If you have just brought home a male kitten, you want to be sure you are prepared to care for it properly. This means getting it vaccinated and having it neutered. If you are new to owning cats, then you may be on the fence when it comes to having your cat fixed, because you may not understand the benefits of neutering cats. Read this article to get a clearer picture of why neutering is so important.
There will be less chances of your cat spraying
Male cats will often spray to mark their territory. This is different than when they urinate, so it won't be contained in the litter box. Instead, it will be on things like the walls, the furniture, the carpeting and anywhere else where they get the urge to spray.
It is strong and foul smelling, as well as very hard to clean without leaving a lingering smell. Even outside cats can be a nuisance when they spray the tyres of your car, your flower pots and anywhere else where you will smell it. Most times, if you neuter a kitten before it starts spraying, you can prevent them from ever doing so.
You can prevent your cat from getting in fights
If you plan on letting your cat outside, then you want to prepare for them getting in a lot of fights if you don't have them neutered. Your cat will be competing with the other unneutered cats in the neighborhood for territory and females. When cats fight, it can get very violent and lead to lots of visits to the veterinarian office for treatment of injuries.
It will be easier to keep your cat inside
If you plan on keeping your cat as an inside house cat, then you will have a much easier time keeping them in the house if they are neutered. Otherwise, they will try to get outside any chance they can get when there is a female cat nearby that happens to be in heat. Sometimes, unneutered males can be so determined to escape that they can destroy parts of your home in the process, such as the window screens and screen doors.
You won't be contributing to the cat population
When your cat isn't neutered, it can father a lot of kittens, adding to a population that's already out of control. If your cat fathers kittens with a stray female, then the kittens can be feral, and this means they will be fearful of humans and won't be able to find homes.
For more information about neutering your cat, visit your local veterinary hospital.