The most common surgical procedure in a veterinary hospital would be the spay/neuter. It can also be a very personal and contentious issue. We consider these surgeries as a valuable part of a pet’s preventative care – we see so many reasons to do so on a daily basis. We see patients with physical conditions related to their reproductive organs. We consult with patients dealing with hormone-related behavioural issues. We are always happy to discuss reasons and concerns about your own cat.

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What is spaying or neutering?

Spaying or neutering is the removal of the reproductive organs of a cat. This surgery provides the assurance that they will no longer have heat cycles, unexpected pregnancies, or the urge to start spraying (male cats).

When should I neuter/spay my cat?

Cats can undergo spay/neuter surgery at around six months of age. Depending on your goals and the health concerns of your cat, this timeline may be adjusted.

What is the procedure to spay/neuter a cat?

A cat spay is technically an ovariohysterectomy. The surgery removes a female cat’s ovaries and uterus to prevent her from becoming pregnant and prevent associated reproductive diseases. A neuter is a castration which means a male cat’s testicles are removed. The same reasoning applies to males as females with the additional benefit of minimizing many of the testosterone-related behaviours.

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