Cat Speying and Castration

Cat Speying

What is speying?
Speying describes the surgical procedure known as an ovariohysterectomy. The ovaries and uterus are completely removed in order to sterilize a female cat.

Why should I have my cat speyed?
We recommended that all non-breeding cat be sterilized. There are health benefits associated with spaying your cat:

  1. Speying eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancers.
  2. If your cat is speyed before her first heat cycle, there is less than ½ of 1% (0.5%) chance of developing breast cancer.
  3. Speying your cat prevents unwanted litters and the needless deaths of tens of millions of kittens and cats each year.
  4. As a female cat reaches sexual maturity, she will start to wander seeking a mate. This can lead to fighting with other cats. Diseases such as FIV and FeLV, which can cause AIDS- like syndromes and cancers in cats, are spread through cat bites.

Pets with diabetes or epilepsy should be spayed to prevent hormonal changes that may interfere with medications.

Are there other benefits to speying my cat?
There is no medical or scientific reason for letting your cat have a litter before she is spayed.

Once a cat reaches puberty, usually four to seven months of age, she with have a heat or oestrus cycle every two to three weeks for most of the year, unless she becomes pregnant. She will be “on call” or receptive to mating for approximately one week in each cycle. During this time she may display unsociable behaviour such as loud and persistent crying and frequent rubbing and rolling on the floor.

This behaviour coupled with her scent, will attract male cats from miles around. Removal of the ovaries will stop her oestrus cycles.

What does a spey surgery involve?
This is a major surgical procedure that requires a general anaesthetic. You will need to fast your cat the night prior to surgery. Most cats return home the same day as the surgery.

The operation is performed through a relatively small incision made most commonly in the midline of the abdomen, just below the umbilicus. Both ovaries are removed along with the entire uterus.

Will speying have any effect on my cat?
There are many myths and rumour’s that are not supported by facts or research. Be sure to address any questions or concerns you may have with our veterinarians prior to surgery.

Cat Castration

Why should I have my cat castrated?
Castration is very beneficial to the health of the cat, especially if performed at an early age. Following puberty, which occurs at approximately eight to nine months of age; the male cat often develops a number of undesirable behavioural changes. He will become territorial and start to mark areas, even inside the house, by spraying urine. This urine has a particularly offensive odour and is difficult to remove. As the tomcat reaches sexual maturity, he will start to enlarge his territory, straying even father from the house especially at night. It is for this reason that many of the cats that are hit by cars are non desexed males. By increasing the size of his territory, he increases the likelihood that he will come in contact with other cats & will get into fights for territorial dominance. Inflicted fight wounds can result in severe infections & abscesses. Diseases such as FIV and FELV which can cause AIDS-like syndromes and cancers in cats are spread through cat bites. Last but not least, castrating prevents unwanted litters & the needless deaths of tens of millions of kittens & cats each year. The longer a Tomcat sprays & fights, the less likely neutering will stop these behaviours.

When should I have my cat castrated?
Many veterinarians recommend castration at around five to seven months of age, although it Is becoming more common to perform this procedure at an earlier age, such as four months, in an attempt to control overpopulation. Please contact us for further details regarding our Desexing policies.

What does the operation involve?
Your cat will undergo a general anaesthetic. You will need to withhold food for twelve hours prior to surgery. However, your pet should have free access to water. In male cats, both testicles are removed through as small incision in the scrotum. Since the incisions are very small, & stitches may cause irritation of the sensitive skin of the scrotum. It is rare for the incisions to be sutured. Each animal that is desexed must by law now have an ear tattoo. The tattoo is a small symbol that is tattooed into the left ear while under the general anaesthetic. 

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