Cats are living longer and longer. This is due to better medical care and the fact that more cats are living only indoors. These cats commonly live up to 15 to 18 years of age, with a few living i ...View Article
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Spay and Neuter
Female cats can get pregnant as early as four months of age while male cats may impregnate an unspayed cat when they are as young as six months old. Veterinarians recommend spaying or neutering cats when they are as young as two months old, as long as they are in good health. Owners of female cats should also be aware that within days of giving birth, mother cats can go into heat and attract unneutered males. Pregnancy could occur if new cats mothers are not kept away from an unneutered male cat. At A Cat Hospital, our Henderson veterinarians recommend spaying and neutering your cats, not only for population control, but for the overall health and wellness of your cat.
Millions of stray and feral cats are euthanized every year because shelters cannot afford to keep them. Reducing the cat population by spaying or neutering your cat is the best way to prevent so many unnecessary euthanizations.
In addition, cats that are spayed or neutered do not carry the risk of suffering health problems common to unspayed or unneutered cats. Testicular tumors, ovarian disorders, urinary tract/kidney infections and feline diabetes are a few diseases that have a higher prevalence in cats that retain their reproductive organs and the hormones released by these organs. Finally, neutering male cats significantly reduces their urge to roam, spray, and act aggressively, while spaying female cats stops heat cycles and behaviors associated with being "in heat".
Neutering procedures are minimally invasive, involving your veterinarian making an incision in a cat's scrotum and removing the testicles. Sutures are typically not needed because the incision is so small and will heal naturally. Male cats are put under general anesthesia during the procedure so they do not feel any discomfort. If neutering is preformed in the morning, owners can pick up their male cats later that day. Most cats recover from a neutering within 24 hours.
Spaying female cats is a more invasive surgery and requires the cat to remain overnight at the vet's office. After administrating general anesthesia to the female cat, your vet will make a small incision in the lower abdomen and ligate (tie off) the uterine body and ovarian pedicles. Then the ovaries and uterus are removed and the incision is sealed with two or three sutures. Female cats recover from spay surgery within 48 to 72 hours. They may not seem interested in eating or drinking once they arrive home for about 12 or 24 hours.
Call A Cat Hospital today at 702-454-4400 to learn more about feline spaying and neutering or to schedule an appointment to have your cat spayed or neutered with our veterinarian in Hendseron.