Animal shelters in Selangor euthanise an estimated 10,000 unwanted cats every year. Nobody know how many cats are killed in Malaysia as a whole, but the amount has to be staggering.
If that statistic isn’t enough, there are other reasons why cats living in human communities need to be neutered or spayed. By neutering and spaying, you prevent unwanted kittens and young cats being killed.
Tomcats mark their territory with urine. As they mature, their bodies produce a very strong odour. So when they spray, you don’t get relatively mild kitten pee, you get stinky adult cat pee. It’s very hard to get rid of, and cats will spray inside and outside a house.
Fights and screams
As tomcats mature, hormones kick in and they become aggressive. As they attack all other cats, including neutered cats and females, it causes a ruckus all over the street. Neutering manages this particular problem.
Injuries and disease
Cat fights aren’t just noisy – the cats will bleed and get bad injuries. Common results include abscesses, infections under the skin that have to be treated by a vet. It can lead to diseases like Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) being transmitted. Neutering prevents aggression and that means fewer vet bills, for you and your neighbours.
Most people find that living with an unneutered male cat is impossible because of the pee and the rage. So to keep your boy cat fresh and friendly, take them in to be neutered. The ideal age is five to seven months.
It’s a simple operation: pop them in the vet in the morning, get them back in the evening. Costs run around RM120. Neutering tomcats is a community service.