- An average un-neutered cat has 1–8 kittens per litter & 2–3 litters per year, that's upto 2 to 24 kittens per year!
- A single pair of cats & their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just 7 years.
- Very few of them find the resources to stay alive & healthy & often lead a life of struggle.
How is neutering your cat beneficial to their own health & wellbeing?
Neutering or spaying your cat & even strays is beneficial to the animal's well being & improves their quality of life. Here are a list of benefits of neutering your cat explained by our vet friends at CUPA, Bangalore:
- Wild behaviour decreases and cats become calmer over a period of time.
- Stray Cats living outside are possibly attracted by potential mates already inside, this causes territorial fights. Sterilisation prevents fight over resources and mates, therefore directly reducing cat fights.
- Less chances of litters of kittens and therefore, no abandonment of kittens
- Helps reduce the overpopulation of cats in areas with growing numbers
- Reduce unwanted behaviours such as inter-cat aggression between house mates (in pets)
- Reduce roaming in male cats - especially in pet cats
- Reduce the risk of testicular and prostate cancer.
- Reduce the urge for your male cat to spray urine to mark territory - which is a common problem in many household pets.
- In female cats - Decreases Tumour Risk. There's less risk for malignant mammary tumours later in life if a cat is spayed before her first heat.
- Improves overall Life Expectancy in both strays and pets.
- It relieves cats from the constant stresses of finding a mate, pregnancy and looking after several kittens.
- It also increases the feral cat’s lifespan, which otherwise would be a maximum of 2-3 years.
- Most kittens born to feral cats do not survive as they face a life without consistent supply of food. Besides, they could get run over by vehicles or get killed when they crawl under car hoods for warmth.