Neutering: everything you need to know

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The basic of neutering

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.

What are your cat's basic needs after sterilization?

"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."

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Neutering age

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.

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Changes in behaviour

What changes will my cat experience?

L'esterilització comporta alguns canvis en el gat. D'una banda, en millora la conducta sexual i així evites problemes de marcatge territorial o que s'escapi de casa. D'altra banda, s'ha de vigilar el pes del gat, ja que el seu metabolisme canvia: pot tenir molta més gana i disminuir l'activitat física.

Will my cat stop playing after sterilization?

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.

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Weight gain

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.

Is my cat getting fat?

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.

How Ultima helps them

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.

HIGH-QUALITY INGREDIENTS

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.

NATURAL DEFENCES

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.

How Ultima helps them

NO COLOURANTS OR PRESERVATIVES

No added sugar, no colourants and preservatives.

WEIGHT CONTROL

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.

New satiating effect

ENRICHED WITH VEGETABLE FIBRES

The satiating effect of vegetable fibres, in humans as well as animals, is well known. This is why the new Ultima Sterilized is enriched with vegetable fibres which help cats to feel less hungry after eating them.

SATIATING EFFECT

After their first meal of the day using Ultima Sterilized, cats eat significantly less for the following three hours, when compared to cats eating a regular product.

New satiating effect

A BALANCED MIX

Ultima Sterilized incorporates a balanced mix of soluble and insoluble fibres to achieve a satieting effect.