Spaying a cat refers to a surgical procedure where cats are made unable to breed. A veterinarian performs the procedure and the cat’s reproductive organs are carefully removed. There are many factors for cat owners to consider before spaying their cat. While there are several health benefits to the procedure, there are still some risks to take into consideration. Spaying a cat helps prevent unplanned breeding and the birth of cats that may be left without a home. The spaying procedure itself is fast and relatively painless and cats can be back to their normal activities within about a day of the surgery.
Some of the health benefits that stem from spaying a cat include a decreased likelihood of getting cancer. Spayed female cats are less likely to get breast or ovarian cancer. Neutered male cats are less likely to get testicular cancer. Spaying a cat can also improve its behavior. It helps make cats less susceptible to disease and therefore healthier. Cats that are spayed become more loyal to their owners and are more likely to remain in their homes rather than roam unprotected. Another benefit for female cats is that their heat cycles cease upon being spayed. They are then less likely to act in a defensive way and attract unwanted attention from male cats.
There are a few risks associated with spaying a cat. If the procedure is done before the cat has reached six months of age, it can have negative effects. If the cat is too young, then the procedure can hinder their growth and also have negative behavioral side effects. To avoid any other risks the owner should take the necessary pre- and post-surgery precautions. By following the instructions of a veterinarian, the cat can avoid any complications during surgery and can also heal quickly and painlessly afterwards.
The cost of spaying a cat varies depending on where the owner lives. There are clinics across the nation that offer the service for as little as $35. In other areas and clinics the procedure can run up to $350. It is important that an owner researches the clinics near their home to find a local procedure that is performed within their price range. Over time the cost of the surgery will amount to much less than it will cost to take care of a cat and its possible litter if the cat were not spayed.