Do cats get spayed or neutered?

Spaying and neutering is the proactive solution to the burgeoning population of homeless animals. Animal lovers outnumber people that would not care less no matter what happened to these animals. However, it would be impossible for animal lovers to take in all the homeless cats and dogs no matter how much they want to. To control the number of unwanted animals, concerned pet owner would have the pet spayed or neutered. Do cats get spayed or neutered? The answer is yes.

Cat spaying and neutering is a surgical procedure that remove the animal’s reproductive organs. A cat (or a dog) that was submitted under the vet’s scalpel would no longer be able to reproduce. The primary reason for these surgical procedures is to control population growth of cats. However, spaying and neutering have health benefits for the animals. These simple procedures can aid in mitigating some behavioral problems of intact cats. Cats have become important parts of people’s lives. These animals have provided companionship and have made a great difference to people’s lives. However, there are times when the behavior of the pet would be very trying to the pet parents. A female cat is almost always in heat. While in heat, the cat tends to wander. The calling can be very annoying especially for a pet owner that wants to have a good night’s rest. Aside from the inclination to wander, male cats tend to spray…and the smell of cat urine can be horrible. These concerns can be avoided if the cat is fixed.

Neutering or castration is the surgical procedure that removes both testicles of the cat. The cat is fasted overnight and under general anesthesia, a small incision is made on the scrotum where the testicle will be brought out. The small incision does not need to be sutured. Spaying is the surgical procedure that removes the reproductive organs of a female cat. It is necessary for the procedure to be done on an empty stomach thus the queen has to be fasted overnight. Under general anesthesia, the abdomen of the female cat is incised and both the left and right ovaries as well as the uterus are removed. Neutering and spaying are simple surgical procedures with quick recovery period. However, as with any surgical procedure, complications like bleeding and infection can occur. The occurrence of complications is higher on individuals with existing health concerns. Obesity and an increased risk of osteosarcoma and hemangiosarcoma and urinary tract cancers are noted disadvantages of these procedures.

The advantages both on the part of the owner and on the part of the spayed and neutered animal far outweigh the disadvantages of the de-sexing procedure. First and foremost, neutering and spaying prevents unwanted pregnancies. We know how proficient breeders cats are. A male cat is always ready to service a female in heat and female cats are almost always in heat. Unplanned pregnancies would of course result to unwanted cats that are usually put to sleep. Additionally, cats gain healthful benefits from these procedures. The risk of testicular cancer is reduced in male cats and mammary cancer in female cats. The occurrence of ovarian cancer and pyometritis is totally eliminated. Neutering helps tone down behavioral concerns in intact male cats. The territorial instinct of the cat is reduced thus spraying; the urge to fight and the resulting injuries on the cat are significantly diminished. Female in heat would go a-calling. The ruckus the cat makes can be very annoying. All these unwanted behaviors are decreased if not totally eliminated if the pet is spayed or neutered. Contrary to the common belief, getting the pet spayed or neutered is not a cruel deed. These are not irreversible procedures but they are the most practical ways to save thousands of homeless cats from being put to sleep.

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