Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Cat

These surgeries can benefit both you and your pet.

By Stacy N. Hackett

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7. Neuter surgery will deter your cat from fighting with other cats. Intact male cats are driven by their hormones to find a mate and will fight with other male cats when female cats are present. The injuries sustained in these fights can result in costly veterinary bills more costly than neuter surgery.

8. Neutering can help prevent your male cat from behaving aggressively toward other pets and members of your household. The same hormones that drive an intact male to fight other male cats can cause him to bite or display other aggressive behaviors toward family members and other pets, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Many aggression problems can be avoided by neutering your male kitten while he is still young and friendly.

9. Neutering will reduce the chance of your male cat developing testicular cancer. If done before your kitten reaches six months of age, neuter surgery will virtually eliminate the possibility of him acquiring the disease, according to the ASPCA.

10. Neuter surgery will decrease the chance of your male cat developing prostate disease or hernias. Again, having the surgery performed before your kitten turns 6 months old will decrease the chances even further.

Don't let cost factors prevent you from scheduling that appointment. Find a low-cost spay and neuter clinic near you today. Your cat will thank you!

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Rebecca    North Platte, NE

6/24/2011 7:19:30 PM

I think this is a great article, and I agree that cats should be spayed or neutered unless if the case comes about like I learned in cat college with endangered animals and domestic cats become endangered I would hate them to become extinct but at this time it is a good idea based on cat overpopulation and behavioral problems.

darlene    allenpark, MI

7/21/2007 10:08:49 PM

great article i strongly agree with having cat spayed or neutured. it does help with behavior and health

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