Unless your cat's an incredible example of his breed whose genes deserve to be passed on, there's every advantage to neutering with no downside. Not only will you stop him from adding to the feline overpopulation problem, he's likely to become an even better pet after his surgery.
If you're concerned about the actual surgical procedure, lay your fears to rest. It's not only one of the most common feline surgeries performed, it's also one of the simplest. After your cat undergoes anesthesia, the vet makes an incision in your pet's scrotum and removes each testicle. For Fluffy, recovering from the anesthesia might be the hardest part of the operation. He can go home the same day. Some male cats might be out of sorts for a few days, while others act like nothing happened. Another plus: he'll never suffer from testicular cancer.
Intact male cats mark their territory to let other males know it's their turf. Guess how they do this? That's right, by spraying urine around their territorial boundaries. Unless you want your house to smell like eau de cat pee, neutering your cat before he reaches sexual maturity will nip this problem in the bud, as he probably won't start it. Even if Fluffy has already decided to stink up the place, there's a 90 percent chance he'll stop once he's fixed, according to VeterinaryPartner.com.
Outdoor neutered cats are far less likely to roam. Why should they? They have no interest in looking for females, which is why tomcats roam all over the place. Even if your tomcat lives inside, he'll want to get out and find girlfriends, so you're always exercising fancy footwork to keep him from running out the door. If he does escape, if and when he comes back he might be quite the worse for wear, because tomcats fight. Your neutered cat wants to hang around and keep you company.
Not only does a neutered cat have little urge to fight, especially not over females, but he's less likely to pick up possibly fatal diseases spread by cat bites. These include feline leukemia and the feline immunodeficiency virus, a sort of feline AIDS. He's also less likely to suffer from abscesses, bite wounds infected with bacteria. Your pretty kitty won't look like a beat-up tomcat, possibly missing parts of his ears or other anatomy lost in fights.
Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, she has been published in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.