The 28th of February was World Spay Day, part of the ongoing campaign among vets and animal charities to curb unplanned cat pregnancies – but don’t worry if you missed it, as the operation can be carried out at any time of the year.
Spaying is a routine operation on a female cat to remove the ovaries, preventing them from ‘coming into season’ and getting pregnant. They can get pregnant from as young as four months and research by Cats Protection found that 68% of litters are unplanned, so we can’t stress highly enough how important spaying is. Contrary to popular belief, having a litter before being spayed doesn’t help cats (or dogs, for that matter) in any way.
Neutering is just as important for male cats as, aside from the prevention of unwanted litters, neutering can prevent certain unwanted behaviours, such as ‘calling’, spraying and fighting which, in turn, can prevent injuries and infections, including Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. FIV weakens the cat’s immune system, making them more vulnerable to infections and, as it is slow-acting, infected cats may not show symptoms until years after the initial infection.
Traditionally the age to get a cat neutered is at six months. However, many vets and the BVA recommend that cats are neutered from four months.
Cats generally spend the whole day at the veterinary practice for the operation, although the procedure generally lasts no more than 30 minutes. This is to ensure they are recovering well before they go home, which most will do by the end of the day. Some may need to stay in overnight and as Clockhouse is a registered veterinary hospital (as opposed to an animal hospital), it is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure furry inpatients have care on hand at all times.
For information or advice on neutering, call Clockhouse on 01453 752 555.