When to castrate a cat is a very important question that often arises among the owners of these animals. The most suitable age is closer to 12-14 months. The later the cat is castrated, the better for the animal, but castration at the age of 6-7 months can lead to the fact that the development of the genital organs does not reach a normal level. This can cause problems with urination.
The main indication of when it is better to castrate a cat is his sexual activity, which he begins to show as early as the age of six months. If it is not planned to use the animal as a producer, then the pet's sexual needs become quite a big problem for its owners. A domestic cat, like a street cat, marks its territory under the influence of instinct, as a result of which a persistent smell of cat urine appears in the room. Sometimes the sexual activity of a cat can lead to a tragic outcome. For example, in search of a partner, a cat may escape from the house through an open door, jump out of a window or from a balcony. As a result, he may be injured or even die, or get lost and not return home.
After the castration operation, the cat usually stops marking the territory. But if he has ever had matings, or he is older than a year and a half, it is impossible to guarantee that the cat will stop marking the territory, the probability still remains. In the case when it is possible to castrate the cat on time, you can count on the absence of "marks". In the spring, the cat will also stop screaming, and will be less aggressive. The lifespan of a castrated animal is longer, and playfulness and active behavior are preserved. In addition, castration protects the cat from various feline infections and diseases associated with the genitourinary system. I must say that about 70% of non-neutered cats are susceptible to such diseases.
So, the moment has come when you need to castrate the cat. You need to prepare in advance. First of all, you need to conduct an examination of the animal by a veterinarian, who will give an opinion on when it is possible to castrate a cat, and when such an operation is not recommended. The owner of the animal needs twenty days before the operation to treat existing infections and expel parasites. The day before, you need to wash your pet with antiseptic shampoo, do not feed twelve hours before the operation, and do not drink five hours before.
After the castration operation, the animal does not require any special care, but given that anesthesia is used during the operation, you just need to be a little more attentive to your pet. Before the animal returns to normal life, sometime, and during this period it is necessary to ensure that, in order to avoid injuries when falling, the cat does not jump high. But a cat after castration will no longer run away from home, will not scream, spoil furniture and mark territory.
When it is too late to castrate a cat or it is impossible for medical reasons, it remains only to provide him with regular mating and stock up on special deterrents to avoid the appearance of the next "marks".