Everything you need to know about Desexing your Cat
Desexing of the male and female cat can be performed from around five months of age. This reduces the number of unwanted kittens born, thus reducing the stray cat population and the number of kittens which must be destroyed every day by organizations like the SPCA. It is recommended as part of your responsibility as a pet owner to Desex your animal.
Desexing your female cat reduces the risk of breast cancer and stops ovarian, uterine and cervical cancer. It also ensures Pyometra (infected uterus) does not occur. This condition occasionally occurs in non-desexed female cats and can only be treated by surgical removal of the infected uterus which is difficult and places the animals in unnecessary danger. This will also prevent the ‘heat’ period (oestrus) during which the cat is actively seeking and calling males. Constant crying, attempting to escape the house (i.e. climbing up the walls) and intense agitation occur at this time.
Cats come ‘into season’ every three weeks or so until mated. Your cat will first come into season between six and twelve months of age. It will make no difference to the personality of your cat if she has a litter of kittens. Desexing the male reduces territorial behavior characteristics such as spraying or marking his territory including your good carpets, furniture, curtains etc. It also reduces the incidence of fighting as there is no urge to answer calling females.