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Should I Spay or Neuter My Cat?

A “fix” for pet health and unwanted litters

Overview

To protect their well-being and help control pet overpopulation, cats should be spayed or neutered by the time they are six months old. These procedures have additional health benefits as well.

Female cats

An obvious benefit of spaying is to prevent unwanted pregnancies; but the procedure can help prevent cancer of the reproductive system and reduces uterine infections later in life, especially if performed before the cat’s first heat cycle.

Male cats

Neutering can help prevent cancer of the testicles. Neutered male cats are also no longer agitated by female cats in heat. Neutering also reduces “marking,” that is, spraying their urine.

Neutered male cats may also roam less, which has the added benefit of being less likely to get lost or become involved in territorial fights.