Of all the healthy things that you and your vet can do for your pet, spay and neuter for cats is one of the most beneficial. It’s very healthy for cats in several ways, both physically and psychologically. The spay and neuter procedure is a safe and affordable type of minor surgery, the most common surgical procedure that veterinarians perform. Valley Pet Care of Modesto, CA, provides spay and neuter services for both cats and dogs, and we perform hundreds of these procedures each year.
Why Spay And Neuter For Cats?
Besides all the health benefits your cat will enjoy, you’ll also be helping to alleviate the serious cat overpopulation problem in the U.S. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that there may be as many as 70 million stray cats in the U.S. and that 41% of the cats that end up in shelters are put to sleep. There simply isn’t enough room to keep them nor homes to adopt them. Spay and neuter for cats are one of the primary ways of reducing the cat population and keeping them off the street and out of shelters.
Benefits Of Spay And Neuter For Cats
Spaying is the removal of the female’s reproductive organs, while neutering is the removal of the male’s testicles. Both realize significant, though different, health benefits from the procedure.
Benefits for Female Cats
- Reduces the risk of breast cancer and associated tumors
- Eliminates the risk of ovarian cysts and uterine disease as well as pregnancy and birth complications
- Eliminates the heat cycle and the crying and howling behavior normally displayed during it.
Benefits for Male Cats
- Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer
- Reduces the risk of prostate problems
- Decreases aggressive behavior and the urge to wander, as well as urinating on carpets and furniture to mark territory
The Spay And Neuter Procedure
The night before surgery, you’ll need to keep your cat from consuming anything but water after about 10 PM. During the procedure, your pet will be anesthetized and their vital signs will be constantly monitored throughout the process. Afterward, they’ll stay in the recovery room for a few hours, and then you’ll be able to take them home. Your vet will give you instructions for postoperative care at home.
To schedule spay and neuter for cats at Valley Pet Care, please fill out our online form and we’ll be in touch shortly.