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Spay / Neuter

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One male and one female cat can have approximately four litters of four kittens per year. Over the course of ten years, all those cats and the resulting offspring would add up to 80,399,780 cats! It is a small price to pay for your pet’s improved health and for prevention an unwanted litter (which brings about even more expense for food, care, and veterinary costs). Spaying or neutering will NOT cause an overall personality change. Instead, the reduction of hormones as a result of the surgery will likely reduce the pet’s irritability and moody behavior. Spayed and neutered (“altered”) pets are less likely to roam, bite (people or animals), or fight other animals. They generally become more affectionate companions as well. Neutered cats are less likely to spray and mark their territory. Spaying a female dog or cat eliminates its heat cycle (in dogs- up twenty-one days long, twice a year; in cats- three to fifteen days, three or more times a year). Females in heat often cry incessantly, show nervous behavior, and attract unwanted male animals.

NEUTER

NEUTER

  • Neutered cats are less likely to spray strong urine
  • Neutered cats will lose the urge to fight
  • Neutered cats will be less likely to try to escape
  • Neutered cats will not suffer the abscesses from fighting
  • Neutered cats will be less likely to contract diseases such as FeLV and FIV
  • Neutered cats will not be subject to testicular cancer
  • Neutered cats will not likely develop “stud tail,” caused by overactive glands in the tail
  • Neutered cats have a decreased risk of mammary cancer
SPAY

SPAY

  • Decreased Risk of Mammary Cancer (Ideally, to give a female cat protection against mammary cancer, she should be spayed prior to her first heat. Each subsequent heat brings a greater chance of mammary cancer at a later time.
  • Eliminates Risk of Ovarian or Uterine Cancer
  • Spaying a cat involves the removal of the uterus and ovaries. No organs: no cancer; simple as that.
  • Eliminates Chances of Pyometritis
  • Pyometra is a virulent bacteria that attacks the uterus of cats, usually a week or so after estrus, and is a potentially fatal infection.