Spaying or neutering a cat
Spaying or neutering a cat . Every year, it is believed that anywhere between 5 million and 8 million animals are put to death in shelters across the United States. There are a number of groups that are striving to reduce that number by creating spay and neuter clinics that are accessible to low-income individuals in order to avoid the birth of more litters of cats that require homes. One of these organisations is called the LifeLine Animal Project, and it is located in Atlanta. It is a non-profit animal shelter and clinic, and since 2005, they have conducted more than 25,000 surgeries to spay and neuter animals. In this section, executive director Rebecca Guinn responds to the questions that are asked the most frequently regarding spaying and neutering cats.
Why should I get my cat spayed or neutered? What are the benefits?
The euthanasia of companion animals at shelters is the most common cause of their deaths. The only method to significantly cut down on or completely eradicate it is by spaying and neutering. Additionally, the health of your pet will improve as a result. In addition to this, owning a cat that has been spayed or neutered will simplify your life.
Shouldn’t I wait until my cat has had at least one litter before I spay or neuter them?
A: No. If you get them spayed before they have their first heat and absolutely before they produce any puppies or kittens, you cut the risk of some malignancies by a significant amount.
Kittens have colonised just about every available space. There are millions of cats and kittens that are in need of homes, and there are many more millions that have been abandoned. Every time there is a kitten season, there are just not enough homes available to house all of the new kittens that are born.
Should I wait till my cat has gone through heat cycle before I spay her?
It’s a common misconception that female animals should have at least one litter or heat cycle before being spayed. There is absolutely no advantage to one’s health from doing so, and the medical treatment will be far less complicated if it is performed before the first heat. If you spay or neuter your pet before it reaches adolescence, you will be able to maximise all of the benefits that come with having the procedure done on your pet.
When my cat is old enough, do I take her to the vet to get her spayed?
A: The answer is yes, however they must be at least eight weeks old and weigh at least two pounds before you may adopt them. The practise of spaying and neutering children is broadly supported. The notion that one must wait before acting is actually out of date, and the data points in the opposite direction. Even organisations like the American Veterinary Medical Association advocate for early sterilisation procedures like spaying and neutering.
It’s possible for female cats to enter heat quite quickly. They are able to have their first litter at the age of six months, and they may have up to three litters a year. Also, if you’ve ever been in the same room as a cat that’s going through its monthly cycle, you know how unhappy that can make humans. They make a high-pitched, nonstop mewing sound. They have the intention of escaping. It has a significant impact on how they behave. And every unaltered male cat in the area will be at your front door spraying urine all over it as soon as they see you. The odour of cat spray will permeate every room in your home. It is an experience that leaves a lot to be desired.
It is possible for the cost of spaying or neutering a cat to exceed one hundred dollars. That is out of my price range. What options do I have?
A large number of low-cost solutions are available in every region of the country. On its website, the ASPCA maintains a database of information on them. You may enter your postal code and then view all of the available alternatives within a certain distance. Locate the database of low-cost and free spay/neuter procedures by selecting the “pet care” category and clicking on it.
When cats are spayed or neutered, does it cause them to gain weight?
A: Proper portion management and regular physical activity are essential components of a healthy weight. It is my recommendation that cats be kept inside, in which case you should ensure that there is sufficient environmental enrichment for your cat. Include climbing trees and other vertical features. Make sure to give them spaces where they may play and hide. But maintaining proper portion control is of the utmost importance. Do not let your cat to eat at will.
If I neuter my tomcat, would it make them less likely to sneak out of the house?
A: Having cats that are allowed to wander freely is not something that we endorse. In addition, if you have a male cat that has not been changed, you probably aren’t seeing very many of them anyhow.
Although cats are a little different from dogs in that they roam for reasons other than reproducing, such as hunting, having a tom cat spayed or neutered would often reduce the animal’s inclination to stray. Therefore, sterilisation will lessen the need to wander, but it won’t eradicate it entirely.
Unaltered male cats have a greater chance of contracting feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). This is due to the fact that they are constantly fighting one another, and severe bite wounds are the primary means through which these infections are spread.
My cat has a bad habit of spraying all over the home. If I get them neutered, would it make a difference?
A: There is a strong possibility that it will. That hormonal need to spray will disappear for sure as a result of this. The greatest way to eliminate that impulse completely is to get sterilised as soon as possible. You need to make an appointment with your local veterinarian if you have a neutered cat that is still spraying. It’s possible that this is a health issue, but it might also be a behavioural one.
If I have my cat spayed or neutered, would this help avoid any future illnesses?
A: The risk of developing breast cancers will be significantly reduced. Pyometra is an infection of the uterus that may be life-threatening for cats if they have not been spayed, and our clinic sees a lot of unspayed cats that have come in with the condition.
You remove the possibility of diseases affecting the testicles in male cats, and you remove the possibility of diseases affecting the uterus in female cats. In general, pets that have been spayed or neutered enjoy longer and happier lives.