Hello, my name is Catherine. I have long loved animals and have had several of my own over the years. Sadly, I saw two of my cats suffer with feline cancer, one of my dogs had arthritis, and, of course, we faced the usual calamities and injuries pets often face. However, I have had to navigate this on a relatively restricted budget, and through the years, I have gotten quite proficient at that. I work at a library and love doing research on pets and veterinary care as well as a range of other topics. I also love to write so decided to put my info in a blog. Please, explore and enjoy!
Did you know that desexing or neutering your male cat could help you to form a long and healthy relationship with him? New cat owners must eventually decide whether to desex their cat or not. And understandably, this decision can be daunting. But if you have just brought a new male cat into your family, there are several good reasons to have him desexed.
1. No roaming far and wide
Male cats will wander very far to find a mate during mating season. This puts them at greater risk of suffering injury because of car accidents or getting lost. If you'd prefer that your young male cat stayed closer to home, desexing them can help to achieve that.
2. Less fighting with other cats
If you already have other cats in your house, then an unneutered male addition may quickly become a problem. This is especially true if another male cat is present in the household. Male cats regularly fight each other for dominance, and this can lead to injuries that might lead to infection. If you desex your male cat early, within the first few months of their life, they'll become less aggressive.
3. Less spraying to mark territory
One of the worst problems with intact male cats is the spraying habit that marks their territory. This can become a problem if your male cat sprays inside your home. When a male cat sprays its urine, the smell can be overpowering. Desexing your male cat can mostly put a stop to spraying behavior.
4. Less chance of suffering injuries
If your male cat prefers to stay closer to home rather than go roaming outside, they'll have less chance of suffering injuries. Desexed male cats usually prefer to stay out of trouble.
5. More focus on grooming themselves
Intact male cats spend more time roaming and fighting than they do grooming themselves. This means they can look scruffy from time to time. But once you have desexed a male cat, they tend to spend more time grooming themselves.
6. Less chance of prostate and testicular cancer
Another great benefit of desexing male cats is that once they have been desexed, they have less chance of suffering from prostate cancer or testicular cancer. This means that desexing your male cat may help them to live a longer and healthier life.
If you have just added a new male cat to your household, consider desexing them. Desexing your male cat can help to extend their lifespan and encourage them to stay closer to home. Contact a vet to learn more about pet desexing.