Desexing Your Cat - Fact vs Myth
Cat breeding season normally starts when the days get longer in the early Spring.
Myth: Females need to have a litter
This is simply not true. While older cats may bond with younger kittens this should not be confused with them feeling like they’re missing out by not having little ones of their own. In real life cat’s are solitary animals only getting together to breed. They like their own space to chill, hunt and feed. There are already more cats than we have homes for. It’s estimated by age 7, a female cat can give birth to approximately 3000 kittens.
As a responsible pet owner the last thing we want to contribute to is more unwanted pets.
Fact: Pets that aren’t desexed are at greater risk of disease
Absolutely true! Females that are desexed before their first heat (which occurs around 6 months of age), are typically healthier, and have a much lower risk of diseases such as breast cancer and uterine infections.
Males that are not desexed are at higher risk of getting diseases such as testicular cancer. Males are more likely to roam, get into fights or accidents. All of these diseases put your pet at risk of early death.
Why risk it, when desexing before 6 months of age can reduce the risk of some diseases occurring to zero!
Myth/Fact: My cat’s personality will change
Most pets will experience no personality changes after desexing. If changes are noticed, it’s normally for the better. Adult male cats who are not desexed are often more aggressive, and prone to spraying smelly urine all over the place. Female cats that are not desexed will often howl and carry on when there’s a tom cat in the area, especially when everyone else is trying to get some shut eye! Desexing can help reduce these anti-social behaviours as it reduces the underlying anxiety associated with trying to impress the opposite sex that causes these behaviours to begin with!
The simple fact is responsible that pet ownership means desexing your pet.
So don’t delay, cat breeding season is on it's way.
Your pet will be healthier AND happier for it!