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Should I Spay My Kitten? The Pros and Cons of Neutering Your Cat

22 Mar 2022.

Whether you’ve just gotten your first feline or are adopting a kitten to be friends with your cat, you may be wondering if it’s necessary to neuter your new kitty. Do you need to neuter your cat? Or is it better to just let nature take its course? Below, Cat in a Flat answers all your questions about spaying or neutering your cat. 

What does it mean to neuter a cat? 

Neutering is a surgical procedure which will prevent your cat from reproducing. In female felines this is called spaying and involves removing the kitty’s ovaries and uterus. In males it’s referred to as neutering or castration and means your male fur friend’s testes will be removed. 

When you take your kitten to be neutered, they will be placed under a general anaesthetic for the operation. Although your kitty will experience some discomfort (and may need to wear a cone afterwards to prevent grooming the operated area), most cats are up and active just a few hours after the surgery. 

When is the best time to get a cat fixed?

Felines reach sexual maturity at around 4-5 months, from which point female cats will be able to birth up to five litters every year. To prevent unwanted pregnancies, veterinarians recommend getting your fur friend spayed at around four months old. 

Do you have an older cat and are wondering if their age is too advanced for them to be neutered? Not to worry. Neutering your older cat can be completely safe too. As long as your furry friend is healthy, there is no age limit to when you can get your cat spayed or neutered. 

What are the pros of spaying female cats?

mother cat with kittens

What are the pros of neutering a male cat?

roaming cat

What are the cons of neutering cats? 

sedentary cat

Now that you’ve considered the pros and cons of neutering your cat, why not check out our blog posts on the essentials of daily cat care and tips on how to be a pawsome fur parent to your furry friend! 

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