Spay & Neuter
Filed in Cats, Health
Nothing provokes an argument among pet lovers as much as a discussion about whether to spay or neuter your pet. Should you or shouldn't you? And if you do, what is a good age? Is it painful? Will my cat's mental health be marred for the rest of his life?
These are all valid questions and the answers you seek might not always be what you want to hear. Whatever you decide, it's important to speak with your veterinarian to get the latest information and advice on whether to spay or neuter.
Unless your cat is of champion stock, has eight to ten homes lined up for her offspring, and is not a frequent visitor to homes of neighborhood cats, it's probably OK not to have them fixed. But since most cats don't fall under these categories, it's a good idea to proceed with the operation.
Rest assured, though, the operation in no way will degrade your animal's feeelings (they don't have the same feelings about sex as humans do). It is safe and the pain involved is carefully countered with anesthesia. Your cat should be up and running within a week or so.
Some other reasons you might want to have your cat fixed, include: the stopping of frequent sprayings; the ending of incessant yowling at all hours; the end of cat fights over love; and it's a good way to help end the problem of over population. Thousands of cats are left abandoned and unwanted each week.
Advantages of Getting Your Cat Fixed
- Fixed male cats won't father unwanted kittens.
- Fixed male cats tend not to wander as far from home.
- Male cats are less likely to mark their territory inside by urinating.
- Having your male cat neutered shows accountability on your part. Birth control is not just the responsibility of owners of female cats.
- Spaying your female cat is immediate and 100% effective.
- Spaying your female cat removes problems of managing a cat in heat.
When is it Time to Get Fixed?
Generally speaking, most veterinarians agree that the perfect time have your cat fixed is before they reach puberty, usually around 10 to 12 weeks or at the age of six months. Check with your veterinarian to see when your cat is ready. If your cat is past puberty, it's still safe to have them fixed. Make an appointment with your Vet for a Friday morning. This will give you time to keep an eye on your cat over the weekend. Clinics can usually have pets in and out in one day, unless your Vet wants to keep them overnight for special circumstances.
After the Procedure
Ask your Vet for advice on what special foods or utensils, such as a special cat collar, your cat will need to recover properly. Cat collars are used to keep your pet from trying to eat the stitches left over from the procedure. Your cat will need plenty of rest in a calm and quiet location, away from other pets and possibly noisy children. Be sure to give him or her lots of loving. In a week or so, they'll be their old selves again.
Remember, speak to your Vet about any questions you might have regarding this procedure.