The most responsible thing you can do as a cat owner is to spay or neuter your cat. The ASPCA freports that there are between 74 and 96 million cats in the US and as many as an additional 70 million strays. 70 million!! 41% of the strays that come to the shelter get euthanized. Typically pets become strays because an “accident” happens and a pet cat or dog becomes pregnant and someone can’t find a home for all the puppies or kittens.
The most effective way to decrease the number of strays and decrease the number of pets that end up in the animal shelter is by getting your pet spayed or neutered. Thankfully, because of the amazing pet owners in Albuquerque, we have the fewest number of animals coming into our shelters in over a decade! Great work!
A lot of cat owners wonder when it is ok to spay or neuter their new puppy or kitten?
A spay or neuter can be done as early as six to eight weeks old but the standard age is five to six months. Some people like to wait until after the first heat, which is usually between eight and twelve months of age.
If you are worried that you won’t do it when they are older, then get it done when they are young. But, you can alter your cat at pretty much any age. Though the older the cat the higher risk of complications from the anesthesia, which is another reason why it is good to do when they are young.
Benefits of Spaying or Neutering Your Cat
Beyond the reduction of stray cats, there are a lot of health benefits to altering your cat.
- Spaying your female cat before their first heat cycle pretty much eliminates the risk of breast cancer. Yes cats can get breast cancer, and it is very aggressive in cats.
- It will also prevent your female cat from developing uterine or ovarian cancer, or pyometra, which is a potentially fatal uterine infection.
- In male cats it eliminates the possibility of testicular cancer.
- Reduces the risk of Feline AIDS and leukemia which is often spread though male cat sexual competition.
- Reduces spraying, yowling, and escape attempts.
- Decrease depression
- Decreases urge to fight
Albuquerque Vetco offers low cost and high quality spay and neuters for cats. You can save extra money on surgeries through our promotions page. Call today to make an appointment to alter your cat, and ask us any questions about the procedure.