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.
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.