Spaying and neutering is the best way to have a healthy, well-adjusted cat. It eliminates the risk of preventable diseases like uterine infections or cancers and helps decrease the overall pet population.
What is spaying or neutering?
Spaying and neutering prevents a cat from mating and reproducing. For male cats, this involves removing the testicles. For female cats, this involves removing the entire uterus and ovaries.
When should I neuter/spay my cat?
Spaying and neutering make cats better and healthier pets. The hormones involved in reproduction are strong and affect a cats behaviour. Female cats can come into heat continually until they mate and unneutered male cats tend to want to roam and be very territorial. By removing these hormones, cats have less desire to roam and urine mark their territory. It also helps to decrease aggression. Spaying and neutering help prevent cancers of the mammary gland and testicles. Spaying and neutering also help prevent unwanted litters of kittens.
What is the procedure to spay/neuter a cat?
For a male cat the neutering process involves removing the testicles. For a female cat, a spay involves removing the uterus and ovaries. Both procedures are performed under a general anesthesia and are usually just day surgeries.