Spay and Neuter
The Incomparable Benefits of Cat Spay and Neuter Surgery
If you’ve recently adopted a kitten, you may be anticipating spay and neuter surgery for your feline and for good reason. For many cats, this routine yet essential surgery offers incomparable benefits our cat community couldn’t receive any other way. Firstly, responsible spay and neuter surgery reduces animal overpopulation. With cat breeding season being for much of the year (generally March through September), cats are capable of birthing up to three litters in one year! No less important than helping control cat population are the behavioral and medical benefits cats receive from spay and neuter surgery. After all, a better-behaved cat likely to live a long life makes for a higher quality of life. At our New Orleans practice, we hope to guide you on spay or neuter surgery for your feline.
Let’s Talk More About the Benefits
When male cats are neutered and female cats are spayed before reproductive maturity, they receive several added benefits from the procedure. Female cats spayed before their first heat cycle are much less likely to develop breast cancer. Both male and female cats are indirectly at less risk for several serious diseases when spayed or neutered as well. When roaming behavior that sends cats in search of a mate is reduced, they are less likely to contract feline leukemia (FeLV), feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). The benefits of spay and neuter surgery include:
- The chance of unwanted pregnancies is eliminated in females
- Any chance of ovarian cancer is eliminated in females
- The likelihood for breast cancer is dramatically decreased in females
- Urine spraying and marking behavior is less likely in males and females
- Roaming behavior is less likely in males and females
- Any chance for testicular cancer is eliminated in males
- Prostate problems are less likely in males
- Dominant behavior may be reduced in males
What About When
The time cats should be spayed or neutered is determined on a case-by-case basis because we must consider many factors other than when your pet is likely to be sexually mature. Spaying and neutering your cat is a personal decision and we make every effort to balance our recommendations with our patient’s lifestyles. If you plan to breed or show your cat, spay or neuter surgery might not be in your cat’s future. Still, many patients benefit from and have spay and neuter surgery around four to five months of age. Early spay and neuter ensures female cats will not become pregnant and reduces associated health risks in males and females. Please ask us for more information and schedule a wellness exam for a thorough spay and neuter consultation.