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Good afternoon!
This questions has been bothering me for rather a long time. I know mating is a natural process for wild cats. But what if we don't mate our non neutered male cat, will there be any harm to his health? Thank you in advance for your opinions.
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Why isn't he neutered? I can tell you that mating isn't the issue. If he's not neutered he has a much higher chance of developing prostate cancer. Female cats that aren't spayed before they are 1 years old have a higher chance of getting breast cancer. I know at least 5 of them off the top of my head and one of them was just diagnosed this past week. One of them didn't survive. It's the same for males with their prostate. Plus there are WAY too many cats running around with no homes having kittens like mad and they end up being euthanized.
I remember a vet telling me that in the wild only the dominant cats have a chance to mate because they are strongest obviously. So some cats may not mate often and it doesn't influence their health much because the nature is wise and it usually 'suppresses' the functions of the organism that are not called for. In other words it's not the end of the world if a non neutered cat has no mating.
Alfinnlay I understand your point and I've heard it many times that pets should be neutered. I agree it helps control feral populations and it's doubtlessly good but I cannot fully agree with the desperate yell that non neutering is fatal for an animal's health. The nature isn't so dumb. What I really would like to see is the numbers. For example let's take a thousand of neutered cats and a thousand of non neutered cats, what will be the percentage of cancer in each group? I have a feeling it won't be drastically different. What I also have been thinking about is the fact vet clinics get PAID for the neutering procedure and therefore it's extremely beneficial to them to fortify the belief that if you god forbid doesn't have your cat neutered it will die in pain. See what I mean? I've read a lot of your posts and I respect your experience (I do!) but I personally would really refrain from categoric statements such as "for god's sake neuter your cat ASAP otherwise it will die from cancer!!" For me it's a complicated matter and I do NOT mean I'm against neutering. I do nevertheless stick to the opinion the negative impact of non neutering is exaggerated. I'm open to new information.

Olivia is neutered by the way, I got her like that.
Hmmm, not what I said though. At all. I just re-read my post and said they have a "higher" percentage of developing cancer. I'd never, ever suggest that every cat is going to develop that. I am honestly smarter than that (I think anyway, Emotion: big smile). Seriously, I didn't suggest that, just making the point that they are usually more healthy if they are spayed or neutered and "can" live a longer, healthier life. Don't know where you got the "for god's sake neuter your cat or it'll get cancer". I didn't mean or say anything like that.
The matter or developing cancer or not is not an issue, sorry but It's like cutting off a woman's breasts to prevent breast cancer and I don't think its a very convincing thing (as true as it may be).
There are thousands of homeless mixed cats (pure-breed as well) there is no need to add to that unless you are a certified breeder of a specific breeds, we have more then enough homeless cats and kittens, there is just no need to bring more kittens and prevent cats in shelters from ever having a forever home.
as for your question, you could leave your cat not neutered, you need to take into consideration that he could meow constantly, he could pee in every corner in the house, you could keep him inside and make sure he doesn't get out but he could run outside to search for a mate, where he faces many dangers, besides the obvious dangers of him getting run over or getting lost, he will definitely find an opponent which he will fight viciously. yes not all cats present all of these things but even one of them can be really bad (meowing all night or peeing allover the house).
you should also remember male cats do not go in heat, they are in heat all year long starting at the age of 7-8+ months and stay in heat where they are naturally constantly in search for mates, as many as possible, so no mating him once will not make a difference at all and he will keep being stressed for the rest of his life!
Please do neuter your cat, You don't seem interested in mating (as I understand from your question) so there is no need for keeping him in tact he will only be stressed and make it hard on you, please neuter him, he will be a lot calmer a lot more affectionate and Instead of being obsessed with finding mates he can just relax and be a cat!
Thanks everyone... yes I'm not interested in mating him but he's indoors and I wasn't planning to ever let him our so I was sorta thinking he won't be a reason of more feral kittens. Now he doesn't pee in wrong places and his behavior is ok too (he's 2 y/o). But anyway thanks, I'll give it a think.
alfinnlayHmmm, not what I said though. At all. I just re-read my post and said they have a "higher" percentage of developing cancer. I'd never, ever suggest that every cat is going to develop that. I am honestly smarter than that (I think anyway, ). Seriously, I didn't suggest that, just making the point that they are usually more healthy if they are spayed or neutered and "can" live a longer, healthier life. Don't know where you got the "for god's sake neuter your cat or it'll get cancer". I didn't mean or say anything like that.
Ok I suppose I've misunderstood your intention. I just know some people who believe their pets will unavoidablyget into trouble if they don't have them neutered and they always keep saying that to everyone who's got non neutered pets. In my opinion they are over reacting and I find it a bit annoying. Emotion: smile