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Should I Neuter or Spay My Indoor Cat?

Why should I Spay my Indoor Cat?

If you are an indoor-only cat owner and you only have one cat (or one gender of cat) in your home, you may be tempted to skip the neutering or spaying of your fur baby. If your cat(s) live only in the house, and there’s no danger of pregnancy inside your house, why should you do it?

Three Reasons To Spay/Neuter Your Indoor Cat

#1. Life is Unpredictable

Just because you plan to keep your cats inside doesn’t mean THEY won’t get OTHER ideas at some point in their lifetime. Your cat may decide to dash outside one day when you least expect it. A friend or neighbor might leave the door open, not realizing you have an indoor-only baby poised for an adventure. An open window and a moment of boredom may lead your pet on an unexpected outdoor jaunt.

If that happens without your cat being “fixed” you could be facing roaming issues, which may include your baby not returning home at all. If they do come home, they may come home pregnant, or may come home only after impregnating another cat. Spay/Neuter your indoor cat just in case.

#2 Do It For Their Health

Spaying and neutering will improve your cat’s health, reduce the risk of health problems, and should be done as early as possible. Spaying/Neutering early will:

  • Decrease the​ ​risk​ ​of​ ​mammary​ ​carcinoma
  • Prevent ​diseases​ ​of​ ​the​ ​uterus,​ ​ovaries​ ​and​ ​testes

Having the operation when young means:

  • Shorter​ ​operation​ ​time (less time under anesthesia)
  • Better​ ​intra-abdominal​ ​visualization for the surgeon
  • Faster​ ​recovery​ ​period for your pet

#3 Do it For Your Sanity (and Their Longevity!)

Many cats are surrendered each year for behavioral issues. (Issues which may have been avoided with timely spaying/neutering practices.) Spaying​ ​and​ ​neutering​ ​early​ ​can​ ​prevent​ ​the following​ ​behaviors:

  • Excessive vocalization
  • Urine​ ​marking
  • Roaming
  • Unwanted​ ​pregnancies

If you have questions or concerns about spaying or neutering your cat, contact us, we will be happy to discuss all your options with you.


  1. Ursula W Mejia says:

    Our male cat is nearly 2 years old. We have made an appointment in April to neuter him.
    It is our wish for ‘Willie” to live indoors – but as your information points out – that is not
    always a guarantee. He has a lovely disposition – ‘talks a lot’ , perhaps they are cries for
    something ….? frisky during the night.

    ‘Willie’ is he first cat in my life (at 79). What should we expect, as far as recovery; wished
    we had the surgery done sooner.
    I will be grateful to get your support.

    • admin says:

      You have definitely made the correct decision to neuter Willie. There are so many kittens and cats that do not have homes and by neutering you are helping to control this overpopulation. In addition, neutering will help protect Willie from various cancers and help with unwanted behaviors such as territory marking and the desire to roam in order to breed.

      The recovery from this type of surgery is generally fairly easy for male cats. They should be kept in a clean, indoor environment and try to minimize their activity for the first week after the surgery. They should not be licking the surgery site. Our patients receive pain medication before surgery so they are not uncomfortable when they wake up and they also go home with pain medication to keep them comfortable after surgery.

      As an AAHA accredited animal hospital you can be assured that if you choose our hospital for Willie’s care he will receive the best possible veterinary care. Our doctors and staff would certainly be happy to address any further questions or concerns you might have. Please give us a call at either of our locations.

      Our Danville office can be reached at 859-238-2201 and our Lancaster office number is 859-792-2105. Thank you for your inquiry and please know that we are always happy to help. Thank you for visiting our website!

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