What does neutering involve?
Neutering is a very common procedure that can be done at your local vet's practice. It's a procedure to remove the ovaries in the case of females, or the testicles in the case of males, which is performed under general anaesthetic. Pets usually go home the same day. Female cats usually go back to the vet for a check-up and to remove any stitches 8-10 days later.
Although recovery tends to be quick, it is important to keep a close eye on your cat after the operation. Pay attention to your cat’s energy levels and eating habits or any difficulties breathing or going to the toilet. It’s advisable to swap sand litter for pieces of absorbent paper for a few days in order to protect the wound. Also, to avoid your cat from licking the wound an anti-scratch collar can be used.
What is the best age to neuter?
It’s advisable to neuter your cat at around four to six months old. This means the procedure can be done without complications, however its always recommended to consult your vet first. In order to avoid unwanted litters and prevent them from developing certain pathologies, it’s better not to wait.
What changes will my cat experience?
Neutering will produce some changes in your cat's behaviour. On one hand, it eases your cat's sexual behaviour and prevents problems with territorial spraying and straying far from home. On the other hand, it’s important to monitor their weight because their metabolism will change which may cause an increase in appetite and a reduction in their physical activity.
Don't worry, the personality of your cat won't change after neutering. Your cat will still have the same desires to run, jump and play as always. It is important that you still dedicate some time every day to play together.
After neutering, your cat will stop meowing to find a mate. However, they may continue to meow for other reasons, such as stress, physical discomfort or just to get our attention. In order to know what the reason behind their behaviour is and to have the tools to correct it, seeing a behavioural specialist is an option.
In the case of males, they will almost completely stop marking their territory within two weeks. In the case of females, they will mark much less given the fact its particularly common during her heat cycle. In some cases, regardless of sex and age, cats may continue to mark because of stress.
How can I control their weight?
After spaying, the possibility of weight gain triples in your cat. As we've said previously, their metabolism changes, their appetite may increase, and their physical activity may decrease. You should bear in mind that carrying excess weight may reduce your cat's quality of life and increase the risk of illness. The best way to prevent this is through diet and exercise.
To find out if your cat is overweight is easy. If they are at their ideal weight, you shouldn't notice their ribs at a glance, but you should notice them easily to the touch. If they are overweight, looking from above their waistline will be undefined and their back appears rounded. From a side view, you can see if their abdomen has got bigger or moves when they walk.
The best way to keep your cat in shape is to dedicate 20 minutes a day to playing with them. For example, putting their food on a perch or playing 'catch' with one of their favourite toys in the house.
After neutering, their appetite may increase, so it is advisable to limit their food intake and ensure that they don't have constant access to food. It’s also very important to give them food specifically designed for neutered cats which helps to maintain a healthy weight. In a packet of Ultima Sterilized, you can find an easy-to-use table that recommends serving sizes according to the weight of your cat.
If you live in a house with more than one cat, it can be difficult to know if each one is eating the right amount, especially if they have different nutritional needs. The easiest solution is to monitor them at mealtimes until they've finished eating. Another option is to separate the cats while they eat and leave each one to eat for 20-30 minutes.
Neutered cats tend to gain weight and have a delicate urinary tract. This is why it’s convenient to give them food like Ultima Sterilized that has been specifically designed for their needs.
Our recipes are made with high-quality ingredients that combine sources of animal protein, vegetables, barley and wholegrain cereals in a balanced way. Furthermore, they are tailored to their ages and specific needs.
Now all products from Ultima Sterilized range are made with natural prebiotics to support balanced your cat's gut flora, which in turn benefits their natural defences.
No added sugar, no colourants and preservatives.
Ultima Sterilized contains a moderate amount of fats and calories, that together with L-carnitine, help to control the weight of your neutered cat. Also, our recipes now contain a mixture of vegetable fibres that have a satiating effect.
Sterilization in cats brings about changes in their metabolism, they tend to have more appetite and eat more, this can lead to weight gain. That is why a nutrition adapted to their needs is essential to help them to control their weight and their agility.
Ultima Sterilized recipes are moderate in fat and calories which, along with L-Carnitine and fibre, help to control his weight and maintain his agility. It is also an alimentation with a correct balance of minerals that helps him to maintain an adequate pH in his urine. In addition, in all Ultima packs you will find a feeding guide so you know how much to give your cat according to his weight.
After sterilization, his urinary tract becomes more sensitive. Weight gain and a sedentary lifestyle can promote the development of urinary tract problems. Therefore, nutrition is important to help take care of his urinary tract.