VetAssist advocates for desexing of family pets and for responsible breeding. We asked Dr Claire from VetAssist to share some information about desexing cats.
Every cat can benefit from desexing. First and foremost, there are health benefits. Desexing a female cat reduces the likelihood that they will suffer from illness and diseases that are more common in undesexed female cats such as mammary cancer and uterine infection (pyometra).
When cats reach adolescence their sex hormones tend to have behavioural effects as well. Cats are more likely to roam - which increases the chance of getting into a fight with another animal, to injury from cars, fences etc and even to getting lost. Females who roam can mate with a partner, which can lead to pregnancy.
Male cats who are not desexed will also develop an increased smell to their urine and tend to spray urine in the house, a trait not well tolerated by even the most ardent cat lovers.