Why Spay or Neuter?
What Are Spaying and Neutering?

Commonly known as fixing, spaying and neutering simply make your kitten unable to reproduce. Spaying is performed on females. It consists of an ovario-hysterectomy, the removal of the ovaries and uterus. Neutering, for males, removes the testicles.

Most cats should be spayed or neutered before they reach six months of age. Both operations are performed under general anesthesia and may require a short stay at the veterinarian's office. When you bring your kitten to your veterinarian for his or her first thorough examination, have the doctor explain the operation in detail and set up a time to have the procedure done.

What Are the Benefits for My Spayed or Neutered Kitten?

For most pet parents, the expense, time and expertise involved in breeding cats responsibly is beyond their reach. Here are some advantages to having your kitten spayed or neutered:

  • Health and longevity — Having your pet spayed or neutered will give them a longer life by preventing health concerns like pyometra and breast cancer in females, and testicular or prostatic cancer in males.
  • Better behavior and obedience — Females will no longer go into heat, which normally occurs every six months. Neutered males tend to be less aggressive, have less of an urge to mark territory and are less likely to roam than unneutered males.
  • Preventing overpopulation — Spaying or neutering your pet will also keep them from bearing more litters. There are already more pets out there than people to take care of them. By fixing your kitten, you can help reduce cases of homeless and euthanized pets.
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