Unless you are considering breeding, we recommend you bring in your cat at 5-6 months of age for their neutering.
Neutering for females referred to as spaying is the complete removal of the ovaries and uterus. It involves a general anesthesia and is a major abdominal surgery. Female cats should be spayed before their first heat cycle. Female cats are kept overnight following surgery. An unspayed female cat is at a higher risk for uterine infections and mammary tumors.
Neutering for males referred to as castration, is the removal of the testicles. It involves a general anesthetic. Male cats are generally discharged from the hospital towards the end of their surgical day. Neutering your male kitten decreases their desire to spray and mark territory as well decreases the risk of developing prostate infections and cancer.
A neutered cat:
- Is less concerned with marking their territory with urine (both indoors and outdoors)
- Has less desire to run away or roam in search of a mate
- Makes a calmer and gentler pet
- Avoid certain health risks – such as pyometra (uterine infection) a life-threatening infection in female mammals.