Spaying and Neutering for Cats


Why Should You Spay or Neuter Your Cat?

There are many valid reasons to spay or neuter your cat. According to AmericanHumane.org approximately 3.7 million animals are euthanized at shelters annually because there just are not enough willing and able adopters for them. Spay and neuter procedures ensure that you are not adding to this number, and that no offspring your cat has ends up a fatal statistic.

To support this unpleasant reality, consider the fact that, according to Feral Cat Project, a non-spayed female cat can be responsible for producing up to 100 other cats throughout her lifetime, including the litters of kittens her un-spayed kittens will eventually go on to have. This incredible number can be prevented though, simply by spaying or neutering your cat.

What Is Cat Neutering?

Cat neutering refers to the castration, or the removal of the testicles of a male cat so that he can not impregnate a female cat.

Cat neutering includes the following procedures:

  • Your veterinarian will use general anesthesia for the procedure to avoid any discomfort felt by the cat
  • The attending Veterinary Technician monitors his breathing and heart rate, oxygen levels, blood pressure, plane of anesthesia, and overall health throughout the anesthetic procedure
  • The surgeon makes a small incision in the front of the scrotum
  • Each testicle is removed and the blood supply and vas deferens (spermatic cord) are tied off
  • The veterinarian closes the incision with surgical glue or sutures

Your veterinarian will provide postoperative instructions for you to follow.

Although cat neutering could result in some discomfort right after surgery, your veterinarian will take various measures for pain relief.

Additional steps taken at home will facilitate a safe and comfortable recovery including:

  • Providing your cat with a quiet place to recover indoors and away from other animals
  • Keeping your cat indoors and attempting to limit running and jumping
  • Preventing your cat from licking the incision site, which may cause infection, by monitoring your cat and utilizing an E-collar if licking can not be prevented otherwise
  • Checking the incision site daily to confirm proper healing
  • Looking for any redness, swelling, or discharge at the surgery site, or if the incision is open, contacting your veterinarian.
  • Monitering your cat post-surgery and calling your veterinarian if your cat is lethargic, has a decreased appetite, is vomiting, or has diarrhea, or if you have any other concerns following surgery

What Is Cat Spaying?

Spaying a cat refers to the ovariohysterectomy, or the removal of portions of the reproductive system of a female cat so she cannot get pregnant and give birth to kittens. Spaying a cat is a very routine surgical procedure, and it carries a minimal risk for serious medical complications.

Spaying a cat includes the following procedures:

  • Your veterinarian will utilize general anesthesia to avoid any discomfort during the procedure
  • The attending Veterinary Technician monitors your cat's breathing and heart rate, oxygen levels, blood pressure, plane of anesthesia, and overall health during the anesthetic procedure
  • The veterinarian makes a small incision in your cat's abdomen and removes the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus
  • The veterinarian closes the incision with sutures

Your veterinarian will also provide post-operative instructions for you to follow.

Although spaying a cat could result in some discomfort right after surgery, your veterinarian will take various measures for pain relief. The steps to ensuring your cat has the most comfortable and safe recovery possible from her surgery are identical to the recovery recommendations provided above for neutering.

When Should You Spay or Neuter a Cat?

We typically recommend spaying and neutering between 5-6 months of age.

In some cases, male cats can become sexually mature before 6 months of age, which means waiting to neuter a cat can cause accidental pregnancy. Also, kittens tend to be more resilient to minor surgical procedures than adult cats. Therefore, undertaking this surgery sooner rather than later helps ensure minimized risk and quicker recovery time. If you are not sure when to spay or neuter your cat, please consult your veterinarian at your next visit.

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