Many owners choose to sterilize their cat, which proves to be a good solution. In fact, sterilization has many advantages because it changes your four-legged friend’s daily habits and prolongs his life expectancy. After this operation, it is important to adapt the kibble to his new needs and thus avoid the risks associated with obesity.
Why sterilize your cat?
Sterilization gives your little companion a second youth! It considerably increases a cat’s life expectancy and limits the risk of mammary tumors and urinary tract infections in females.
Choosing to sterilize your cat is an ideal solution, especially if you live in a neighborhood where felines are present. In fact, several cats in the same area generally lead to fights because each one wants to mark and defend its territory. This also leads to mating and therefore to litters of kittens that are often unwanted.
Today, according to various studies, there would be more than 10 million stray cats in France, generally felines abandoned at birth. Their life expectancy is very short because of roads and lack of food. Moreover, many French associations recommend sterilization, to limit this number.
The consequences of sterilization on a cat
Sterilizing your cat has consequences since it undergoes a hormonal modification. First of all, the behavior of your four-legged friend will change significantly.
His desire to wander will be reduced, you will see that he will spend much more time by your side. If he has a tendency to fight with cats in the neighborhood, you will see a clear change. Of course, this does not mean that he won’t come back to scratch, but going out less often will limit the risk of injuries and accidents.
Females will no longer feel the effects of heat, which is ideal. You will undoubtedly appreciate the new behavior of your cat, he will be more demanding of caresses and more quiet.
On the other hand, spaying or neutering a cat generally leads to weight gain if the animal’s diet is not modified. Because your cat goes out and spaying is less strenuous, it tends to gain extra pounds after this operation. Numerous studies have shown that sterilized cats eat more than before. To prevent your pet from suffering the consequences of eating too much after being spayed or neutered, you must adapt its food. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right kibble and ration your cat.
Choosing the right food for your cat
Several brands of cat food offer kibbles adapted to their needs, taking into consideration their breed, their health and their age. For example, Royal Canin offers kibbles specifically designed for sterilized cats. Some are even adapted to the behaviour of your four-legged friend, for example, if he is greedy or constantly begging for food.
Generally, the weight of the animal must be taken into account. To do so, weigh yourself alone and then with your cat, the difference between the two figures will give you the weight of your companion. If your cat is overweight, you can choose Eukanuba Chicken kibble, which is specially designed for sterilized small felines with a few extra pounds.
How much kibble should a sterilized cat eat?
Because your cat’s physical activity is reduced after surgery, your cat’s daily diet and energy intake must be adapted to her new needs. In general, the kibble ration for a sterilized cat weighing 3.5 kilos is 50 grams per day.
Normally a cat regulates itself and eats a little throughout the day and night. However, if your pet tends to devour its entire ration in a few minutes, you should not give in and give it more food, it is not doing it a favor because it will promote weight gain. On the other hand, you can give him a little bit of his ration throughout the day.
Water is at will even if a feline does not drink a lot, it is essential that it be changed regularly.
In the weeks following sterilization, it is advisable to check his weight. Your four-legged companion will considerably reduce his physical activity, it is advisable to encourage him to move while playing, this allows them to expend energy and therefore limit the weight gain that usually follows this type of operation.
Spaying or neutering your cat will be beneficial for him as well as for you. If your pet has gained a little weight, it is not serious. With an adapted diet and correct rations, your pet will quickly regain its former figure.