Hooray! More cat owners than ever are spaying and neutering their pets. Seventy-six million cats in the United States are spayed and neutered–and for good reason. Spaying or neutering can help cats to live longer, prevents unwanted litters (millions of unwanted cats enter shelters every year), reduces their tendency to roam, and cause some to have a friendlier disposition.
However, when a cat is spayed or neutered, hormones change. The same hormonal and metabolic changes that result in those positives can also contribute to a cat’s overeating and loss of energy. Decreased energy, paired with an increased appetite, can quickly lead to weight gain (spayed/neutered cats are nearly 3.5 times more likely to be overweight than intact cats), and, in some cases, obesity. Owners may notice that their cat seems lazy, has an insatiable appetite or begs and meows for food; these behaviors may be the result of spaying and neutering.
And, for the 88 percent of owners in the United States who have a cat that is spayed or neutered, it turns out that the hormonal and metabolic changes that occur as a result of surgery affect how your cat should be fed.
Royal Canin realized that there was a nutritional need for spayed and neutered cats that wasn’t being addressed. After all, overweight cats are an epidemic in this country. The number of overweight or obese cats hovers at 55% according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.
Royal Canin offers a line of SPAYED/NEUTERED formulas that contain controlled fat levels and a unique blend of fibers to support the decreased energy and increased appetite of spayed and neutered cats. The formulas also include added antioxidants to promote health in growing and aging cats.
So, your cat is spayed or neutered. That’s great! But now what/ The answer is in education and science. Talk to your veterinarian about your cat’s individual needs and determine the best nutritional plan that addresses those needs. Cats are unique creatures and more and more is being discovered about them every day. The right nutrition can have a huge effect on your cat’s health–and add years to your life together.
If you’d like to try Royal Canin’s SPAY/NEUTER formulas, you can find your nearest Petco here.
Steve Dale is a certified dog and cat behavior consultant. He writes a twice-weekly syndicated newspaper column and is the host of two syndicated radio shows. Most recently he is the author of two e-books that answer common (and not-so-common) pet behavior problems, Good Dog! and Good Cat! (available wherever e-books are sold). Read his blog here.