For a female cat, having her spayed keeps her from entering into a heat cycle, a cycle which can last anywhere from three to five days and happens roughly three to four times a year. By having her fixed, you also remove the chances that she will suffer uterine infections, and chances of tumors of her mammary glands, ovaries and uterus are severely lessened.
For a male cat, the first and most noticeable change is that his urine will not have such a strong odor. He will also lose much, if not all, of his aggressive behavior which may include marking, humping, and territoriality. By having your male cat neutered you will also reduce any chance of tumors in his prostate and anal areas.
Both females and males are sedated with general anesthesia to keep them still and unaware of the procedure. A male cat is then neutered in a surgical procedure which removes both of his testicles. A female cat is spayed. This major surgery removes all of her reproductive organs (the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus). Because this surgery is more invasive, we may ask to keep your female cat overnight in the vet’s office and will, for this surgery, have a portion of her stomach shaved.
While cats as young as eight weeks can be spayed or neutered with no ill effects, we recommend that you wait until your cat is at least four months. It can be difficult for us to safely sedate a cat as young as eight weeks, and we have no desire to cause your pet undue stress by performing surgery on them without placing them under anesthesia.
If your female cat is a companion rather than a show animal then there is no need for her to produce a litter before she is spayed. And, despite the old wive’s tale, it is better for your cat to not have to undergo the stress of a heat before she is fixed.
Research has shown that a female cat spayed after her first heat is seven times as likely to suffer mammary cancer than a cat who has never gone through a heat.
No. Although many people have mistakenly believed that spaying or neutering makes their cat inactive and overweight, this is simply untrue. The only way your cat will get fat is by overeating. As every cat matures, they become less active than they were as kittens, just as adult humans and dogs have less energy than children and puppies. Simply play with your cat and keep an eye on their diet to avoid weight problems.
At Pet Doctor, we pride ourselves on giving quality care to all our patients. While we are not the cheapest veterinarians in town, we are also not the most expensive. Unlike other clinics, we won’t hide surprises in your bill, quoting you a low initial price and then adding extra hidden charges.
Some clinics have a low price for the surgery, but will charge you separately for the anesthesia, pain medication, medical waste fees and follow up care. At Pet Doctor we tell you up front not only what procedures your pet will undergo, but what prices, as well.
Your pet’s surgery will include an examination before the surgery, anesthesia, surgery, Pulse Oximetry Monitoring – which measures the oxygen saturation of your pet’s blood – and after the surgery will provide pain and antibiotic injections all at standard costs.
Anyone who has ever owned a cat knows that they are masters of deception when it comes to hiding their pain. The easiest way to determine if your cat, especially if it’s an older cat, is suffering from any pain or illness is to have a blood test every six to twelve months. Unfortunately, many diseases that were thought to be geriatric problems are now being seen in younger animals.
While this may be due to environment and lifestyle, it may also simply be that we are now more aware of our pets health and are looking more closely at even the most healthy looking of younger cats. No matter how young or old your cat is, annual blood screening can not only help us catch problems before they start, they can also give us a good baseline of normal values which can be useful for a vet to keep an eye on. Blood tests are also a good way for us to keep an eye on your pet between the first spaying or neutering and visits later in life when your pet is entering into the later years of their life.
Of all the cats we see, almost 27% who appear healthy in their physical examination have abnormal blood test results. Of these cats, one in three may have a serious, life threatening health issue. But now, with early detection, we are able to start treatment early, which gives your pet a better chance than they had before. This is just one more reason why blood testing is important for your cat.
In a perfect world we would be able to run a full panel on your cat with a complete chemistry profile, thyroid check, blood count and urinalysis every six months starting from your cat’s fourth month of life. However, this can be a bit much for a young pet and his owner.
Instead, we recommend a blood profile to check the major enzymes of the liver, BUN and creatinine for the kidneys, blood protein levels and blood cell counts once a year, starting from when your pet is four months old. This should catch any problems likely to occur in a younger cat. if your pet seems to require it, and as they get older, we may also recommend a thyroid test or a urinalysis to check for diabetes, urinary tract infection, urinary crystal formation or other common problems.
Ideally this blood profile should be done every year when your pet comes in for their vaccinations and examination. These tests will give us a quick look at what’s going on with your cat’s kidneys, liver, heart and thyroid, and allow us to check for signs of disease as well as any signs of diabetes, anemia, dehydration, infection and more. It is important to catch any problems early to give us a better chance at controlling and overcoming any problems your pet may be suffering. Blood testing regularly can be a wonderful tool for preventative health care.