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Why Neuter a Cat?

Updated on April 7, 2017
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Neutering Your Male Cat

There are many advantages to neutering your male cat, and the process is quite safe. You should consider it if your furry feline friend is male and not yet neutered.

It is common for male animals that are not being used for breeding purposes to be castrated, or neutered, so that they can no longer impregnate a female. For cats especially, this is crucial, since there are hundreds of kittens every year that go without homes.

Problems with Un-Neutered Tomcats

Male cats that have not yet been neutered are called tomcats. Simply put, it can be difficult to live with a tomcat, no matter how well trained he may be. When your cat is not neutered, he will want to get outside as frequently as possible to mate with female cats in heat.

This can be disastrous if you live in a busy street with lots of traffic or if your cat is not used to being outdoors. Tomcats also roam a lot, meaning that they may travel far distances in search of female cats, and it is possible for your cat to roam too far and not know his way home. It is also possible for him simply to resist coming home at all, since he will be shut indoors. To protect your male cat, neutering it the best choice.

Keep your unneutered tomcat at home to prevent unwanted pregnancies and a population explosion in your neighborhood.
Keep your unneutered tomcat at home to prevent unwanted pregnancies and a population explosion in your neighborhood. | Source

Tomcats Are More Aggressive

Tomcats also fight and are generally more aggressive than neutered cats. Because they want sexual dominance in a particular area, they may seek fights with other male cats to drive them away. Cats will fight to the death if they feel threatened, and fights cause not only injuries, but also the spread of diseases like the FeLV virus, which can be fatal. Neutering your cat will not stop an aggressive cat from being less aggressive toward humans, but it will prevent your cat from actively seeking fights with other male cats in the neighborhood.

The sound of a cat fight at night comes from toms asserting their territory. Unaltered males often return home with tattered ears or open wounds that require a trip to the vet.

A male cat tends to wander and can be a danger to birds and small wildlife.
A male cat tends to wander and can be a danger to birds and small wildlife. | Source

Tomcats Can Be Escape Artists - Another reason to neuter your male cat

Spay or Neuter Your Cat - Spread the Word with Postage Stamps

With every letter you send, you share your dedication to stopping animal overpopulation. The sad plight of abandoned and unwanted cats is a crying shame. Educate your friends and family about the need to keep their pets from reproducing.

Simple Neutering Procedure Will Remove The Male Reproductive Organs - of the cat

Instead of a vasectomy for male cats, a simple neutering procedure is done. That procedure removes the male reproductive organs, which are easily accessible in most tomcats.

Sometimes, more extensive surgery is required, because the organs have not developed and descended correctly. The removal of these causes the a change in male hormones through a cat's body, thus changing the cat's behavior. Sterilization is not sufficient, because the cat won't notice the difference. It wouldl still seek to fight and mate. Consult with your veterinarian for more information about this procedure. It is recommended for any cat, since there are already too many homeless cats in the world.

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      Susanna Duffy 3 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      All of my tomcats have been neutered at 6 months.It's the best way to care for them

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I definitely believe that this is a good idea. We used to have several stray Tom's where we lived years ago, and aside from their aggressiveness, the crying at night from them was terrible. Fortunately these days we just have to deal with other annoying local cats messing in our garden.

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      I surely believe in neutering the male cat and have found myself in a quandry since I moved into my house ... I feed a black tom cat and an orange tabby ... both are very male. And, they both have their packages ... and are spraying ... so I assume they need to be neutered. However, the black cat is a neighbor's cat that roams freely. I believe the orange is not claimed by anybody.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Nicely done lens on a topic that cat owners should definitely educate themselves on. Stay blessed! :)

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      LisaDH 6 years ago

      We moved into a neighborhood where a woman had died, leaving her three cats to fend for themselves. By the time we moved in, there was a feral colony of 20 cats. That's why it's so important to spay and neuter your pets.

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      Senditondown 6 years ago from US

      Thank you for your voice in this. Too many cats are tossed by the wayside. Also folks don't realize the safety issues involved for an un-neutered male.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Great lens and very informative. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      As a child, I had mostly tomcats that wandered in and out whenever they pleased. As an adult, most of my cats were female and all were "fixed" at the vet.

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      kpcwriting 6 years ago

      Interesting article - never really knew the benefits of neutering male cats before reading. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Stopping back to nod my head once again in total agreement with with on the importance of neutering male very well stated!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I had my male cat neutered as soon as he was old enough. Great job of explaining why it is so important!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      In April my chihuahua gets his. Different experience, perhaps.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Always love your beautiful animal lenses. This cat lens is so cool and wonderful. 5 stars for you again :) Have a wonderful times ;)

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      Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

      I love how beautiful your lenses are. You are the only person I know who can make neutering a cat look attractive :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have to agree that neutering is an important thing to do for cats, and the population. There are too many dollars being spent on unwanted cats and animal charities (that could be going to help people in need).

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      Susan Deppner 9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Very important information with some adorable kitties in between. Well done!

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      Lee Hansen 9 years ago from Vermont

      Is it common for neutered felines (male or female) to spray? Nice lens, good points for the cause.

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      kellywissink lm 9 years ago

      Welcome to the Squidoo 50 Lens Club.

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      kellywissink lm 9 years ago

      Welcome to the Squidoo 50 Lens Club.

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      WritingforYourW 9 years ago

      With times tough, people certainly don't need any mouths to feed. Neutering is the responsible way to keep the population down.

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      Delia 9 years ago

      neutering should be mandetory, it is being an irresponsible pet owner not to....lensrolled you to my Feral Kitty lens...5*

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      nightbear lm 9 years ago

      A male cat is really much happier, more calm and able to focus better, I think it is the humane thing to do. If you are planning to breed your cat on purpose, that is one thing, but otherwise get him neutered.

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      Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      At what age can this procedure be done?

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      heehaw lm 9 years ago

      i prefer to leave them alone, well thats nature, people should take more concern on taking care of those homeless cats.Not forgetting when there is cat around, you dont see rats around hehe!

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      Cool lens. Our cat Lucky is male. We need to get him neutered I guess and soon.