Cat fact: breeding is easy; re-homing is extremely difficult. There are always more kittens than homes for them. Welfare organisations and veterinarians will tell you that thousands of cats and kittens have to be euthanased every year because there is no-one to give them a home.
There is nothing humane about having your life ended when it has just begun. By sterilising your cat you are being a responsible owner and preventing this from happening.
Kittens that aren’t euthanised may even end up being drowned, thrown on a rubbish or fed to dogs. Animal rescue organisations have many horror stories to tell. Even if you think you’ll find homes for your kittens how sure are you that the homes you find will be as good as your own? By sterilising, you need not worry about this.
Most importantly, sterilisation impacts on the spread of feline diseases and on injuries:
- Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is becoming a bigger and bigger threat to our cats and even though it does not cause immediate death, it does lead to a shortening of life expectancy. The two main ways of transmitting the disease is through sex and fighting. By sterilisation you reduce the risk dramatically.
- Feline Leukaemia Virus (FELV) is a ‘friendly’ cat disease. The more cats you have in an area the more likely it is to spread. By sterilising you decrease the numbers of cats and make them less likely to wander and pick up the disease.
- Cats that are not sterilised are more likely to get into fights with other cats and dogs; they are also more likely to get caught on fences, resulting in big vet bills. By sterilising this behaviour will be diminished.
- Most mating occurs at night. Cats will travel long distances for mating which may put them in danger of being hit by cars, resulting in large vet accounts and lots of needless suffering by your pet.
- By sterilising your cat you decrease the incidence of uterine and mammary carcinoma (cancer).
- Unsterilised males mark their territory with urine due to hormones; this eventually becomes a habit and even neutering does not stop it. Making sure that your male cats are neutered early ensures that this habit does not develop.
The negatives of sterilisation
You can no longer breed with your pet and males do not develop a large head. That’s it! Those are the only real negatives.