No matter if you have just brought a new kitten into your home or you have had your furry friend for years, it is recommended to have your kitten spayed or neutered. These simple procedures will make sure your cat is healthy and happy in the home and will ultimately save you time and money as your cat gets older.
Of course, everyone has their own preference, but here are just a few of the reasons we encourage you to have your furball sprayed or neutered.
Spaying/Neutering Controls Feline Population
One of the main benefits of having your cat spayed or neutered is controlling the feline population. When you have your female cat spayed or your male cat neutered as a kitten, you will ensure they don’t make a litter which can ultimately create overpopulation issues.
These overpopulation issues can lead to shelters being overwhelmed and, ultimately, make euthanasia a necessity. Shelter euthanasia is unfortunately the number one killer of companion animals.
Spaying/Neutering Reduces Risk of Cancer & Disease
When it comes to disease prevention, spaying and neutering greatly reduces the chance of your cat developing cancers and other diseases. Spayed cats live roughly 39% longer than non-spayed cats and neutered male cats won’t develop testicular cancer.
It is suggested to have your cat spayed or neutered by five months of age, according to the American Animal Hospital Association. This will ensure your cat doesn’t go into heat, while still having time to grow and develop. The sooner you have your cat spayed or neutered, the less likely they will be to develop cancers or other health issues.
Spaying/Neutering Reduces Stress
Spaying your female cat at an early age (5 months of age or sooner) will also greatly reduce their stress levels, as they will not be going into heat. Male cats that are neutered will have less stress as well and won’t be aggressive in finding a mate. They will also make for a much better, happier home companion.
Although many people believe that you should wait until your cat is in heat before having it spayed/neutered, there is nothing wrong with spaying or neutering a kitten. As long as your cat is at least eight weeks of age and weighs two pounds, they can get this procedure.
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