What You Need to Know About Spay/Neuter


It is not necessary or even desirable for a female cat to have a heat cycle before she is spayed. A heat cycle will cause your female cat a lot of physical and emotional upset, may possibly make your cat ill, will drive both of you crazy, and is totally unnecessary from a medical and a behavioral point of view. Females who don’t have kittens don’t think about having kittens, nor do they miss them. A female cat spayed before her first heat cycle has less than a 1 percent chance of developing breast cancer. A female cat spayed after her first heat cycle has an 8 percent chance of developing breast cancer.

Common Myths About Spay and Neuter

  • Spaying or neutering your cat does not:
  • Make your cat fat or lazy
  • Make your cat hyperactive
  • Take away your cat’s natural instincts, including the hunting instinct
  • Make your cat smaller or stunt his or her growth
  • Narrow your cat’s urethra or cause urinary tract problems
  • Cause immature behaviors
  • Cause aggressive behaviors
  • Cause your cat to eliminate inappropriately
  • Postpone or delay normal behavioral maturity
  • Alter your cat’s basic personality
  • Leave your cat feeling sexually deprived or wishing for sex

Important Reasons to Neuter Your Male Cat

  • Eliminates the risk of testicular cancer
  • Greatly reduces the risk of prostate cancer and prostatitis
  • Reduces the risk of perianal tumors
  • Reduces roaming and fighting behaviors
  • Reduces the risk of contracting bloodborne diseases such as feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
  • Eliminates urine marking behaviors in males neutered before the onset of these behaviors (usually before six months of age)
  • Extends your cat’s expected lifespan
  • Eliminates the risk and spread of sexually transmitted diseases
  • Eliminates unwanted litters

Important Reasons to Spay Your Female Cat

  • Eliminates the risk of ovarian and uterine cancer
  • Greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer
  • Eliminates the risk of pyometra, a life-threatening disease
  • Prevents cyclical hormonal changes that can interfere with diabetes or epilepsy medications
  • Eliminates unpleasant behavioral changes associated with the heat cycle
  • Extends your cat’s expected lifespan
  • Eliminates the risk and spread of sexually transmitted diseases
  • Eliminates unwanted litters
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