Why castrate my cat?

Perhaps you have read in different media that phrase that says "Castrar is an act of humanity, and today we want to open a broader vision to this topic. This procedure can actually change many lives, not only yours as a caregiver, but that of many kittens and future kittens in the face of the reality of the world and the streets.

Around four (4) months of age, cats reach sexual maturity, in what for us is a short period of time, for our little feline friends it is enough time to acquire the ability to reproduce and have their own offspring, reason why almost all its life is reproductive.

Did you know that a pair of cats equals more than 12 cats in a single year and more than 1700 cats in three years? Their reproduction rate is very high, the most unfortunate thing is that they will probably be unwanted in their majority and they will be exposed to situations of hunger, abandonment, and other dangers. While avoiding overcrowding is a great benefit, this is not the only thing that is prevented by castration. This procedure also brings positive effects on our friends, such as affecting many behaviors related to the sexual maturity of a cat and diseases to which they are most exposed. So sit down, make yourself comfortable and today learn with us all the benefits of performing this small operation that is easy and ambulatory.

Benefits

First you should know that the castration process is done through a really simple surgery, where the sexual and reproductive organs are completely removed or removed. In general, you have to take your cat in the morning completely on an empty stomach and pick it up in the afternoon, already fully operated. Once neutered, you will see all these benefits reflected in their lives:
1. It prevents unwanted pregnancies and subsequent abandonment, therefore the overpopulation of cats, especially in the streets, reducing the number of kittens without a home, without a family.
2. Control annoying visits, a cat in heat can inform with its smell of cats up to 1km away, causing visits with a territory mark on the door, roof or near your house. Marks and smells that will be unpleasant for you.
3. Prevent the spread of disease between cats. Those cats that are left homeless and on the street are unlikely to have specific care in infectious diseases, so transmission is easy. And not only among stray cats, but also for those house cats who let out to "take a walk outside."
4. Spaying or neutering eliminates risk of disease. In cats it is common infections of the uterus, tumors in the ovaries or breasts, cancer, among others. In male cats you can suffer from diseases of the testicles and prostate, such as cancer, prostatitis and hernias.
5. Avoid unwanted behaviors, such as urine marking indoors, especially in male cats. It also avoids aggressiveness of the cat with its caregivers and other household animals.

 

6. It reduces the desire to go out and take walks away from home, while avoiding territorial fights with other cats, and even fights with females in heat, which can hurt them to supply their reproductive instincts, and along with it infectious diseases such as Leukemia or Feline AIDS, which is transmitted through bites and saliva.

It is important to understand that neutering and spaying are different practices that control birth. Unlike castration that removes all reproductive organs, spaying only partially ligates or removes part of these organs. Consequently, a practice that does not change or improve reproductive behaviors or related diseases. Therefore, in order to achieve all the benefits that we mentioned above, keep in mind that the best option is castration.

Recommendations

1. Do it as soon as possible, it is recommended after 4 months and no later than 6 months of age, both males and females, so they can adapt their behavior and that living with you is the best

2. Evaluate the price that this surgery can mean for you before adopting or having a kitten as a member of your family. A great option is to adopt in serious foundations. They will find the best cat for you and deliver it to you neutered at a very low cost. This money collected will be used to cover more castrations within the foundation.

3. Look for clinics with accredited and experienced veterinarians, who give you details of the procedure, are clear in its price and in the aftercare, such as medicines and food.

4. Always do general examinations to your cat before neutering, it is important to know the health of his liver, kidneys and diseases in general that can predispose complications during the operation. If a veterinary center suggests you do the operation without previous studies, do not accept it.

5. There are simple post-operation cares to maintain the well-being of your cat, fortunately they have an incredibly fast recovery, but you are always aware of its development after leaving the operating room and having it at home again. It is normal for them to arrive or feel drowsy even from the effects of anesthesia, but it is certain that the next day they will be attentive and active as always. Even so, if you notice him down or unusually bored, it is best to contact the treating veterinarian to verify that everything is in order.

6. Watch for at least two days after the operation that he does not perform very strong jumps or games, so that his internal and external healing is done correctly. It is also advisable to avoid licking and scratching in the areas of surgery, sometimes it is advisable to put an Elizabethan collar or "pajama" that moves them away from the areas, thus not removing the stitches and reopening the wound. There are veterinary centers that perform surgeries with internal points, which need less care and precisely prevent these situations from occurring.

7. It is very important to remember that once your cat has been neutered, the chances of it gaining weight and becoming obese are much greater than those of a cat that has not undergone the procedure. For this reason, it is vital that you evaluate what type and quality of food you are giving your cat and the daily amount. At Gato Curioso we recommend holistic grain-free foods, such as Orijen or N&D, which are foods of high nutritional quality, as long as you always maintain the correct grammage according to your cat's weight and age.