Congratulations, you’ve just adopted an adorable little kitten! After bringing your new kitten home, you’ll need to set an appointment with your veterinarian. We recommend that you visit the Catonsville Cat Clinic to have your female kitten spayed or male kitten neutered before they are 5 months old. There are several benefits to getting your kitten neutered or spayed early on.
Keep Cat Populations Manageable
Cats can actually become sexually mature by as young as 4 months, and it’s difficult for owners to tell when a cat will go into its first heat. Even if you have an indoor cat, there’s a chance that it could escape and contribute to ever-growing cat populations before it is safely returned home. A single female cat has the capacity to have 18 kittens per year, leading her to be responsible for 20,000 descendants over just 5 years! Getting your kitten neutered or spayed early helps to keep the stray cat population down and decreases shelter overcrowding.
Prevent Serious Health Conditions
Female cats who are not spayed can suffer from a potentially fatal uterine infection called pyometra later in life. If a female cat who harbors an infectious disease gets pregnant, she can pass on the infection to her kittens. Basically, female cats are at risk of some pretty nasty health conditions if they don’t get spayed.
Even male cats are at risk of developing some health conditions if not neutered. Both male and female cats can develop certain cancers–specifically, mammary tumors for females–if not neutered or spayed before their first heat cycle.
Control Bad Kitty Behaviors
One of the most noticeable benefits of getting your kitten neutered or spayed is that your kitten will have much more polite manners!
When your cat is in heat, their raging hormones encourage some very unwanted behaviors. Cats that are not neutered or spayed are likely to try escaping the house to wander when they are in heat. A cat that cannot escape the house when in heat will often roam through the house making a very loud yowls at very inconvenient times of night in order to attract a mate. Male cats will mark their territory inside the house with their (very pungent!) urine.
Getting your kitten neutered or spayed early is the wisest choice for both you and your kitten! This is also a great time to make sure your kitten is up-to-date on all of their vaccinations. Schedule your appointment today!
Get in Touch with the Catonsville Cat Clinic!
For 20 years, the Catonsville Cat Clinic has been providing quality veterinary care to the cats of Catonsville and beyond! Dr. Pam Nesbitt, who purchased the practice in July of 2011, runs the Catonsville Cat Clinic with compassion in mind. A team of professionals with an advanced level of veterinary medicine is at your service to make sure your cat is healthy and happy. So stop on by; we’d love to get to know you and your cat!
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