Las Vegas Cat Veterinarian Weighs in on Spaying and Neutering
When you bring a kitten into your home, there are many vaccines and procedures that you need to keep track of during the kitten's first year. Our Las Vegas cat clinic is here to provide care each step of the way and help you stay on the recommended schedule for kitten care. One of the procedures you should seriously consider, usually when your kitten is between 12 weeks and 6 months old, is to have the kitten spayed or neutered by our cat veterinarians. Spaying and neutering are routine surgeries that remove the kitten's reproductive organs. Cats who have undergone spay and neutering surgeries are less influenced by hormones and have fewer behavioral and health problems throughout their lives.
Top 3 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Cat at a Cat Clinic
1. Reduce Overpopulation: Failure to spay and neuter cats is a large part of the reason that shelters have far more cats in them than they can handle. Many shelters have to euthanize cats when they are overpopulated because there aren't enough households willing to adopt the cats. Spaying or neutering your cat is how you can do your part to reduce overpopulation.
2. Promote Future Health: Female cats that have been spayed have a significantly lower risk of developing life threatening uterine infections, mammary infections, and even mammary cancer. Male cats that have been neutered have a lower chance of developing testicular cancer. These will help keep you out of the veterinary hospital as much as possible.
3. Stabilize Behavior: Cats go through some unwanted behavior cycles when they are influenced by their hormones. Male and female cats are known to spray urine in the house in an effort to mark their territory, and this behavior significantly decreases after being spayed or neutered. Cats are also more driven to get outdoors and roam the neighborhood looking for a mate if they have not been spayed or neutered. And of course, spaying your female cat will keep her from going into heat, which prevents some noisy and unpleasant behavior as well as unplanned pregnancies.
What factors are most important to you when deciding whether to spay or neuter your cat?