Spaying your female pet:
- Eliminates the heat cycle and associated symptoms such as crying and nervous pacing.
- Stops unwelcome visits by male suitors.
- Reduces the risk of breast cancer, one of the most common malignancies in the female feline.
- Prevents diseases of the uterus and ovaries as well as some skin disorders.
Neutering your male pet:
- Reduces or eliminates the tendency to mark territory with strong-smelling urine.
- May reduce the likelihood that your pet will stray from home and become lost or injured.
Myths about spaying or neutering
"Spaying or neutering my pet will cause obesity." False. Exercise and proper diet will keep your pet healthy and active.
"My female pet needs to have a heat period and litter to round out her personality." False. There is no proven benefit in allowing the animal to have a heat period or a litter prior to spaying.
What happens during the surgery?
A qualified veterinarian must perform both types of surgeries. The procedures are performed with pain control under full anaesthesia and sterile conditions.
The spaying of a cat, which involves the removal of the female reproductive tract, is best performed at 5 to 6 months of age. The neutering of a cat, which involves the removal of the male testes, is best performed after 5 months of age or when the testes are fully developed.