De-sexing

There are many people who simply don’t like the idea of desexing, but it’s purpose is not to take anything from your cat, but rather aid your cat living with us, and prolonging life by avoiding certain sadly common health issues.

Vets for all pet cats for many health and behavioural reasons recommend de-sexing. It helps lessen male cats need to mark and spray, it helps prevent Romeo looking for his Juliet, it can help prevent testicular and uterine cancer, as well as some common issues with the uterus.

Males
Male cats will urine mark or spray, which can often occur inside the house. They will roam great distances in search of a girlfriend, and indoor cats will find ingenious ways of escaping. This leaves them at a high risk of being hit by a car or getting into fights – de-sexing can prevent all of these problems early on.

In terms of health it will eliminate the risk of testicular cancer, as well as reduce the occurrence of prostate cancer and other diseases. Un-neutered males also have much larger territories than de-sexed ones, and will fight and scrap with other cats to defend it. Cat scratches can often become infected, resulting in abscesses and multiple trips to the vet.

Females
Female cats that are un-desexed have to be kept securely indoors, or she will become pregnant relatively quickly. They can have many litters a year, resulting in endless supplies of kittens in search of homes. They will roam further and vocalise more than other cats, resulting in a high risk of being hit by a car or getting into fights, just as male cats do.

In terms of health, de-sexing will eliminate the risk of uterine cancer, as well as relatively common infections of the uterus, false pregnancies and other sexual related diseases. The chance of mammary cancers developing, as they get older is also greatly reduced.

Are There Any Negatives?
The anaesthetic risks associated with de-sexing are the same as for any routine surgery; the chances of complications occurring are below 0.05%.

Some females will be more prone to gaining weight after being desexed. However a healthy diet and normal amounts of exercise can avoid this problem altogether, generally fatty snacks or poor quality food are more likely to be the blame.

It may be that certain rare types of cancer are slightly more likely after de-sexing; however, the risks are still negligible. If you have any questions or concerns, your local vet will be more than happy to discuss it with you.

The Procedure
If you would like more information about what happens before, during and after your pet’s surgery, speak to your local vet. They are more than happy to provide you with all the information you need, and most will have fact sheets for you to read.

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