Castration (Neuter) in cats
Castration is the surgical removal of the testicles. When a cat is castrated just before sexual maturity at 6-8 months of age, the cat’s sexual instincts are reduced, and the cat becomes sterile. Fighting and night prowling, common in intact male cats, are largely eliminated. However, castrated cats may still want to go outdoors to hunt. The objectionable urine odor of the male cat is also reduced.
The operation is performed under general anesthesia. Recovery is generally uneventful, the hospital stay is short, and aftercare is minimal.
Important considerations before and after surgery
- Your cat should be free of intestinal parasites (worms), and all vaccinations should be current before surgery.
- Do not feed your cat for 12 hours before admittance for surgery.
- Restrict your cat’s activity for a few days after surgery.
- Suture removal is not necessary as they are placed under the skin.
- Exercise should be restricted for the first week following the procedure.
- The doctor will inform you of any necessary diet changes based on your cat’s age and surgery recovery.
Notify the doctor if any of the following occur:
- Your cat’s urine is bloody.
- Your cat vomits or is reluctant to eat.
- Your cat seems depressed or lethargic.
- The incision bleeds.
- The surgical site swells.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will this prevent or stop my cat from spraying once neutered?
- For the most part, as testosterone levels decrease the likelihood of spraying also decreases.
- In rare instances, spraying by neutered males or females can occur usually due to the cat being outside the house.
Will it make my cat fat and lazy?
No. Obesity is due to excessive calorie intake. Weight can be controlled with proper feeding and exercise.
Will it change his disposition, personality, or intelligence?
Cats’ personalities do not fully develop until about 1 year of age. If there is a personality change after spaying at an early age, it would have occurred without surgery.
Will he want to stay inside after being neutered?
Neutering will have little impact on your cat’s willingness to stay inside.