The question «castrate or not» will appear in any case, if you take a non—castrated Maine Coon. It sounds trite, but everything happens just like this. The perspective of March concerts, marked with cat’s urine angles will lead to this useful thought about the castration of even an innate humanist.
And if you have not a cat, but a female cat, then add here the annual problems with the distribution of kittens. Do not take the case when you have a kitten SHOW or BREED class — they are specially left for breeding and their sexual instinct monetizes very soon. In the case of PET class kittens, it is not much easier to attach this brood than the brood of house serf kittens. Or you will have to take sin on your soul and drown in the bucket of these little angels. You don’t want to do it, right? Here, the answer to the question: why castrate?
Why you need to castrate cats?
- 🐱 Avoid unpleasant odors in the home.
- 🐱 Avoid the anxiety of cats in the mating season.
- 🐱 Avoid problems with finding a partner for a cat / female cat.
- 🐱 Avoid problems with the pass—out of kittens.
- 🐱 Growing a cat / female cat more calm and kind.
We think there are enough arguments. However, the most attentive and humane lovers of Maine Coons were already surprised: but what would fill the animal after castration? Is it harmful for them? Why not say a word about it? Answer is that: no, it’s not harmful if everything is done in time! Of course, if you castrate Maine Coon in a relatively adult feline age, then surgery can indeed been with complications. Therefore, it is better to do it before the «cat’s majority». This specific date for your pet would select an experienced veterinarian.
When to castrate a Maine Coon?
- ⌚ Male cats castrated at the age of 3 - 7 months.
- ⌚ Female cats are sterilized at the age of 8 - 10 months after the first estrus.
In favor of early castration, are evidenced numerous studies related of rehabilitation of the cat. At 3 – 4 months it passes faster. In addition, the new owners will be spared this care. But also 6 – 7 months for castration it is also not late. The main thing is not to postpone the procedure to a later date.
How to sterilize the female cats?
You should wait for the first estrum and after consulting with a veterinarian, choose a method of sterilization: ligation of the fallopian tubes or their removal along with the uterus.
- 💉 The ligation is less painful in terms of the consequences, but it will not save you from «cat concerts». The cat will have a «sexual instinct» and continue to have diseases of the reproductive system.
- 💉 Removal completely blocks all sexual instincts and relieves the diseases of the reproductive system. But trust such an operation can only to experienced veterinarians.
Possible risks of castration: myth or reality?
Despite assurances of castration safety, many still doubt: maybe it appear any consequences for Maine Coon health after castration? It is well known that a castrated cat often weighs more than not castrated. Plus the risk of developing urolithiasis. What about all this?
Answer: both can be fully controlled, ensuring a balanced diet. Loving owners often feed the cat until it can chew. This is clearly extra, there are norms of nutrition for the adult Maine Coons. And the norms are designed to adhere to the number and composition of feeds.
In addition, there is a special food for the prevention of urolithiasis. It should be periodically included in the diet along with the usual «Maine Coon» food. For example, it can be alternated with wool—derived feeds.
Have not had time to castrate: and what now?
This article is written for potential owners of Maine Coons to read it before they take the kitten. What if the cat has already grown the size of a demo version of a tiger, and you saw the article only now? If you have already put up with nightly concerts, but are very tired of the smells of cat urine, chasing you literally everywhere? And even if you bring out some sort of detergent smells, then where is the guarantee that the cat will not resume all its marks again?
First, show the cat to the vet: maybe it’s not too late. This can understand only specialist. Secondly, there are a lot of natural smells that repel cats and discourage their desire to settle for natural needs on your couch instead of the toilet.
The rating of «smell-repeller» for cats / female cats:
Choose which of the listed smells is the least irritating for you. Experiments, which is more effectively repel the cat, and find a compromise. Sprinkle with the solution of the desired smell the corners and other attractive for cat places. By the way, in pet stores, you can find ready—made flavors that were released just for these purposes.
You can cheat a little: do not cclean your old sweaty t—shirt, but put it closer to the cat’s toilet. It is believed that the smell of owner sweat is attractive to cats, and with it they feel calmer and more secure. Accordingly, they are more willing to settle in this place for their intimate feline affairs.
In general, if you do not intend of serious breeding Maine Coons and earn money on this, it is better to castrate the animals on time and not incur losses from tainted furniture and other things. There is enough information for thoughts in the article. And to make a final decision, consult a veterinarian!
- 🐈 citrus fruits (orange, mandarin and others);
- 🐈 garlic;
- 🐈 black pepper;
- 🐈 rosemary;
- 🐈 ginger;
- 🐈 onion;
- 🐈 cinnamon.