Why Male Cats Should Be Neutered

Population Control   t   Health Benefits   t   Behavioral Improvements

These are some of the many reasons male cats should be neutered.

Sadly, millions of cats and kittens are euthanized in the United States each year because there simply aren't enough homes for all of them. Loving pet owners and care-givers can do their part to reduce the number of homeless cats and kittens by having their male cats neutered (and females spayed). These simple, one-time surgeries also help our feline friends lead longer, healthier and happier lives and promote a more enjoyable human-animal relationship.   

Too often, cat owners think first of the mother when the topic of cat overpopulation comes up. After all, it's females that have litters. Females come into heat every two to three weeks until they are finally mated. Certainly, females should be spayed, a common abdominal surgery to remove the ovaries and uterus.

Males, on the other hand, do not actually go into heat, but starting as young as four months of age, they are always ready, able, and willing to breed any females in heat whenever they can. Neutering is the simple procedure of removing the male cat's testicles.

The low-cost "Quick Fix" spay/neuter "Quick Fix" spay/neuter clinics and programs are offered by Second Chance Fund For Animal Welfare (SCFAW) in Central Massachusetts and by numerous Boston area organizations; see our Spay/Neuter Resource Flyer and distribute widely! Thank you to SCFAW for use of this article.

Undesirable Behaviors and Health Problems

Unneutered male cats are prone to undesirable behaviors, such as urine spraying to mark their territories. Often and sadly, this leads owners to abandon their male cats or place them in shelters. Neutering dramatically reduces the likelihood of this unfortunate sequence.

Due to the high levels of testosterone in their bodies, unaltered male cats are more likely to be aggressive toward their human companions. And fighting among unneutered males is far more common, resulting in bite wounds, abscesses, and transmission of various parasites and diseases. Males that have not been altered are also more apt to wander in search of female cats, increasing the likelihood that they will be lost or hit by cars.  

In addition, neutering male cats virtually eliminates the possibility of testicular tumors and cancers and drastically reduces the risk of prostate cancer, thereby increasing the likelihood that he will live a long and healthy life.

Finally, neutering male cats is simply the right thing to do. While male cat owners do not directly face the consequences of their cats' prolific mating habits - i.e., kittens - their unneutered male cats contribute directly to the problem of cat overpopulation.


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