It's not easy to say goodbye to cherished pets, even those that have lived long, happy lives. Although you may hate the thought of life without your pet, euthanasia can be the kindest decision you ...View Article
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Posted on 09-23-2016
Millions of unwanted cats are euthanized each year, and the problem is increasing. The solution is one everyone can contribute to: spaying or neutering your cat. At All About Cats, our Las Vegas veterinarian team recommends having every cat spayed or neutered, ideally in their first year. Here are some of the most common questions pet owners have before bringing their cats in for the procedure:
Recovery is easiest for young cats in the first year of their life, but we can spay or neuter a cat at any age. They'll still reap benefits from the procedure, no matter how old they are.
It's a myth that cats will get fat and lazy once they've been spayed or neutered. Your cat's weight is directly connected to what you feed it and how much exercise it gets. Provide your pet with healthy food and give it climbing spaces and other ways to play, and it will stay a healthy weight.
Male cats that are altered are less likely to suffer from feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus which are both contracted from fighting or breeding with other cats. It will also decrease testicular disease in male cats, as well as mammary tumors and uterine infections in female cats.
Most pets will be calmer and less likely to roam after being spayed or neutered. Cats roam for hunting as well as for reproduction, so the desire will still be there, but not as strong. In the home, you may find your cat being more affectionate and enjoying petting and grooming more.
In almost every case, it will. The procedure eliminates the hormonal need to spray. If your cat still sprays afterward, it's probably a behavioral problem. See the doctor to make sure.
If you're looking for a specialized cat veterinarian in the Las Vegas area, All About Cats Cat Veterinary Hospital should be your first choice. Call our office for an appointment at (702) 257-3222.
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