If you don’t plan to use your cat for breeding, you should spay or neuter it – a procedure that has a lot of benefits.
First of all, you avoid unwanted kittens, but spaying or neutering also has a lot of positive effects on the cat’s behavior.
The risk of spraying indoor and outdoor decreases and they won’t walk as far from the house, resulting in less interactions with other cats which in turn decreases the risk of infections and fight injuries.
Spaying your cat will stop heat, which means you will not have to deal with a frustrated cat and possibly sleepless nights – female cats in heat are not quiet!
Spayed or neutered cats are in addition often more affectionate towards their owners, so spaying/neutering is not only positive for your cat, but also for your relationship.
One thing you must keep in mind after spaying or neutering is that the cat most likely will be less active, which increases the risk of excess weight. Do consider changing to a feed made for sterilized cats and keep an eye on the cat’s weight. As with all cat feed, you should customize the feed after your cat. In other words, if the recommended amount leads to overweight, the feed must be decreased, and the other way around if the cat loses weight.