When considering whether to get your cat spayed or not, there are lots of questions to be asked. How do vets spay cats? From what age can they be spayed? What are the advantages of spaying cats? How do I care for my cats at home when they have been spayed?
In this vet-written guide, we will discuss all the important information you will need on how vets spay cats.
What Is Spaying?
Spaying or neutering your cat involves an operation carried out under a general anesthetic where the ovaries and uterus are surgically removed.
It is a sterilization procedure in which your cat’s ability to go into heat and reproduce is removed. The official name of the procedure is ovariohysterectomy which means the removal of both the ovaries and the uterus. In some countries, veterinarians carry out a slightly different procedure called an ovariectomy, which involves the removal of just the ovaries. Both procedures are considered an effective way of neutering. In male cats, the neutering procedure is called castration, this is a completely different procedure and involves the removal of both testicles.
There are many benefits to getting your cat spayed. These include the prevention of unwanted pregnancies, reducing their chances of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, being compelled to stray too far away from home, and getting into fights with other cats.
Cats can be spayed from around 4 months of age, but some owners choose to wait until they are 6 months of age. It is strongly recommended to keep them inside and not let them out before they have had their operation.
Benefits of Spaying Your Cat
There are some very good reasons for spaying your cat. The most important ones to consider are listed below:
The Spay Procedure
This is a surgical procedure which is always carried out under general anesthesia.
The Day of the Operation
The neutering procedure is generally very safe, however, some complications may arise, as is the case with any surgery under general anesthetic.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Will my cat need to wear an e-collar after being neutered?
Most cats will be sent home wearing an e-collar. This prevents them from licking the surgical site and potentially introducing infection or causing the wound to break down. Some cats will fuss and lick more than others, so it does depend on the individual to a certain extent.
Will neutering cause my cat to gain weight?
Due to the reduction in circulating hormones, your cat may end up needing less to eat than before they were spayed. It is usually advised to reduce portion sizes or change their diet to one containing fewer calories. Only do these things after a discussion with your vet.
Does my cat that lives solely indoors need neutering?
Yes, you should still neuter your cat even if they don’t go outside. All of the health benefits mentioned above will still apply, such as the prevention of pyometra, cancers, and uterine torsion. If your cat comes into heat indoors it can be stressful for them too.
In most scenarios, it is in your cat’s best interest to get them spayed. If you plan to breed your cat, you must do this responsibly and under the guidance of your vet. There are many benefits of spaying your cat, including avoidance of various health issues as well as behavioral benefits. The spay operation is generally quick and straightforward and your cat is expected to recover within two weeks.
It does come with risks, as with any surgical procedure under general anesthesia. If you have any concerns, your vet will happily talk it over with you.
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