Spring is a good time to think about spaying or neutering your cat in Broward. Cat’s that are indoor/outdoor cats are especially susceptible to the love of spring.
Even indoor cats who haven’t been spayed or neutered may get a little sneaky, trying to get outside to hunt birds, bugs, or other cats.
So, while we never want to discourage love, we don’t want to increase the population of unwanted and unloved cats.
There are an estimated 30 to 40 million stray cats living in the United States. Of those, 10 - 12% are fed and cared for by individuals who are willing to provide food, shelter, and in some cases work with TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) programs throughout the country.
These cats don’t have the benefit of a loving person to give them a home, and while around 4 million of them have been spayed or neutered that still leaves tens of millions that aren’t.
A female cat can become pregnant at 5 months of age and can have multiple litters per year. So, unless you are breeding show cats, spaying and neutering is the best way to keep the population of feral/community cats down.
There are many misconceptions when it comes to spaying and neutering, but research shows the rewards are far greater than any unproven risks that may be involved.
Some people believe that early neutering of male cats can lead to cystitis, bladder blockages, or orthopedic problems. There is however no basis or research that supports these claims.
As with any surgery, human or cat, anesthesia can present a problem. But with young healthy cats, the operation itself is quick and the recovery time even quicker.
Weight is another issue that people are concerned about. While your cat may be less active, especially right after the surgery, a proper diet should always be followed. This will keep your cat from becoming a bad meme.
Population control is extremely important, but you may have reasons that are more personal.
Male cats mark their territory. Beds, walls, floors, you name it, they will spray and getting that particular stench out is not an easy task.
Male cats that are outside will also stray further if they hear a female. The risk of being hit by a car, another animal harming them, or even a human is far greater.
Female cats that aren’t spayed are more likely to have reproductive issues, including cancers. Spaying your female reduces that risk by as much as 90%.
Both males and females should be neutered or spayed before they hit “puberty”, as early as 5 months old.
Not only does this reduce the risk of disease, but the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.
However, with any cat over 5 months, especially when it comes to community cats, spaying and neutering is always timely.
Love will still be in the air. Your cat won’t hold it against you and you’ll feel better knowing you’ve helped them live a longer, happy life.
To make an appointment, give us a call at (305) 515-MEOW.