Why Spay or
Neuter Your Cat?
If you don't plan to be a breeder it is very
important to spay or
neuter your pet cat. Let me illustrate with what happened to me.
morning, a friend almost squashed a day old kitten in my parent’s
backyard. I moved the poor fellow to a nearby shady place in hope that
her mother will find her.
To my horror, later that night I
heard frantic voice of that same kitten squealing for her mother. I
hate rescuing very small baby animals because they usually won't
But I end up spending the entire night trying to
feed the already dehydrated kitten. Warming her, stimulating her
bowels, etc. to my surprise, she came through. This kitten sure has a
strong will power to live.
Fortunately for me, a friend's
cat unexpectedly gave birth to a litter of kittens a few days
earlier(yeah, she didn't spay her cat soon enough). Bless the tiny
kitten, the queen accepted to foster her readily.
Moral of the story? Spay or neuter your pet!
my neighbor is a responsible owner, she wouldn't let anyone go through
all the hassle of trying to save her cats' baby kitten! I don't think
she even knows her cat had a kitten! how irresponsible is that?
Spay Your Female Cats
Spaying is a surgery which removes
the ovaries and uterus by an incision in their abdomens.
Aside from the
very real feline overpopulation problem, there are some important
health reasons for spaying female cats such as:
• Decreased Risk of Mammary Cancer
To protect your female cat from mammary cancer,
spay her before she her first estrus
, which can occur as young as four months old. Each following heat
brings a higher risk of mammary cancer in the future.
• Zero Risk of Ovarian or Uterine
Spaying a cat involves the removal of the uterus
and ovaries. No organs, no cancer.
• Zero Risk of Pyometritis
serious infection in the uterus lining by virulent bacteria (especially
E.coli) that can be fatal if left untreated. A spayed cat obviously has
no uterus to be infected.
If you are curious as to how the procedure is done to spay your cat,
you can watch this video.
Neuter Your Male Cats
Neutering is a simple and short procedure (relatively! when you're
talking about surgery!).
All my four boys don’t even know what hit
Neutering will not only prevent unwanted pregnancies and some
medical problem, it will also solve some 'stud' behavioral problem.
• are not so inclined to spray his strong 'au de
• more civilized. Gents don't fight brawl
• don't feel the need to roam so far and wide
• will be spared the 'scar' and abscesses from
• have lower risk to contract diseases such as
FeLV and FIV
• have zero risk of testicular cancer
• have cleaner tail. 'Stud tail' are greasy oily
caused by the overactive sebaceous glands in the tail.
you have every reason to neuter your male cat. He will be a much more
pleasant companion, and will ultimately be happier and
The following video shows you how the vet neuter a
male cat. It is much simpler than spaying since the testicles are
located outside of the body.
Excuses and Objections to Spay or Neuter
A lot of people would come up
several common excuses or objections whenever I told them to spay or
neuter their pet cat such as the following:
• “I don’t want to deprive my cat
is the most absurd excuse of them all. For cats, sex is purely
hormonal. No emotional feelings involved. And for all cases, it is even
If you had witnessed any cats mating, you
would see at the end of it the female will yowl, hiss, spat and hit the
male with her claws. A male cat’s penis has tiny spines pointing
backwards that makes it painful for the female when he draws out his
penis when the mating is over.
If you want your cat to be
happier, spay or neuter your cat. spayed or neutered cats have no
whatsoever desire to mate. Even if they wanted to, who’s stopping them?
• “Altering makes them fat and
Nope. Overeating makes them fat and lack of
stimulation and exercise makes them lazy. Period.
• “I want my kids to experience the
miracle of birth.”
cats gave birth at night in a hidden away seclusion so there’s a very
thin chance for your children to witness it anyway. If you want to
educate your children about the miracle of birth, there are tons of
videos and TV shows out there that they can watch instead.
• “My cat is too old.”
is never too old to spay or neuter your cat. Unless if there’s some
other health problem that your vet specify, it’s never too old to spay
or neuter your cat.
• “My religion won’t allow it.”
Now this is a touchy issue. Mostly this objection
comes from my Muslims brothers and sisters. Let me ask you a question.
Would you send your 5 year old to the streets just
because you can’t afford to feed him?
pet cat cannot fend for itself because they are PETS. They are used to
being FED and cared for. They are not trained like their wild cousins
to survive in the wild. Thus they can’t pass down surviving skills
required to their offspring. So sending them off to the
streets is equivalent to subjecting them to a slow, painful and
miserable death. You'll be more merciful if you simply
chop off their head.
can still keep your pet cat whole if you plan to keep all the kittens.
Or finding good homes for them. But what if the kittens are ready to
breed? This is why breeding cats is a heavy
responsibility. Not only you will have the responsibility of finding
homes for them, you are also responsible to test your breeding cats to
be sure that they are free of hereditary diseases like HCM
For your info, cats if let loose can produce up to
litters a year. Just one litter of 6 can multiply in 6 years
420,000 cats!! Well, of course this is just calculated
number. Most of them will die of diseases,
starvation, road accidents etc. and will not survive into
So which one is more 'allowed' in
our religion? Let your cat breeds, and let their kittens die of
starvation or being hit by cars (or diseases), or kill them in shelters
because nobody can afford to feed them…? Or simply spay or neuter your
pet cat and avoid all the miseries their future kittens have to go
through? Go figure.
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