This is a guest post from a guest author: AJ Henry
As a pet owner, neutering or spaying your cat is one of the things you can do to ensure that your pet leads a happy and healthy life. That explains why many pet owners are considering this procedure, unlike in the past when they used to be reserved.
Part of the reason why most folks were conservative about the procedure had to do with the many myths and lies that were being peddled around. Luckily, this primer seeks to provide with facts about the surgical procedure. Here are eight myth-busting truths about cat neutering.
Myth 4. I can no longer have kittens.
Apparently, neutering prevents your cat from producing kittens. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t take care of kittens anymore. There are thousands of cats in different shelters all over the country, and the last thing you want to do is increase the high number of cats.
You always have the choice to adopt one if you want another cat. Go to a local pet shelter and volunteer to play with the adaptable furry babies. Adopting is much better and more cost-effective than allowing your cat to produce a group of, at least, three kittens.
Myth 3. Neutering emasculates my cat.
The procedure doesn’t emasculate your cat in any way. It doesn’t make him any less ‘’manly.’’ Neutering does the complete opposite.
The procedure ensures your cat is loved, healthy, and safe. Actually, some of the health benefits of neutering your cat include decreased the risk of conditions related to the reproductive organs and a much better feline behavior.
Myth 2. Neutering isn’t necessary for cats that always stay indoors.
Is your pet always stuck indoors with you? If yes, then you can rest assured that he may not be getting an adequate amount of socialization or exercise. Neutering your cat brings with it many other benefits.
For instance, it prevents him from experiencing an accidental litter. Spaying your female cat drastically reduces risks of mammary cancer, which can be life-threatening.
For the male cats, the procedure mitigates the risk of inflammation of the prostate and testicular cancer.
Myth 1. Neutering is highly costly.
Caring for your pet can be quite costly. That is for sure. However, you don’t have to break the bank to neuter your cat. Spaying or neutering costs vary hugely. They depend on countless factors such as where you live. In some states, the costs are lower compared to others.
Fortunately, countless programs to help you neuter your pet at a discount exist. This resource by ASPCA is handy at guiding you where you can find a pocket-friendly program within your area.
The important thing to know is that neutering costs are lower than the costs of not having your pet undergo the procedure. To give you an idea, the neutering costs shared by Cost Figures range from $50 to $100.
Myth 5. I want my cat to be more protective of itself.
The protective nature of a cat is influenced more by the environment and genetics than by sex hormones. That is the sweetest truth.
Myth 6. Neutering makes my cat fatter.
Some pet owners are normally worried that neutering their cats will make them gain weight. If you’re one of them, then you shouldn’t worry about the weight gain.
You can manage your cat’s weight by providing it with nutritious meals and letting it do plenty of exercises. If possible, make sure that you give your cat high-protein foods in appropriate portions. Exercise and diet, not neutering, affect your pet’s weight.
Myth 7. Neutering causes unnecessary pain.
There’s no pet owner that desires his or her pet to be in pain. There’s absolutely no need to worry when it comes to this surgery. The good thing is that vets boast a wealth of experience in performing this procedure.
Before the surgery, a vet will give your pet some pain medications to alleviate any form of discomfort during and after the medical process. The only thing you need to do is work with a reputable and experienced vet.
Myth 8. Neutering will change my cat’s personality.
This is a myth that many opponents of the procedure have been peddling for quite some time now. The truth of the matter is that it’s completely unfounded. The procedure never changes the personality of your cat.
What happens is that you’ll notice a less roaming or dominating behavior. This is completely normal. Generally, your cat’s playful personality will remain the same.
Of great importance to note is that neutering your cat serves life. Don’t immediately believe what you hear or read. It is always best to seek a professional’s advice and make the decision once you have understood everything. Neutering your cat must be thought of carefully; it shouldn’t only be for the welfare of the community but for the cat as well.