order to seek a mate, exhibit territial and aggressive behavior, and mar k their territory by spraying uring in the house. Neutering will reduce these behaciors in 60-90% of cats. Of course, neutering your cat also helps control the overall pet population/ Every year, millions of cats wind up homeless or euthanized, simply because there aren't enough homes to take them in. By allowing your pet to breed uninhibited, you're only contributing to the problem.

The Surgery

The neutering surgery is very routine. Your cat will be place under general anesthesia, then the vet will surgically remove both testicles and tie off the spermatic cords, rendering your cat sterile. Any procedure incolcing anesthesia and surgery does carry some risk, but your cats vital signs will be carefully monitored throughout the entire neutering procedure. Some cats may require additional preoperative work-up, including bloodwork, as well as perooperative supportive care such as IV fluids. Ask your vet about these options, as well as what type of analgesic medications would be more appropriate for your cat after surgery.

When to Neuter

Most cats are neutered at about six months of age, although many cats can have the procedure performed even earlier. Your vet can help determine the most appropriate time to have your cat neutered. The night before your cats neutering appointment, put away his good after dinnertime. You cat should'nt eat anything during the prior night and morning of the procedure.

Post-Surgical Care

Some cats are able to return home the very day of the procedure, while some stay in the hospital overnight. Your cat will probably be a little groggy when he comes home, so keep him in a quiet space away from other family members and pets. Try to keep physical activity to a minimum. You may need to ask your vet fo an Elizabeth collar to prevent your cat from licking the surgery site.