STERILIZATION OR CASTRATION?
We always talk about sterilizing a cat, but that is not really what we do. We castrate them. Sterilization literally means ‘to make an animal sterile’. We could ligature the ovaries or vessels without removing the source of the hormones (ovaries or testiness). In veterinarian medicine the reason why we castrate is the consequence of these hormones. This is why we remove the ovaries or testiness totally, and castrate males or females.
If you don’t want to breed with your cat, our advice is to have her sterilized between an age of 4-6 months. This is earlier than it used to be, but researches have shown that cats of this age recover quicker and don’t have much trouble from the procedure. When this early castration is done, the risk of getting mammary tumors is significantly lower. These tumors are almost always malign. There are no disadvantages about this procedure.
It is almost impossible to keep a non-castrated cat at home, because they have the urge to mark everything in their territory with urine. Also they can show behavior we (as humans) despite. If they do go outside, non-castrated cats fight a lot more, with all consequences. Our advice is to have them castrated. You can do this when they have reached an age of 6 months. If your cat is already urinating in your home and still young, please don’t wait too long to make an appointment immediately, otherwise this behavior can become a habit and it is very difficult to correct this.