Many cat owners don’t always realise the importance of feline desexing until it’s too late. It’s usually at this point they have to take care of a litter of kittens or have to deal with a male cat that has sustained injuries or contracted a disease during one of his outings. To help cat owners make an informed decision, we take a look at feline desexing and what it means for your beloved kitty.
As veterinary surgery goes, desexing a cat is a simple and straightforward procedure. For male cats, two small incisions are made in their scrotum, through which their testes are removed. More often than not the incisions don’t even need stitching afterwards. Female cats receive a small incision in their abdomen or flank, through which both their ovaries and uterus are removed.
Normally it’s recommended that your cat is desexed when they are around six months of age, as this will halt any unwanted behaviour such as urine spraying and or wandering.
In the case of male cats, it is well known that their territories extend well past your property, which means that if they wander, they can get into fights with other cats, or risk dog bites and even worse. Bite wounds can also infect them with the feline immunodeficiency virus, which will impact on their lifestyle.
Desexing your female cat protects her from breast cancer and unexpected pregnancies. Considering that a female cat can go through puberty after only five months, and can become pregnant within a week of giving birth, desexing can be an easy and effective method to avoid a house full of kittens that have to be microchipped, vaccinated and fed.
Male cats recover very quickly from the procedure and can be expected to be back to their usual self in a day or two. Female cats, on the other hand, will have to be kept on rest for 10 days, which can be challenging, seeing as the surgery doesn’t result in lasting pain. Remember to consult your vet if her surgery site becomes red, swollen and or painful.
If you need any information about feline desexing, or want to find out if it’s the right choice for your cat, you can give us a call anytime.