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Should I Spay or Neuter My Cat?

Spaying and neutering are procedures that can offer you and your cat a lot of relief. Not only does spaying and neutering help to control overpopulation and prevent medical problems, but it also improves behavior and extends your cat’s life. If you’re asking yourself, “Should I spay or neuter my cat?”, then keep reading!

Why to Spay or Neuter Your Cat

There are many reasons as to why you’d want to spay or neuter your feline friend. However, some of the most common reasons include:

Reducing Overpopulation.

Spaying or neutering your cat prevents unwanted births and decreases the number of kittens that, unfortunately, end up in shelters or on the streets.

Improved Behavior.

Similar to dogs, cats that are spayed or neutered tend to be better behaved because they don’t have as intense of hormones impacting their emotions and actions.

Longer Life Expectancy.

Cats that are spayed or neutered have a better chance at living longer because they don’t face the serious medical concerns that having reproductive organs can produce.

Why Not to Spay or Neuter Your Cat

Despite spaying and neutering being very common procedures, there are several reasons why pet parents may choose not to spay or neuter their cat, including:

  • The pet parent has plans to breed their cat.
  • Inability to afford the procedure.
  • Concerns regarding the anesthesia or surgery.

Nonetheless, spaying and neutering is a pet parent’s choice and now you’re informed with all you need to know before making a decision.

When to Spay or Neuter Your Cat

Should you choose to spay or neuter your cat, its age is going to strongly determine when the procedure should be performed. Kittens can be spayed or neutered once they’re 2 months old and weigh at least 2 pounds, but it’s recommended to wait until they’re closer to 5 or 6 months old to undergo the procedure. If you have a cat that’s an adult or senior and it’s still intact, there’s still hope! It’s never too late to spay or neuter your cat, but you’ll want to consult with your veterinarian first to ensure that your furry friend doesn’t have any underlying medical concerns or health issues that could cause complications during the procedure.

Show ‘Em Love with Stella & Chewy’s

At Stella & Chewy’s, we care about your cat and we want it to live a long, happy, and healthy life! Unless your cat has serious health problems, it’s always a great choice to spay or neuter. The benefits of fixing your feline far outweigh the risks and could mean more time together. To learn more tips for your new kitten or cat, visit Our Blog: For the Pet Obsessed or send us an email at info@stellaandchewys.com.

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