What to consider when spaying your Cat

Spaying

 

Neutering offers benefits to both you and your beloved companion.

The benefit of spaying a cat is fewer unwanted litters and fewer parental worries for you!

Spaying is the process by which your cat’s vet renders her sterile. When male cats are sterilized, the process is called neutering. When females receive the same treatment, it’s called spaying (nonetheless, you can refer to either procedure as neutering).

It’s hard to accept, but there aren’t enough homes for the cats currently in need of adoption. By neutering your cat, you’ll help reduce the overpopulation of this feline community. More importantly, however, spaying and neutering helps your cat live a healthier, longer life.

 

The Benefits of Spaying

Prevents Diseases

Spaying your female cat before her first oestrous cycle (going into “heat” or being able to breed) greatly reduces her risk of cervical cancer and eliminates her risk for ovarian cancer. Because removing the ovaries reduces the levels of hormones that encourage the growth of cancerous tumours, spaying reduces your cat’s risk of mammary cancer as well.

Keep in mind there are other diseases resulting from natural cat behaviour when they mate. Feline leukaemia and feline AIDS are two diseases spread through the bites of infected cats to other cats, by reducing your cat’s urge to fight over mates and territory, you’ll also reduce her chances of contracting these incurable diseases from other cats.

 

Reduces Fights

Unneutered male cats are driven by hormones to seek mates and defend their territory against intruders. So, two or more unneutered male cats in the same household can spell trouble. Fights tend to break out, especially if there’s a female cat in heat nearby. By neutering your cats, you’ll reduce their aggressive instincts.

 

Reduces Risk of Roaming

When female cats go into heat, both her hormones and instincts are urging her to find a mate. And if she’s your only cat, she’ll try to escape every time you open the door so that she can find one. Remember that males are also driven by hormones and the mating instinct and will try their best to escape for the same reason. Both males and females are at risk outdoors of being injured as they crossroads and highways to mate. By neutering your cat, you’ll reduce this wanderlust and find they’re happy to stay put in the safe, comfy spot next to you on the couch.

 

When It Should Happen

We recommend the optimal age at which she should be spayed is 5.5 months old.

 

Will My Cat Be Different?

Probably not. After neutering, your cat will return to her old, playful self very quickly. Rest assured she’ll still be the same cat you’ve always known and loved.

 

Feeding Cats Post-Neutering

Some cats gain weight more rapidly after neutering, so it’s important to make sure kitty is kept active and fed right. Hill’s® Vet Essentials contains the right blend of nutrients and calories needed to help your cat maintain her optimal weight.

The benefits of neutering a cat far outweigh any drawbacks. Yes, it can be scary to bring your beloved pet in for surgery, but your concerns going in are small and well worth it when you consider the higher risks of unwanted kittens, escaping outdoors and getting into trouble with other animals. If you haven’t already done so, talk to your vet about having your cat neutered.