Most neutered cats have both behavioural and physical changes, some of which are positive, such as a more peaceful attitude towards other animals, and some of which can be negative if not anticipated, such as weight gain.
After neutering, always on the advice of a vet of course, the most common changes a cat undergoes are as follows:
- It will no longer be in heat. Therefore, there is less need to reproduce and breed and less need to try to escape from home to do so.
- It will improve coexistence with other animals. By neutering them, we will reduce their territorial instinct and, consequently, improve their ability to coexist with other animals without conflict.
- It will stop “marking” the territory. Having less territorial instinct, the cat will not urinate to mark its territory.
- Will be calmer. Neutered cats become calmer and more emotionally balanced due to the lack of hormonal fluctuations, i.e. they do not have as many emotional ups and downs as if they were living with the usual periods of heat.
- Will be less prone to certain pathologies. Sterilisation reduces the risk of testicular and prostate problems (in the case of males). In the case of females, the risk of unwanted pregnancies is avoided, as well as the risk of womb or ovarian problems.
- Appetite will increase. Although they may be calmer, their appetite can, and usually does, increase. It is therefore important to make sure that he does not become obese, as this could put his health at risk.
How to feed a sterilised cat to prevent overweight?
After sterilisation, you will need to change your cat’s diet to adapt it to its new nutritional needs. A tendency to become overweight is common in this new stage of your pet’s life, so it should not eat too much fat.
You should choose a food that is natural and formulated specifically for sterilised cats. An important factor is that the food should be highly palatable (i.e. it should taste good to your cat).
Picart has a complete range of natural and balanced food for sterilised cats, within its line of products Picart Select Cat. With a lower fat content, both Picart’s dry and wet food will help your cat to:
- Good digestion and intestinal transit.
- It will help to avoid the appearance of urinary stones.
- It will help to eliminate hairballs that accumulate in the stomach.
- It will provide him with a sufficient amount of high quality protein.
What else can I do to prevent my cat from becoming obese?
In addition to adapting his food to his new nutritional needs after sterilisation, it is essential that he always has clean, fresh water available. The more he drinks, the better, because it will facilitate diuresis and dilution of urine.
And it is also very important that you motivate your cat to exercise, although in this new stage you will also see that he will have more moments of rest and you must respect them. Play with him, offer him scratching posts, shelters at different heights for him to climb… in short, get him moving and keep him active.