In our last blog, we discussed the importance of spaying and neutering dogs. It’s a beneficial decision for your pet’s health and overall happiness! Like dogs, cats can also reproduce just as quickly as well as face multiple illnesses. Choosing to spay and neuter your cat can be a decision that may take some research and contemplation, but know that it’s a very common procedure and only takes a short time to recover from. Below, you’ll find information on the diseases your loving pet cat can avoid as well as other beneficial facts.
On average, three million cats are euthanized each year in the United States due to overpopulation and their inability to find a home. A fertile cat can give birth to three two-to-six kitten litters a year. Although saving every stray cat in America is impossible, neutering or spaying yours is a small step that can certainly help in controlling overpopulation.
Although having your female cat spayed seems like a temporary solution to some of her behaviors or health, in the long run, it will be well worth it. She will have the fortune of dodging potential life-threatening diseases such as:
- Mammary cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Uterine cancer
As for males, neutering can prevent such serious illnesses as testicular cancer. Treating and caring for a cat with cancer can be costly and hard to deal with on an emotional level. Rather than taking the chance and keeping your cat intact, neutering or spaying is the best way to go.
When in heat, cats are determined to find a mate, resulting in them leaving home. With a female, you’ll begin to notice her begging for attention more often than usual. Loud vocalizations are common during the peak of her heat cycle. Chances are you’ll notice male cats lurking outside your home.
As for males, fights are common when more than one male is attempting to pursue a female. Neutering lowers their testosterone levels and also eliminates the strong odor of their urine.
Many cat owners fear that their pet’s behavior will change after being spayed or neutered. Rest assured that you have nothing to worry about since this likely won’t happen. If anything, fixing your cat eliminates the howling and moaning associated with a female in heat and a male’s desire to roam around and cry for attention.
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Are you worried about your cat undergoing this procedure? Our pet doctors can assure you that there’s nothing to be concerned about since it’s quick and safe and your pet will likely be able to return home on the day of the procedure. Contact Valley Animal Hospital today to schedule an appointment. We’re conveniently located in Pharr near McAllen!