Spaying is the removal of a female cat’s ovaries and uterus; neutering is the removal of a male cat’s testicles. Spaying involves major surgery, and is performed via an incision made to the cat’s lower abdomen. Through this incision, the veterinarian gains access to the cat’s reproductive organs. Neutering consists of removing the testicles after making a small incision in the scrotum.
Here are the most common myths, I found over the Internet:
Every female cat should have kittens at least once in her life.
There are no medical reasons that promote this statement. Pregnancy and labor is a burden for a cat, especially if she’s too young or old. So if you’re not a breeder, you shouldn’t expose your cat to additional suffering.
Spay/neuter shorten the cat’s life.
It’s actually the other way around. It eliminates the risk of cancer and some diseases. Fixed cats live even 2 years longer than other cats.
The small kittens are so cute, that there will definitely be someone to adopt them.
Sadly there are no enough people who want to adopt a cat. By fixing your cat, you ensure that you don’t contribute to the stray cats’ problem. Every year millions of cats are put to sleep or abandoned, because pet owners don’t bother to fix their cats. Then the cat grows up and make some problems, people prefer to get rid of it instead of face the responsibility.
The cat becomes lazy and fat after the surgery.
It is true that cat’s become less aggressive, but it doesn’t mean that it will lose the energy and a will to play. Also it is recommended to change the food to the special natured cat’s food.
Your female cat is less likely to develop mammary gland tumors, which are most often cancerous.
The possibility of developing pyometra is completely eliminated with spaying.
The chance your cat might develop malignant tumors of the ovaries and uterus are eliminated with spaying.
Male cats are no longer at risk for developing testicular cancer after they are neutered.
Performing the surgery before 6 months of age provides the greatest health benefit.
A three month old cat is ready for spaying; if you get your pet cat from a shelter, ensure that the animal is fixed. The surgery is a simple one and is over in minutes; usually general anesthesia is used.
Of course you need to take care of your cat after the surgery: the best way is to make an appointment on Friday, so you will have the whole weekend to stay with your pet. It doesn’t take long for cat to recover, they usually behave normal the next day. You just need to ensure that cat doesn’t jump, run or lick the stitches. You also should keep the cat, especially a female cat worm during the winter period, as her tummy is most likely shaved. So if you really care about your cat, give it a favor and fix it!