Let's review some of the debating points:
- Many of the arguments are based on non fixed animal behaviors. All indoor only cats should be neutered or spayed. A neutered/spayed cat makes a better pet! Non fixed males tend to roam further and are very territorial (spraying to mark the boundaries). They can also be more aggressive towards new cats and get into fights that can lead to very expensive vet bills. Intact females go into heat every few months, their sole purpose in life is to breed and multiply. It has a toll on her health and her personality won't be loving, all they want is to be alone and have some peace...
- A neutered male will make a loving pet. They tend to be (by nature) more territorial, but they are usually calmer and happier. Family, breed, early socialization are also important factors. And not all cat owners want a lap cat, some prefer a more independent pet!
- A spayed female might redirect some of her mother instincts towards the human who shares her apartment. It was not a meditated choice but all my cats have been females. I have had very sweet cat companions and some that were more challenging but all in all, cat people understand cats and respect their personality. That is what makes cats special, each of them will develop a routine, a character, will have good and bad days, like us, humans. When you get a skittish cat to trust you, look for you and to sit close to you on the couch to watch your favorite tv show can be very rewarding!
- Males and female cats have different nutrition and space needs. Females tend to be happier in smaller apartments. Males who have enjoyed a bigger territory migh have a difficult time adjusting to a minuscule studio apartment. Levels (shelves, tables, chairs) are a big help, cats understand each level is a new territory which can be of great help when living in a small apartment.
Kitty in NY helps male and female cats. We provide the best in-home boarding and cat sitting solutions in the city! Your cat/s will be in good hands while you're away. Contact us and send us more details about the service you need. We'll be glad to help you with your cat.