Spaying and neutering cats can reduce unwanted cats.
Spaying and neutering cats can reduce unwanted cats. t is estimated that every year hundreds of thousands of cats and kittens are put to death simply because no one wants them. Overcrowding is a problem in the animal shelters that take in these animals and work to find them new homes. Because there are so many animals in need, they are unable to provide care for all of the animals permanently. The solution is not to build additional shelters; rather, cat owners need to take greater responsibility for spaying and neutering their animals.
Each year, a female cat has the potential to give birth to two litters of kittens. Approximately 2.8 of the kittens in a litter will survive to adulthood on average. If her progeny are not spayed or neutered, the number of cats in the population will increase by 12 the first year, 66 the second year, and 80,399,780 at the end of 10 years.
The process of removing the uterus and ovaries of a female animal using surgical means is referred to as “spaying.” It is referred to as “neutering” when the testicles of a male animal are removed. Because of either of these operations, the animals are unable to have offspring. Cats and their owners both stand to gain from having their pets spayed or neutered, and the advantages extend beyond just reducing the risk of unplanned pregnancies.
The advantages of having a male cat spayed or neutered
* Neutered cats have a lower risk of urinating in inappropriate places.
* Cats who have been neutered will no longer have the instinct to battle.
* Cats who have been spayed or neutered have a lower risk of attempting to flee.
* Cats who have been neutered won’t get the abscesses that result from fighting.
* Spayed and neutered cats have a significantly lower risk of contracting infections such as FeLV and FIV.
* Cats who have been spayed or neutered will not be at risk for testicular cancer
* Spayed or neutered cats are far less prone to develop “stud tail,” a condition caused by hyperactive glands in the tail.
* Spayed and neutered cats have a lower chance of developing breast cancer.
It is possible to avoid mating behaviors in female cats, such as fighting and yowling/hyperactivity in female cats by spaying the cats. Cats who have been spayed spend less time wandering about the neighborhood, which reduces the risk of them being injured by passing automobiles or attacked by territorial dogs. Their inclination to maintain a more domestic lifestyle also serves to shield them from the potentially fatal effects of illnesses such as FeLV and FIV. Because they are not affected by the fluctuating effects of hormones, pets who have been “fixed” have a tendency to be more affectionate toward their owners.
One of the most significant advantages of spaying or neutering a cat is the significant reduction in the likelihood that the animal may acquire tumors related to the reproductive system. When a female cat is spayed before she goes through her first cycle, or heat, the risk of mammary cancer is significantly decreased.
Before the turn of the century, it was common knowledge that pets should be spayed or neutered when they were between five and seven months old. Recent research has shown that it is not only possible to spay or neuter cats at an earlier age, but that doing so is really beneficial for the cats’ health. Spaying and neutering treatments are often performed on cats when they are around 7 weeks old. They heal far more rapidly than they would if it were done later, and it eliminates the possibility of a female becoming pregnant during her first heat cycle.
In the past, there were restrictions placed on spaying for a variety of reasons.
It was recommended to wait until after a female cat had given birth to at least one litter of kittens before spaying the cat.
* That female cats, in particular, may experience incontinence as a later complication as a result of this.
* The possibility of some behavioral issues developing as a consequence.
On the other hand, these notions have been debunked in recent years.
In the past, animal shelters and humane societies would send unmodified cats and kittens to their new homes because they wanted the animals to get the best possible start to their new lives as quickly as possible. In most cases, owners were required to sign documentation committing to have the animal spayed or neutered. A few of the facilities took it upon themselves to follow up with phone calls to the property owners in order to verify that the owners were keeping their promise. This is not possible in today’s world due to the enormous amount of animals that are brought into and taken out of shelters. The majority of animal welfare and adoption organizations spay and neuter the animals they take in before making them available for adoption. This is done so that the animals they take in do not contribute to the problem of overpopulation. Laws have been established in a number of different towns that stipulate that an animal cannot be released from a shelter unless it has been either spayed or neutered.