When should I spay or neuter my cat?
Early or pediatric spay/neuter is done at six to eight weeks of age, while standard spay and neuter is most often performed at five to six months. However, these procedures can be performed at any time during your cat's life as long as they are healthy.
What is spaying and neutering?
Spaying is the sterilization female animals by removing their reproductive organs. Neutering is the sterilization of male animals by removing the testes.
What are the benefits of spaying and neutering?
Spaying has a variety of health benefits for female cats. For example, there's less risk for malignant mammary tumors later in life if your cat is spayed before her first heat.
In addition, spaying helps reduce your cat's chances of developing an infection of the uterus, and of developing cancers of the reproductive organs.
Spaying can also help eliminate some unwanted behavours in female cats, including heat-induced howling, increased and overly intense affection, intense rubbing on objects, marking territory with urine, and the desire to wander.
Neutering is also very beneficial. It can also reduce unwanted behaviors like aggression and roaming, reducing your male cat's risk of injury.
In addition, neutering male cats also reduce their risk of developing testicular and prostate cancer.
In general, spaying and neutering both help prevent cat over-population, which is a serious problem in many parts of North America.
Currently, there are far more cats being born every year than there are homes available for them. Many of these homeless cats wind up on the streets, or ultimately end up being put down in shelters.
You can help reduce the rates of cat homelessness and euthanization by having your own cat spayed or neutered before they can reproduce.
The benefits of spaying or neutering your cat cannot be overstated. If your cat needs to be fixed, contact the friendly and compassionate vets at Stage Road Animal Hospital today.
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