Spaying your kitty is the first step in providing her with a longer, healthier life. It provides you with peace of mind for her health and peace of mind for society. An unspayed female cat and unneutered male cat can produce 781,250 kittens over a 7-year period.
The number of homeless animals ending up in shelters is staggering. According to the Humane Society, 6 to 8 million animals enter shelters every year. In some states, more than 300,000 are euthanized each year. These statistics do not include all the strays that are still wandering. Because these homeless animals are not receiving care, they carry disease, which can affect your own kitty. Even an inside cat can escape to the outside world and catch a deadly disease.
Spaying your kitty protects her from a number of ovarian and uterine diseases. The chances of uterine and ovarian cancers are eliminated once your kitty is spayed. Your kitty will not have problems with bacterial infections from inflammation in the uterus and uterine wall. She will not experience large cysts on the walls of her uterus. If you have your kitty spayed prior to her first heat cycle, you have protected her from possible mammary cancer, a common disease in unspayed female cats.
Female cats in heat constantly howl. They rub against you, roll on the floor and try to get outside, even if they are an indoor cat. They release a bloody discharge that you may find on your furniture and rugs. Their scent attracts the unneutered males in the neighborhood that will urine mark your yard. Female cats can come into heat as early as 5 months old. They will continue to come into heat every spring and fall. The heat cycle can last days and repeat every two weeks, if she is not impregnated.
Spaying your cat is not expensive when you compare the costs of caring for kittens and possible health issues with your kitty. Your cat's personality is not going to change. She may even behave better and become a better companion, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Spayed felines do not necessarily gain weight. If your cat does become heavier, decrease her intake of food. Spaying is a routine abdominal operation. Most kitties are back to normal within five days of the surgery.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
Pauline Gill is a retired teacher with more than 25 years of experience teaching English to high school students. She holds a bachelor's degree in language arts and a Master of Education degree. Gill is also an award-winning fiction author.