Quick Tips: Altering Your Cat

The benefits of neutering and spaying include improved behavior, a decrease in medical problems and no unwanted kittens.

Posted: Fri Mar 21 00:00:00 PST 2003

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Get your cat neutered or spayed unless you plan to breed it and breeding should be left to those who are very serious about it.

Benefits of altering include improved behavior and suitability as housepets, no unwanted kittens, reduced motive to get outside or damage the house and a marked decrease in many medical problems, including mammary cancers and uterine infections. The ideal age for altering is 5 to 6 months, before most sexual behaviors develop and before females experience their first heat.

Neutering or spaying includes a small surgical risk, inability to breed the cat later and a tendency for the cat to gain weight (easily controlled by dietary management). Altering will not stunt your cat's growth, and studies fail to link early altering to later medical problems.

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a    c, VA

6/2/2010 8:30:35 AM

with rampant overpopulation of animals by puppy/kitty mills and "backyard breeders" the best thing a responsible owner can do is spay/neuter their pet.

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