As your pet grows older, he or she may develop a range of diseases and conditions associated with aging, such as obesity, diabetes, arthritis and kidney disease. Despite the health problems often ...View Article
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Surgical sterilization, or neutering, of your cat is a responsible decision for any cat owner. It is important to reduce the soaring pet population, reduce the number of homeless pets, and protect your cat’s health. Male cats are surgically castrated, while female cats are surgically spayed (ovariohysterectomy). Consider the following facts:
Don’t let the myths about neutering your cat dissuade you from this important decision. The procedure will not lead to obesity or laziness. Those conditions are brought on by the consumption of too many calories and having too little exercise. There is no benefit to allowing your cat to have a first heat cycle or pregnancy before neutering. In fact, it’s medically beneficial (see above) to spay your cat prior to a heat cycle or mating. There is also no scientific support for waiting for sexual maturity in order to reduce the likelihood of urinary problems in male or female cats.
We recommend that neutering be done in the age range of 4-5 months. This provides the optimum size and age for a safe and easy procedure and rapid recovery. If desired, surgical declawing procedures may be done at the same time as neutering so the number of anesthetic procedures is minimized.