Cat Neutering and Spaying
Spaying and neutering is the most critical component of pet population control. Unfortunately, our shelters are still overwhelmed with a large number of dogs and cats that do not have homes. Spaying and neutering can ensure that we do not add to the issue of an excess of puppies or kitties that cannot find a loving home.
What is spaying or neutering?
Neutering (‘castration’) is performed on males. This surgery involves the removal of both testicles and therefore eliminates testosterone from the body. It prevents male cats from reproducing and helps control the pet population.
Spaying (‘ovariohysterectomy’) is performed on females. This surgery involves the removal of both ovaries and the uterus and eliminates estrogen from the body. It protects against unwanted pregnancies.
When should I spay or neuter my cat?
We recommend that cats be at least six months of age before spaying or neutering. This ensures that they are big enough and old enough to handle anesthesia well. This is also an excellent opportunity for us to ensure that all the adult teeth have erupted as they should and that no baby teeth remain (what we call ‘retained’ baby teeth).
If there are siblings of different sexes in the house, it is recommended to spay and neuter a bit earlier (typically around about five months) to ensure population control.