Untruthful information is often disseminated about castration and sterilization of animals. Will the cat get fat, sad or catch mice after castration. Let's look at all the common myths, the debunking of which proves that the behavior of a cat, if it changes, is only for the better.
Myths and misconceptions about castration
For convenience, we will divide all common, but false statements about castration of cats into categories. Some of them are obvious, others suggest the presence of deep knowledge in the physiology of cats.
Myth number 1 - castration and sterilization are one and the same. Cats are neutered and cats are sterilized. Why castrate, if sterilized.
We deliberately combined the three myths into one, since they all relate to a basic understanding of the procedure for controlling the sexual instincts of pets. So, castration and sterilization are different concepts and procedures.
- Castration cat or cat - removal of the uterus and ovaries in a cat, testicles in a cat.
- Sterilizing a cat or cat - ligation of the spermatic cord in a cat, ligation or dissection of the fallopian tubes in a cat.
The concept of sterilization includes all methods and means leading to sterility, i.e. barrenness. This also includes the so-called drug bio-sterilization - hormonal injection, which artificially and only temporarily, keeps the hormonal background of the cat normal.
- Getting offspring.
- Hormonal disruptions.
- Behavioral changes during sexual hunting - screaming, aggression, furniture scratching.
- Labels during sexual hunting - if the animal has been castrated in adult return, sexual habits may persist for another 6-12 months. Some cats continue to mimic the urine labeling process for a longer time.
It is proved that castration reduces the risk of cancer with males and females, while cats have completely eliminated the risk of purulent endometritis. Surgical sterilization excludes only pregnancy in cats and fecundity in cats.
Myth number 2 - Castration is a complex and dangerous operation that is difficult to tolerate by animals, especially females.
Castration has long been considered a regular procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. The methods of the operation differ, if you do not go into details, then you can call the following types:
- Castration using standard dissection - a scalpel, threads are used, everything is as they used to think and do.
- Castration with a Cauter (Electrosurgery) - reduces blood loss, the joints are fused, and several seams of the thread are applied over the adhesion (for fixation).
- Laparoscopic approach - castration of females and males is performed through a puncture in the skin.
Note! With castration of cats, even with the traditional method, sutures are rarely sutured.
Myth number 3 - after castration, a cat needs a very complicated care and many injections.
Care is really needed, or rather, control in the first day after leaving anesthesia. To prevent the cat from licking the seam, a surgical collar is used. Depending on the method of operation, the animal may be prescribed a course of antibiotics and restorative therapy for intestinal microflora. Otherwise, if the operation went without complications, special care is not required.
Myth number 4 - the cat will look unnatural or feel inferior without the testes.
The cat will feel discomfort for several hours after the operation - this is true. Typically, animals are given prolonged-acting painkillers and provide rest. After 12-20 hours, your pet will feel and behave as usual. If you are very confused by the lack of testes, a reduced scrotum or other features of a castrated cat ... for a fee, the veterinarian will put silicone implants in the pet's scrotum.
Myth number 5 - castration changes the character and upsets the cat, but hormonal pills are safe.
This myth contrasts falsehood and truth. It has been established and proven by experience that hormonal pills lead to the development of diseases of the genitourinary system in animals, regardless of gender. If the cat marks, the pills will not save from this "habit" and smell. Regular use of hormonal drugs for an uncastrated cat almost always leads to testicular cancer.
Myth number 6 - that the cat was healthy, he needs to mate before castration.
When it comes to cats, they say that she needs to give birth for health. Veterinarians and experienced cat owners get stuck every time they hear a similar argument. Here, even the message is unclear, since over the decades of the development of veterinary medicine it has not been possible to find out how useful are mating, and especially birth. Knitting for a cat is stress, a hormonal surge, uncomfortable and even pain After mating, the male is depressed, and if it was the first and last mating in his life, the hormonal background will have to be rebuilt again. There are no positive aspects in uncontrolled mating either, since the cat will also have to fight for the female.
Myth number 7 - after castration, the cat will become bold (gain weight).
If you do not follow the pet’s nutrition and pay attention to its physical development, the cat will gain weight without castration - this is a fact. When it comes to obesity of castrated cats, the fact is often not voiced that after removing the testes, the pet becomes calmer and does not spend energy on sexual drive. Simply put, a pet eats the same amount, but spends less energy, so its diet needs to be adjusted. In addition, many owners have a habit of pouring food with a mountain and waiting for the cat to eat it.
Important! A castrated cat no longer worries about his sexual issues and turns his attention to other, natural interests - eating is one of them. This myth cannot be called completely false, because cats whose food is not controlled can really overeat and gain weight.
Myth number 8 - the cat will not catch mice and will become lazy.
If the cat caught mice before castration, he will continue to do so after the operation. Moreover, the castrated cat needs to switch his interests, so he will pay more attention and effort to hunting. Cats are hunters by nature - everyone knows this, but not many people know that some wild cats are not destined to mate and bear offspring. To hunt, that is, to get food, they do not stop from this.
Myth number 9 - the cat will not play.
The experience of thousands of owners of castrated cats suggests the opposite. After the procedure, the pets become more playful, affectionate and sociable. Many owners say that their pets began to behave like kittens again.
Myth number 10 - after castration, the cat will suffer from depression.
The cat will suffer from stress and, possibly, depression, if it does not find a female during sexual hunting, this is true. When a cat is neutered, his body is rebuilt. The pet no longer needs to look for a partner and this question does not bother him at all.
Interesting! Scientists have proved that cats do not enjoy sexual intercourse, they obey instincts and no more.