Cats are early bloomers. Your kitten can go into heat as young as 4 months old. It is recommended that kittens undergo spaying by the time they are 6 months old. Not only does this help prevent your cat from going into heat but it offers enormous health benefits to your beloved feline.
No cat owner likes to think of their kitten being put under anesthesia for a surgical procedure, but spaying does require that your cat be out for the count. The spaying procedure involves the removal of your cat’s reproductive organs, including the ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes. This, obviously, prevents your cat from being able to conceive a litter of kittens. While this procedure may sound extremely, spaying is actually one of the healthiest things you can do for your young cat.
Health Benefits of Spaying Your Cat
While spaying eliminates the possibility of your cat ever having kittens, there are also incredible health benefits to this procedure. Because the ovaries are removed, your cat no longer has the possibility of developing ovarian cancer. The same goes for uterine infections – they will not be possible if your cat has had her uterus removed.
The chances of your cat developing cervical cancer and breast cancer are also dramatically reduced after spaying. These incredibly serious diseases are painful and awful for humans to experience – pets would suffer just as greatly.
Being able to save your pet from suffering with cancer or any sort of preventable health infection is an amazing gift that you, as a pet owner, can provide.
Prevent Your Cat from Going Into Heat
By getting your kitten spayed, you give your cat the advantage of not going into heat – something that typically occurs three or four times a year for cats that are not spayed. A cat will come into heat when she has sexually matured, meaning she is officially fertile and receptive to mating with another feline.
While this may not seem like such a big deal, especially if you know your cat will not be in contact with male cats or any other cats at all, with heat comes plenty of undesirable side effects whether you like it or not. Your cat may meow or howl loudly to attract males – often known, appropriately, as cat calling. She may become more affectionate with you, other people, other pets, and yes, even furniture, rubbing and rolling wherever she can.
Spraying is one of the biggest complaints from owners of cats that are not spayed. Your cat may spray urine on any surface – her urine is scented with estrogen to attract mates. But all she’s likely to do is attract your ire. You may also be irritated by your cat’s over-grooming of herself, especially her genital area. And don’t be surprised if your cat tries to escape in an effort to go out into the world to find a mate.
While you may love the idea of having a basketful of kittens around, it’s always important to remember that the pet population is out of control. Having your kitten spayed helps prevent the conception of unwanted kittens. Even though you may have good intentions for the survival of your cat’s kittens, they may end up in homes that do not love them like you would, or they in turn are not spayed and produce more kittens than society needs roaming the streets.
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