The rate of reproduction is extremely rapid in cats, especially in summer months. Production of several kittens that may not get a home for their proper and healthy development can be stopped by desexing. It is also essential to keep your cat healthy.
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Desexing of cats is mostly done at about 6 months of age, i.e. before they develop any unwanted behaviour like wandering or spraying urine.
Desexing of male cats is done by removing testicles through two small incisions in their scrotum for which suturing is not needed. Desexing of female cats is done by removing both uterus and ovaries through a tiny incision either on their flank or on their abdomen.
Why is Desexing of Cats Essential?
Male Cats: Male cats are territorial and their territory is not limited to their fence line. They roam in the entire area to find a girlfriend and during the process get into fights with other cats trying to protect their own turf. As a result, your cat may get bites and painful abscesses and even there are chances of infection of feline immunodeficiency virus or feline AIDS.
While wandering in the area, cats also may get hit by a car or may have an encounter with a dog. In both the cases, they have rare chances to come out safely.
Female Cats: Spaying can save your female cat from unexpected pregnancies and even breast cancer. Your feline child can reach puberty anytime from 5 months of age. A female cat may be on heat for around a week and if she doesn’t get pregnant, she will be again on heat in 2-3 weeks. When she is on heat, she will roll and yowl and be excessively affectionate and stray tom cats will gather in your yard to get her affection.
If she is mated and gets pregnant, she can be again on heat as early as a week after delivery and may get pregnant again. Thus, you will have a number of kittens and will wonder what to do with them.
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Pre- and Post-Operative Care
At the night before the desexing procedure, your cat can eat his dinner as always, but you should not give him anything to eat or drink on the morning of the procedure. This will avoid him inhaling food or water if he vomits any time.
After the procedure, he will wake up in a cozy hospital cage, in Killara Vet Clinic, for example, and once he is back on his feet, he’ll be allowed to go home with you.
After he arrives at home, you can serve him a small meal; nothing to worry about if he shows no interest, because he may be a bit nauseous due to anaesthesia. He may be more interested in eating after he gets a good night’s sleep.
Male cats tend to recover from desexing surgery very fast and become normal just within a day or two. On the other hand, females being gone through a more invasive surgery need to be kept calm for ten days to let their incision heal. This isn’t at all easy, since they feel fine and would like to run around and play. If they are too active, there may be a swelling and pain at their surgical site. Sutures can be removed after ten days by your vet.
In the post-operative period, veterinary services in North Ryde vet like Gordon Vet will happily answer your any questions about your cat’s recovery. If you are much worried, they are just a phone call away and can set your mind at ease.
Pet cats should be desexed not only to avoid unwanted litters but also to save cats from injuries and accidents they can undergo during the behaviours associated with their reproductive cycles.