If you adopt your new cat from a shelter or rescue, the shelter will typically already have the cat neutered, but if you have found a stray, purchase a cat from a breeder, or picked a free cat from your local paper, you’ll have to make the decision when to neuter him.
- It may increase affection.
- It can prevent loud, persistent calling for mates.
- It should reduce aggression.
- It reduce ‘roaming’ where male cats will search for a mate.
- It may decrease the likelihood of his getting into fights with other cats.
- It should prevent indoor spraying.
- It will reduce unwanted litters and excessive feral cats/kittens.
Male cats are not sexually active until they are about 6 months old, which is when most veterinarians will neuter cats.
There are some vets who will perform an early neuter. There is no proof of negative consequences of early neutering, but not all vets find it safe.
What’s the Process?
The process is rather simple. The cat must fast overnight, so that he undergoes surgery on an empty stomach. The scrotum is opened with a small incision and the testicles are taken out. The cords are pulled free and either tied to each other or sutured to tie the cords to cut the testicles free. The incision is generally quite small, so surgical glue is all that is needed to close the wound.
How Much Does it Cost?
A typical neuter will cost about $100 to $150 depending on your veterinarian. The total cost generally includes, the pre-anesthesia exam, anesthesia, the surgery, and any medications such as penicillin and pain meds that the vet may prescribe.
If you cannot afford to neuter your male cat, try looking around for a low-cost vet, or consult a local shelter to see if they can assist with the fees. Many veterinarians will offer specials throughout the year, and some shelters will offer a coupon for their vet or a veterinarian that they use.