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Cat spaying/neutering: Is it worth it?

To spay or not to spay my cat is something I’ve been heavily thinking about. I decided to look into the matter and did some extensive research on cat spaying and neutering.

Experts recommend you spay/neuter your cat as early as 6 weeks. Spaying does not have an age limit and even your older cats, well in their teens, can be spayed. However, the vet will take extra precaution as they have already matured into sexually active felines.

What exactly is spaying/neutering?

Cat spaying is for female cats where the vets surgically remove your cat’s ovaries and uterus through a process called an ovariohysterectomy.

Cat neutering is for male cats where the vets remove your feline’s testicles through a surgical process.

Although both spaying and neutering are quite common, only licenced vets can perform these surgeries. The process is normally smooth and rarely has complications. Vets anaesthetize cats during the procedure making it more comfortable and painless. However, some cats may experience some discomfort after the effects of the anaesthetics on the body wear off.

It is normal for vets to require and carry out a few tests before the cat spaying/neutering process.

According to research, cats rarely die (0.03%) during the spaying/neutering process. However, female cats have a higher chance of dying (0.05%) compared to their male counterparts (0.02%). The process is generally safe with minimal complications.

Benefits of cat spaying/neutering.

  • Unnecessary roaming while searching for a mate.
  • Unnecessary urination trying to attract a mate
  • Aggressive mother cats trying to protect their kitten litter.
  • Prevents ovarian cancer for cats.
  • Help control pet overpopulation.

Downsides of spaying/neutering.

  • Your at may grow to be overweight. Spayed/neutered cats do not engage in the active physical activities of searching for a mate and mating. This means that they do not get to urn calories after they eat resulting in a weight gain.

Would you spay your cat? Let me know in the comments below.

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