Some are convinced that one should wait at least until the animal is sexually mature before neutering a cat. Others are of the opinion that the intervention should be carried out beforehand as part of a so-called early castration.
Have the cat neutered: which age is correct?
Most cats become sexually mature between the ages of 6 and 10 months. Hangovers tend to be a little late. They usually reach sexual maturity between 8 and 10 months.
However, at the latest when the cat loses sleep to its neighbors or the cat begins to mark while it is in the lurch, it can no longer be denied that the animal is in puberty. Then many cat owners go to the vet with their parlor tiger to make an appointment for castration.
In principle there is nothing wrong with it. However, there can be nasty surprises for owners of several cats or free-litter owners if they don't want four-legged offspring and the cat has become sexually mature unnoticed.
Advantages of castration before sexual maturity
Castration before sexual maturity has advantages and disadvantages. Proponents of early castration believe that a cat's need to be ready to be castrated does not have to be waited for. They see the prevention of unwanted offspring as a decisive advantage. This is particularly important for free-range animals and animals with siblings.
In some animals (for example, many that were born in winter), sexual maturity begins at the age of 3 to 4 months, i.e. much earlier than normal. Advocates of early castration therefore recommend that the surgery be carried out in cats with 4 months and in cats with 5 to 10 months.
If castration is not performed before sexual maturity, owners run the risk that their velvet paw will reproduce in an uncontrolled manner. Kittens are cute in themselves, but not all animals always find a home. The result: you end up in the shelter or live as a stray animal.
Another advantage of pre-sexual castration is that it reduces the risk of certain diseases, such as mammary tumors in cats.
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Disadvantages of early castration in cats
Opponents of the early intervention argue that the young animal may not yet be fully developed and may remain smaller than its counterparts as disadvantages. Kittens who are neutered very early often look untypical of cats.
In addition, these hangovers are said to have an increased risk of developing urinary stones because the urinary tract can still be poorly developed. Due to the lack of sexual maturity, the animals often remain a little more playful and kitty than their peers. However, this does not have to be a disadvantage.
The right time: a decision by the veterinarian
The age at which sexual maturity occurs varies from animal to animal. The urgency of castration must be assessed individually depending on the housing conditions. Your veterinarian can give you the best advice for an ideal appointment, taking into account his experience, after examining the animal and assessing the respective requirements. So seek him out as soon as possible!