Anonymous
Anonymous asked in PetsCats · 1 month ago

Should I desex my male cat or female cat?

I have one female , and one male cat. I am thinking to decide either one of them to get desexed for unwanted pregnancy. 

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  • Shay
    Lv 7
    1 month ago
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    First of all, if these are house cats - you will need to do both.

    Here is why:

    A male cat will start spraying to mark their territory.  They just stand, wiggle their tale, and squirt pee on anything behind them.  If you don't want this to happen - you need to get them fixed by the age of five to six months.  If you fix them before they start spraying, they usually will never start.  If you fix them late, then they might still spray even after being fixed.  (btw - the scent of an unneutered male is similar to the scent of a skunk)

    A female cat goes into heat OFTEN and when they are in heat - the yowl ALL DAY and ALL NIGHT.  A female in heat can be one of the most annoying animals.  They will cry and cry and cry trying to attract a male.  And, of course, if she happens to get outside, then the chances of her coming back pregnant are pretty good.

  • Rita
    Lv 6
    1 week ago

    Females. Desexing your cat is the best way to prevent unwanted pregnancies. It is especially important for female cats as it is hard for pet parents to tell when she is in season. However, queens 'on heat' attract a surprising number of interested male cats.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    That all depends. Make up your mind soon. Or you'll have several kittens to care for.

  • keerok
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    If you neuter the male only, the female can mate with another male out there. IT would be better then to neuter the female to prevent pregnancy. Ideally however, as a responsible pet owner, you should have both of them neutered.

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  • 1 month ago

    I very strongly recommend that you have them both neutered, not just one of them.

    Having the female neutered (spayed) is one of the most responsible things a pet owner can do, as it brings multiple benefits, not just preventing unwanted pregnancy:-

    - it greatly reduces the risk of the cat developing breast cancer, and prevents cancers of the female reproductive organs.

    - it prevents them from developing pyometra. This is when the uterus becomes septic and is extremely serious, as the effects can be fatal.

    - it prevents them from hunting and disturbing wildlife more (in order to provide food for the kittens and teach them about hunting), which can result in them being hurt by wildlife if the other animals fight back in self-defense.

    - it prevents tom cats from biting their neck in order to mate, which can potentially result in them contracting serious illnesses like FIV, cat flu, Feline infectious enteritis (FIE) and feline leukemia. Also, if a female cat becomes pregnant, these illnesses can sometimes be passed on to the kittens.

    - it reduces the cat being vocal to other cats. This can attract other tom cats, which can be stressful and disturbing for other neighborhood cats, as well as being an inconvenience to local residents.

    - also know that if a female cat becomes pregnant and has kittens, it's not always like what gets seen in a disney movie, and owners need to be prepared for anything.

    It's also beneficial to have the male cat neutered (castrated) is also one of the most responsible things a pet owner can do, as it also has multiple benefits:-

    - it prevents the cat from developing testicular torsion, and while this condition is rare in cats, it's extremely painful for them. 

    - it protects them against developing testicular cancer.

    - it greatly reduces the risk of prostate disease, especially in later life.

    - it reduces testosterone stimulated aggression, meaning they're less likely to fight with other cats, particularly other uncastrated male cats, and potentially end up hurt and/or contract serious illnesses like FIV and feline leukemia.

    - it prevents them from scent marking with urine, which is extremely smelly. If they do this, the more you clean it up, the more they will continue to do it, in an attempt to put the scent back.

    In both sexes, it also prevents them from straying to find a mate, which can result in the cats being stolen, getting hit by traffic and being maimed or killed, or ending up getting lost a lot more easily. It reduces stress of cats being kept inside all the time if they're used to being able to go outside as well.

    Also know some common myths about neutering i.e.:-

    - there's no medical reason why any cat needs to mate prior to being neutered. This would be like a person being told that they're allowed to have sex once, then after that, never again. What a cat hasn't experienced, they don't know, and what they don't know they won't miss!

    - it's not too expensive. The cost of neutering is often a couple of hundred pounds at most, whereas the costs of caring for kittens can cost thousands of pounds.

    - there's also no medical reason why a female cat needs to have her first heat cycle or have a litter of kittens before being spayed. There's also no medical reason why a male cat needs to sire a litter of kittens before being castrated. This would be like someone being told that they're allowed to have sex once and have one baby, then never again.

    - it's still important for cats who are related to be neutered. While it may not be thought of as appealing, it's 100% very possible cats can mate with relatives and in-breed e.g. with a sibling, parent, child or cousin.

    - it doesn't make them fat. The reason why people sometimes falsely think this is because once they've been neutered, they obviously no longer have the drive to mate, which would burn up some of their energy. However, what makes a cat fat is exactly the same thing as what makes a person fat, more food consumed than burned up, and so is stored as body fat.

    Hope this helps.

  • Andrea
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    Get both of them fixed. Trust me, not only to avoid a pregnancy, but the one who is not fixed will be a pain in your *ss with all sorts of behavioral problems due to remaining intact.

  • 1 month ago

    You should neuter/ spay any pet, unless you're going to breed them

  • 1 month ago

    The correct term for female cats (queens) is spay.  For male cats (toms) it is neuter.  Both your cats should get the appropriate operation for their own health, and to avoid unnecessary pregnancies should either get out

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Living with an unaltered cat of either gender is not only unpleasant, it's likely to ruin your home. 

  • 1 month ago

    For the cat parents who do not want to add more cat members in the family, it is necessary to be done with such procedures. It is helpful in preventing unwanted pregnancies but also aids in mitigating behavioral patterns associated with the sexual coming of age. You can substantially reduce the risk of exposure to certain diseases by spaying your cat at the proper age.

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