Ovariohysterectomy in Cats (Spay)
Ovariohysterectomy is the medical term for spaying a female cat. The procedure consists of surgical removal of both the ovaries and uterus. If the ovaries are not removed, the bothersome heat periods still occur even though pregnancy is no longer possible. Surgery is usually performed at 6 months of age; right before the first heat periods begin. Though it is routinely performed, ovariohysterectomy is a major abdominal surgery requiring general anesthesia and sterile operating technique. Prevention of pregnancy and heat periods are the main reasons for this surgery. This procedure can often be necessary for the treatment of severe uterine infections, ovarian/uterine tumors, and some skin disorders.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES?
A healthier, longer lived pet for you and your family
There will be no more heat periods.
There will be no unwanted kittens.
The uterine infections common to older cats rarely occur.
There is less chance of mammary gland cancer.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q.) Will it make my cat fat and lazy?
A.) While there is evidence that spayed and neutered animals may have a slightly slower metabolic rate; obesity is caused by excessive caloric intake. Weight can be controlled with proper feeding and exercise.
Q.) Will it change my cat’s personality, disposition, or intelligence?
A.) Cat’s personalities do not fully develop until one to two years of age. If there is a personality change in a cat spayed at a young age, it would have occurred without surgery.
Q.) Shouldn’t my cat have a litter first?
A.) There is no advantage in allowing your cat to have a litter of kittens. In fact, having kittens is more expensive than many people are aware.
Castration in Cats (Neuter)
Castration is the surgical removal of the testicles; usually around 6 months of age. Such surgery is performed to eliminate sexual activities, render the cat sterile, and to prevent common testicular diseases. Castration usually eliminates or dramatically reduces a male cat’s tendency to fight, roam, and spray urine (as well as the strong urine odor). Castrated males may still enjoy hunting activities. In older cats, castration may be necessary because diseases and cancers of the testicle or prostate gland develop. Castration produces a healthier pet for both you and your family.