Here at Just Cats, we strongly recommend that all pet cats are neutered or spayed. There are numerous health benifits to spay or neuter and the risks of fighting, picking up injuries related to wandering and picking up contagious diseases are all decreased by having this procedure performed. Aside from the direct benifits for your cat, it is better for the cat population that you spay or neuter your beautiful pet. There are thousand upon thousands of ferel and pet cats and kittens killed and euthanised each year due to over-population. There are simply not enough homes for all of these beauties, so if you want kittens that badly, please foster or adopt kittens that are in need, rather than allowing your cat to breed and adding to this huge problem.
So what is involved?
Neutering refers to male cats generally, whereas the female procedure is more commonly called spaying. Your cat needs to be fasted from midnight the night before surgery. However, they can have water. The procedure will involve staying for a day in the hospital. A full general anaesthetic is given to your cat using the same modern techniques that are used in human hospitals.
In males the testicles are removed, in females the ovaries & the uterus are removed. These are both done through small incisions, and only the females will require stitches. Here at Just Cats, a post-operative check is done after 3 days and a final check at 10-14 days. Post-operative check ups are provided at no extra cost to you.
Usually ‘under-the-skin' stitches are used, and these do not require removal. Pain relief is provided before, during & after the surgery. Occasionally some cats will require some additional pain relief, but our veterinary surgeons & nurses will guide you on this.
The risks associated with anaesthesia & surgery are low, & recovery is usually rapid. Complications are rare, but these are monitored at the 3 day & 10 day post-op checks.
What is the owner’s responsibility after the operation?
The first evening after surgery your cat will be quieter than normal. This is due to the residual anaesthetic effects. They will however, be fully awake by the time of discharge. By the following day most cats will be back to normal and then begins the difficult task of trying to keep them quiet! It is also important that you do not allow them to lick at their surgical incision. A ‘Lampshade” collar can be provided to prevent licking, if necessary. Jumping and boisterous play are forbidden; gentle activity around the house for the first 10 days is recommended. After that, a slow return to their normal exercise level is allowed.
The Benefits of Neutering
Neutering your cat is an essential part of responsible pet ownership. The benefits of neutering include:
Preventing unwanted kittens. Thousands of cats & kittens are put to sleep every year in Ireland.
Reducing the risk of serious illnesses such as:
· Womb infection
· Mammary Cancers
· Ovarian Cancers
· Uterine Cancers
· Testicular Cancers
· Prostate problems and some Prostate Cancers
· Some Rectal Growths and Cancers
Making your cat less prone to developing problem behaviours like wandering, aggression, spraying etc.
Are there downsides to neutering?
There are no downsides to neutering. Behavioural changes are a myth, except for a decrease in roaming and some aggressive behaviours. However, the reduction in your cat’s sex hormones may cause a slow down in their metabolism. Your cat will burn fewer calories and thus requires fewer calories to maintain their normal weight.
When do we recommend to neuter?
We recommend that all kittens should be spayed or neutered at 4 months of age. Female kittens can come into heat at 5 months of age and so spaying at 4 months old eliminates the risk of unwanted pregnancy. It also reduces their risk of developing mammary cancer by 91%.
In male kittens, early neutering at 4 months will reduce undesirable behaviors such as spraying, roaming and fighting, as well as unwanted mating. It will also reduce the incidence of other medical conditions in later life as outlined already.
Sexual contact and agression-related contact between cats is responsible for the spread of fatal diseases such as feline leukemia virus (FeLV), and 'feline AIDS' (FIV). Early neutering is an important part of the control of these diseases in our cat population, along with vaccination against FeLV.
Please neuter, and spread the word!
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