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Neutering of male cats. Is it necessary?


Let's discuss neutering of both male and female cats, the myths that surround this topic, and the need for this procedure.

First, I would like to mention that this procedure is necessary for homeless animals (there're plenty of them on our streets, abandoned buildings, etc.) People throw animals out into the street, and those who survive there begin to bring offspring. The homeless population is growing rapidly. Therefore, in every animal cattery, all new entrants are necessarily castrated. And if someone is eager to take an animal from the cattery, they immediately get an animal that is not capable of reproduction.

If you have decided to buy a breeding kitten, you need to know that neutering is primarily the responsibility for its life and health. And the breeder, who hands over his graduate in the hands of the future owner, necessarily warns about the need for castration in a certain time, or gives a kitten after the procedure.

Misconceptions related to the issue of early neutering

There are a lot of myths that are spread by people who are not aware of this issue, or veterinarians who are reluctant to improve their skills and study. Any breeder will claim that this procedure should be carried out from about 3 to 5 months, taking into account the individual characteristics of the development of the animal.

Allegedly, such animals develop slower and their bones are weaker. But at the moment there are no major studies that support this hypothesis. Proper feeding has a greater impact on growth.

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  1. Scottish Folds, like other feline species, develop urolithiasis. According to statistics, this is not confirmed, but doctors know exactly what causes the appearance of urolithiasis in males: genetic predisposition, obesity, improper feeding, and low water consumption.
  2. Animals eat a lot and are obese. Such kittens are not at risk of obesity because their hormonal readjustment has not yet begun, unlike those who were castrated at a later age and have nothing to replace with food. They don't know what sexual arousal is.
  3. It is difficult for kittens to endure anesthesia, etc. Veterinary doctors, on the contrary, say that at this age it is much easier to carry out all manipulations: it is faster in time, less anesthesia, it is easier and as quickly as possible passes rehabilitation. Making decision on neutering a cat may be challenging for some owners, thus, Scottish Folds catteries in Rostov sell kittens that have already been castrated. It helps the owner eliminate the need to visit the veterinary clinic and solve this problem himself or herself.
  4. Doctors recommend giving birth to a cat at least once (for health issues), and only then have neutering. This idea is quite controversial because it's not obvious whether the doctor gives birth "for health", whether wants "to help" the client to take care of a cat with kittens and find home for them, or this kind of specialist doesn't have sufficient experience and knowledge for carrying out such manipulations.

So, the kitten should be castrated from 4 to 6 months, of course, the decision on readiness is made by the doctor, he measures weight, looks at the general condition of the kitten, etc.

Why do breeders insist on the procedure?

There are several reasons for this insistence: the owner of a professional cattery is engaged in breeding and improvement of a specific breed, only the best representatives of it remain in the cattery. And all the other kittens are sold, and if they become producers, then nothing good for the breed will appear and it may devalues many years of the breeder's work. And, therefore, wishing to buy a kitten in Rostov as a home cat, it is necessary to consider that it means obligatory carrying out castration.

In addition, animals grow and begin to show signs of sexual hunting, can begin to mark the territory, loudly call the opposite sex cat, etc., and a tired owner may begin to give the pet means to reduce these manifestations. But it is very dangerous for cats, it can develop inflammation, and then it is necessary to resort to surgical intervention.

Cats, even after castration, can continue to mark the territory, as this has become their habit.

These are the main aspects of this complex issue. I hope this article will help you make the right choice.

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