Feline spaying, also known as female neutering, sterilisation, ‘fixing,’ desexing, ovary and uterine ablation or uterus removal, is a type of birth control for cats that controls feline population, genetic health defects and can also contribute to behaviour modification. It is recommended that cats get spayed between the ages of 5-7 months, or older.
There are many important reasons to get your cat spayed such as:
- Reducing the risk of having unwanted cat litters. Unwanted kittens are often left in shelters and run a high risk of never finding a home. Furthermore, many kittens grow up feral if they are left to fend for themselves as strays. If cats are left to grow up in unsanitary conditions, they are prone to catch infectious diseases, which can spread via cat scratches to humans or other pets.
- Female cats that have certain genetic deformities will not have any litters to pass their ailments onto, decreasing the number of cats that require more health attention or that run the risk of never being homed due to their defects.
- The prevention of ovarian cancer and uterine diseases can also be decreased by spaying female cats. Tumours are known to easily develop in cats with the presence of ovarian reproduction hormones.
- Female cats that have not been spayed may exhibit mating-related behaviour which includes, calling for male cats (which is loud persistent and can bring strays into your property), showing extra affection for their owners by rubbing on their faces and being excessively needy, and insistent scratching and biting of humans and other animals. Cat spaying helps reduce or eliminate these hormonal behaviors. When a female cat is at her most fertile, her urine releases hormonal scents which can further attract male cats to her area – increasing her risk of falling pregnant and also causing behavioral issues in other cats living in your home.
- Spayed females can sometimes have a lower metabolic rate which can result in increased weight gain. When a cat gets spayed, the hormones that help with the metabolism also get removed. A cat can receive the same diet they used to eat before getting spayed and still gain weight because of their slowed metabolism. Ensure that you keep your cat healthy by feeding her a steady, vet-approved diet of cat food that contains all necessary vitamins and minerals and avoid her eating any table scraps or excessive amounts of treats.
- The hormones that contribute to the development of your cat’s physical body and behaviour are created in her reproductive system, and once that is removed, her growth may be stunted. This could result in a smaller sized cat with somewhat immature behavioral tendencies. To avoid this, it is best to get your cat spayed no earlier than 4 months old.
- Hormones found in the ovaries also contribute in the development of strengthening the cat’s bladder. Once your cat has been spayed, her bladder retention decreases dramatically which can lead to urinary tract infections. It is crucial that you ensure your cat urinates regularly and doesn’t seem to be in any discomfort when urinating.
Get pet insurance to ensure you can get your cat spayed when she is old enough. Contact Oneplan Pet Insurance today for an obligation-free quote.