Neutering is a surgical procedure conducted on animals to render them incapable of breeding. The surgical procedure entails the removal of the animal’s reproductive organ. In male animals, this procedure is commonly referred to as neutering or castration. In female animals, the procedure is called spaying. Female cats get spayed and male cats get neutered. Spaying and neutering are colloquially known as fixing. Cats that have not undergone the fixing procedures are referred to as intact cats.
Animal lovers outnumber people that do not care for pets. In spite of this fact, about 10 million dogs and cats have to be euthanized each year because no homes are found for them. Over population of unwanted animals has become a national concern. It is impossible for animal lovers to take in these poor homeless animals. The only solution of overcrowded and underfunded animal shelters is to put these animals to sleep. Pet parents that have no plans of breeding are therefore enjoined to have their pets fixed.
Spaying and neutering are the most common birth control methods in cats. Neutering or castration is done on male cats. An incision is made on the cat’s scrotum to remove the testes. This simple and non-invasive procedure is performed under anesthesia. Spaying is female neutering. The female cat would have to be anesthetized. An incision is made on the cat’s belly where the uterus, the ovaries and the fallopian tubes will be removed. This is an invasive surgical procedure and therefore can be more expensive than neutering. The female cat is expected to be a little groggy after the operation. Vets commonly advise the owners to confine the pet in an area where it will be away from other pets and where it will be prevented from doing strenuous activities.
Pet parents that decide to have the pet spayed usually have the objective of cutting down on the overpopulation of unwanted pets. However, spaying has other advantages for the cat and for the cat owner too. Urine marking, spraying and vocalization are the common concerns of pet parents when the pet is in heat. Female cats that are in heat would howl to attract potential mates. The caterwauling of the pet that is mostly done at night would irk even the most loving cat owner. The noisy cat can annoy neighbors as well. As the reproductive organs were removed, the cat will no longer go through its heat cycle. The pet’s tendency to spray and to urine mark are significantly reduced as well. Preventing a female cat in heat to go outdoors to find a mate is a common concern of cat owners. Wandering outdoors puts the life of the pet at risk. The decision to get the pet spayed saves the pet from being hit by cars and from acquiring diseases and infections from other cats and animals. The cat will have no inclination to wander outdoors thus predator attacks and fighting with other animals will be avoided. Spayed cats live longer healthier lives. Spaying reduces the risk of breast cancer and pyometra. Pyometra is a life threatening infection of the uterus.
Cat experts believe that the best time to spay a cat is before it reaches puberty. This would be when the cat is about six months old. Spaying done at this age reduces some risks as cats at this age are typically healthy and therefore recovers quickly. Cat owners that have no plans of breeding the pet can support the call of other cat lovers to help prevent the over population of stray cats. Be responsible…do your own share of reducing unwanted cat population. Get your female cat spayed.