Desexing male cats- the advantages
There are many advantages to desexing male cats.
1) Lower the feral cat population
- A male cat reaches puberty at 6 months of age.
- A successful mating can result in large litters- sometimes 8 or more kittens
- For every kitten that finds a home, one kitten somewhere else will not
There are approximately 12 million feral cats in Australia
Recent publicity has shown the serious problems feral cats cause in our National Parks with 99% of them being "dumped " as unwanted kittens.
2) Prevent urine spraying
A male tom cat sprays urine in and around a home to mark his territory.
3) Prevent wandering
Tom cats search over large areas to find a female in season, often becoming victims to an encounter with a motor vehicle or another tom cat.
4) Reduce fighting and spread of disease
Desexing reduces fighting between male cats over territories or female cats in season. Fights often lead to visits to the Vet for treatment of wounds or abscesses. Many diseases are spread between cats during a fight when blood is spilled. Some of the more common ones are:
- Cat Flu
- Feline Aids Virus
- Feline Leukaemia Virus
THE BEST AGE FOR DESEXING CATS
Cats reach puberty by 6 months. The best time to desex is 5 months of age