Dr. Jennifer Creed, the owner of the cattery Midwest Ragdolls, is an experienced veterinarian. In her practice, Dr. Jennifer Creed routinely performs spay and neuter procedures.
Neutering a male cat not only protects the cat’s health but helps to reduce unwanted behaviors. A neutered cat is significantly less prone to spraying, a sexual response typical of non-castrated males, and is much less likely to roam when he senses a female in heat.
Furthermore, because aggression stems from the production of testosterone and other male hormones, neutering most often inhibits such tendencies. This can in turn lead to fewer injuries over the cat’s lifetime, as the aggressive impulse often prompts male cats to fight one another to defend their territory.
Another benefit of neutering is the prevention of testicular cancer and other conditions of the male reproductive system. Similarly, as neutering limits the breeding population of cats overall, the procedure can foster greater health in the next generation by limiting the transmission of diseases that have a genetic component. And finally, neutering helps to reduce the number of unwanted pets born, so that more resources and homes are available overall.