Neutering & Spaying Your Scottish Fold
Spaying & Neutering has recently become more popular across the globe. Even so there is still a large portion of the cat population that is not altered. The question of whether or not you should spay/neuter your cat is a tough one and has no easy answer.
There are pros and cons in both situations and all depends on what do you want. In some countries/states you are forced by law to alter your cat.
Why Should You Neuter Your Fold
Neutering your fold is considered to be a beneficial practice in terms of health and longevity. It is also going to make your life easier since you won’t have to deal with all the behaviours and by-products of sexual maturation.
Neutering your cat will minimize any aggression the animal might have. It will also suppress the territorial and sexual instincts. Sexual behaviour can become really annoying for indoor cats and dangerous for the outdoor ones.
Of course there are the obvious reasons such as disease and unwanted litter avoidance.
When Should You Neuter Your Fold
This is a tough question as well, some vets advice towards early neutering (3~4 Months), while others advise towards later neutering (5 ~ 7 months). The question is tough to answer because both situations have their disadvantages.
In general it is safer for the animal to do the procedure after 5th month of age, when the organs are more mature. If you don’t mind waiting that long it is better to do so.
As we have discussed in previous articles Scottish folds are susceptible to polycystic kidney disease. Early neutering can damage the kidneys therefore increasing the chances for the disease to occur.
One more reason to aim for late neutering is that your fold will have the chance to develop the traits related to its sex. Not completely, but at least to some extend girls will be more feminine and boys more masculine. In early neutering there is also a chance that your cat may preserve juvenile behaviours in adult life as well.
Scottish Fold Neutering Aftermath
Neutering your cat is a standard procedure for modern veterinarians. Speak with your vet and make an appointment for spaying or neutering. You should follow his/her advices for the period after the procedure.
A collar for your cat might be suggested to avoid picking the wound. You should also adjust the food quantity since the altered cats need less food to maintain ideal body weight.
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