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Preventing Unwanted Kittens

Kathryn Sigvertsen

Desexing our pets is an important part of responsible pet ownership.  As the days get longer and the nights get warmer, our pet cats will start to venture away from the fire and off the bed.  More cats out and about means there is greater chance of unwanted pregnancies.  Without any control in place, a single un-speyed female cat can produce up to 3 litters of kittens per year, with approximately 3-4 kittens per litter.  Those kittens then go on to breed also, allowing exponential population growth!  It just isn’t possible to find enough homes for all these kittens. 

Cats that have not been desexed are also more prone to fighting, increasing the chance of fight wounds and abscesses, as well as transmission of FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus/feline AIDS).  Abscesses are painful and can be costly to treat, and FIV is a non-curable disease that can have many ongoing effects, often resulting in a somewhat shortened life expectancy. 

Females that have not been speyed may get mated repeatedly while outside.  Those that are kept indoors may vocalise and cry, or try to get out, which will attract male cats from around the neighbourhood, and encourage these males to spray urine.  Males that have not been neutered are more likely to spray urine as territory marking, in or out of the house.

Speying or neutering is easily done during a day stay at the clinic.  Your pet will need to be admitted in the morning, then stay with us for the day.  They undergo general anaesthesia for a brief surgery and recover in a warm bed.   They will be able to go home that afternoon.  Males don’t have any stitches to remove but females usually need to return for suture removal about 7-10 days following surgery.

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