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Did you know that an un-neutered female cat can be responsible for over 20,000 descendants in only five years?
With so many homeless cats in rescue shelters needing homes and not enough homes to take them, it makes sense to neuter and spay then, doesn’t it?
Not only does spaying prevent pregnancy in females but it can also help prevent uterine infections and breast cancer. Spaying your female kitten also means she won’t go into heat and be yowling all night for a mate, which is usually four to five days every three weeks during breeding season.
Neutering your male cat provides major health benefits for him too. Besides preventing him from being the father of many litters, neutering your male cat can prevent testicular cancer.
Male cats have a strong tendency to roam and mark their territory by spraying urine (often indoors). The un-neutered male cat can also be aggressive towards other cats which puts him at a higher risk of serious infectious disease, such as feline immunodeficiency virus (feline ‘AIDS’) and feline leukemia virus. Both these diseases are usually transmitted through cat bites.
When to neuter or spay your cat.
Kittens reach sexual maturity from around the age of 5 to 8 months, so the best you can do for your kitten is to get it spayed or neutered then.
What does spaying involve?
OK, now for the squeamish bit, which is not as bad as it sounds really, and I don’t mean to put you off.
Spaying is the removal of the ovaries and uterus (under general anaesthetic). Your vet will of course ask you to withhold food from your pet the evening prior to the operation. Before procedure an incision will have to be made in the abdomen (some fur will be shaved). Usually your kitten will be able to return home the same day and most cats feel back to normal by the next day.
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Neutering the male cat (castration)
Castration of the male cat involves removing the cat’s testes under general anaesthetic through small incisions into the scrotum. The vet will ask you to fast your cat in the evening prior to surgery. The kitten will usually be able to go home the same day.
Please don’t worry as cats usually recover from the neutering operation quite quickly. Obviously, they can be a little drowsy at first, but by the next day they are soon back to their usual lively selves.
Make sure you keep your kitten indoors so that the wound can heal. The vet will probably give you a special collar for your cat to wear to prevent any damage being done to the wound should he or she start to scratch it.