Many cat owners have these questions about neutering their cats:
- Should I sterilise my cat?
- Is neutering the same as castration?
- When is the best time to sterilise a cat?
- Are there any contraindications?
- How much does it cost to sterilise a cat?
In today’s article we are going to answer all these questions, so that you can make this decision wisely and learn all the details about spaying and neutering cats.
Should I sterilise my cat?
To answer this question, you should first answer these other questions:
- Do I want to prevent unwanted pregnancies in my cat?
- Do I want to reduce the chances of my cat suffering from diseases such as leukaemia, urine infection or breast cancer?
- Do I want my cat to be less likely to run away from home?
If the answer to these three questions is yes, then you should have your cat sterilised. Because those are the main benefits of sterilising, in addition to other benefits such as more affectionate behaviour and, in some cases, stopping urine spraying to mark his territory.
Is it the same sterilisation than castration?
No, sterilisation is not the same as castration. And both procedures, depending on the method and timing, can have an impact on your cat’s health and behaviour. The reproductive behaviour of cats is not the same as that of dogs or other pets, as it is highly complex.
We will explain in a simple way what the differences are between sterilisation and castration of a cat:
What is sterilisation?
Sterilising consists of eliminating the cat’s reproductive capacity, but not its sexual activity. In other words, your cat will not be able to have kittens, but it will have oestrus and other attitudes related to its reproductive instinct, such as meowing, running away, urinating…
This is because sterilising, which can be chemical or surgical, does not include the removal of the sexual organs. Spaying a female cat involves tubal ligation and sterilising a male cat involves a vasectomy.
What is castration?
Castration is the removal of a cat’s reproductive organs (ovaries in females and testicles in males).
Castration does have an effect on the cat’s behaviour, as it eliminates testosterone secretion, preventing territorial and aggressive behaviour, running away from home and marking territory with urine. In the case of female cats, it prevents unwanted pregnancies, eliminates oestrus and prevents infections, tumours of the breast, womb or ovaries.
It is recommended to do this between 5 and 7 months of age and never during a period of ovulation. It is very important to choose the most appropriate time to ensure a better recovery of the cat and not to put its health at risk. Without a doubt, the vet’s vision will be essential to choose the best time for neutering your cat.
Are there any contraindications to sterilising a cat?
Apart from the discomfort of surgery, everything depends on the physical condition and character of your cat. It is best to discuss your cat’s specific case with your veterinarian.
Sterilising can lead to problems such as urinary incontinence or obesity. It will be important to follow an appropriate diet, low in fat but with a sufficient supply of nutrients, such as Picart Select Cat Sterilised, a complete and balanced food.
It is not recommended to castrate dominant and aggressive cats or those with thyroid problems.
How much does it cost to sterilising a cat?
The price for castration or sterilisation will depend on many factors, such as whether you are eligible for subsidies from the local council, promotions from your chosen veterinary centre… but it is usually between €80 and €200. Your vet will be your best advisor in this decision!