Spay and Neuter Surgeries
Not only will spaying and neutering your kitties help keep the feline population under control, but it also improves the quality of life for your cats!
Un-neutered male cats tend to mark their territory by spraying. Once they have started marking your walls and furniture it is often difficult to break them of this habit even after they are neutered. Prevention is the key in this case. Neutered cats are also better companions in that they are calmer, cuddlier and tend to stay closer to home even if they are let outside. Male cats left intact until adulthood will often wander miles from home, increasing their risk of diseases, fights and accidents.
Please keep your kitty happy and healthy by having him neutered at an early age. At the Cat Care Clinic, we recommend four months of age and four pounds in weight.
The most common neuter surgery consists of anesthesia and a single skin incision on the scrotum to remove the testicles. In rare cases, your cat may have a testicle that has not dropped into the scrotal sac and is retained in the abdomen (cryptorchid). In this case, we will need to make an abdominal incision to extract the testicle. This is a more complicated surgery and will cost more. In any neuter surgery, your cat is given a small tattoo on its stomach to indicate he has been neutered and we have gotten both testicles. In most cases, your cat can go home the same day as the surgery. We ask that you keep him quiet for a few days and monitor so that he does not lick his incision site.
Female cats that are spayed often tend to be calmer and friendlier than their un-fixed counterparts. However, the most important reason for spaying your female kitten is the substantial benefit to her health. If left intact, female cats are at a much higher risk for developing mammary gland tumors. Their risk increases with each heat cycle and these tumors are almost guaranteed if your kitty is allowed to have a litter.
Another serious condition that affects un-spayed females is called Pyometra. Pyometra is an infection in the uterus which causes a build up of pus. If left unnoticed or untreated for too long, it can be a serious threat to your cat’s life. The treatment for Pyometra is spaying but cats with infections experience a greater risk undergoing anesthesia. The only completely safe cure is prevention!
We recommend spaying your kitty at four months of age and four pounds in weight. This surgery requires making an incision into the abdomen and removing the uterus and the ovaries. The surgery site is then closed with dissolvable sutures. If your cat is pregnant or in heat, this surgery is more complicated and more risky. This is why it is best to spay your cat before her first heat. In most cases, we send your cat home the same day as surgery if she has recovered well. At the discretion of the doctor, we may ask that she stay the night. In any case, we ask you to keep her quiet and inside for several days, monitor her incision site, and make sure she is not licking the incision site. Like the boys, we tattoo your girl to make it easy to see she has been spayed.