DATED JUL 1, 2010 TO DR SING
I chanced upon a blog with your posting and
email address. Pardon me for the abrupt email.
I need help.
My male cat
is about 1 year and 2 month old. He is not
neutered as I can't bring myself to see him go
thru the pain. He has been a good cat all
along. Very well toilet trained and will never
poo or pee anywhere except his litter tray.
However, 2 weeks ago, I realised he pee-ed on my
couch! That was a 1 time off thing. It did not
happen again after that. I've read about male
cats spraying pee around the house if not
neutered. Besides this, he also starts meowing
pitifully at the door hoping to take a stroll
outside. He is a 98% strictly indoor cat. The
remaining 2% is only strictly for him to walk
around the corridor outside my house. He has no
contacts with other cats unless he is out for
grooming or to the vet.
I have booked
an appointment to have him neutered this coming
Saturday. But, I am still in a dilemma. Should
I neuter him? Is it necessary to neuter? Will
he become depressed after the neuter? Will he
be in great pain? Does he need to wear a cone
after the neuter? (He hates wearing cone.) Is
it very cruel of me to neuter him?
Please help me!
Name of Owner
DATED JUL 2, 2010 FROM DR SING
I am Dr Sing Kong Yuen from Toa Payoh Vets,
www.toapayohvets.com. In reply to your following
I neuter him? Is it necessary to neuter? Will he become
depressed after the neuter? Will he be in great pain?
Does he need to wear a cone after the neuter? (He hates
wearing cone.) Is it very cruel of me to neuter him?
1. Neutering a male cat or spay a female cat is
perceived by many younger generation as cruel. So, it is
a matter of choice for you.
2. Neutering is not necessary in the sense that it does
not mean death if the surgery is not done. However,
neutering at a young age (6 months of age) does help to
stop, reduce and/or prevent your cat's male territorial
marking (peeing on the couch) and mate-seeking behaviour
(meowing loudly wanting to go out to find a mate, NOT to
go for a stroll as you wrote).
3. After less than 14 days post-surgery, the cat does
not feel the pain and is not "depressed" after the
4. After 2-3 days of poor appetite in most cases, the
cat will start to eat. In any case, painkillers are
given after surgery and for the next 4 days.
5. No need to wear the e-collar (cone) after neutering.
6. It is not cruel to neuter the male or female cat if
the cat can has a better quality of life. A cat after 6
months of age has matured and though kept indoors, can
still hear the meows and cries of outdoor cats fighting
or looking for mates.
the whole night is a noise nuisance to everybody and is
the main reason that owners start to get the cat
neutered or spayed. The adult cat can't help himself or
herself as he or she has heard the meows of other cats
outdoors and want to go out to find the mates. Some make
such loud noises at night that neighbours think that the
cats are being beaten up by the owners. Neutering will
prevent such sexual behaviours.
Please let me know if you have more queries.
There are some male cats that caterwaul. Neutering
stops such noisy meowing and give every family member
and neighbours peace of mind. For more veterinary