Tips for Your Whiskered Friend: Spaying or Neutering Your Kittens
Spaying or neutering kittens somehow become popular and it is recommended by most veterinarian. This is because the abundance of cats across the globe will lead to overpopulation and people will do everything to stop this from getting worse. One way to stop the overpopulation is to neuter your beloved kittens so that it won’t breed new cats to this world. It is good to neuter your cat, in fact, your cats will be happier and have more freedom because they don’t have any kittens to be taken care of. In this article, there some things you should know about spaying your kittens so you will have a knowledge in case you need to neuter your cats in the near future.
What is spaying or neuteuring kittens? Do they really need that?
For you who don’t know what is spaying, it is a surgical removal of a female cat’s internal reproductive structures and this includes its ovaries or the place where egg cells are produced, Fallopian tubes, uterine horns or the two long tubes where a kitten soon to be develop and grow, and a small part of its uterine body or small parts of uterus which is merged with uterine horns and become one body.
Logically, the parts removed in spaying are the parts of female cats’ reproductive tract which is responsible and has a job for egg or ova production, embryo and fetus development, and also the secretion of female reproductive hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. The removal of those reproductive organs is very important in controlling the number of cats. Spaying will stop female cats for producing new kittens because they have no uterus and there are no more egg cells produced. The spaying also help female cats from inheriting dangerous diseases to its kitten, which is good because some of the diseases have a possibility to affect human. Asides from that, spaying is considered as a solution for some medical disorders regarding the ovarian and uterus of your female cats. By removing the hormonal organs, your female cat will have a change on its behavior. Some troublesome behavior such as roaming for males could be removed by doing the spaying.
Any advice on when to spay a kitten?
As the time goes on, the number of cats in this world is increasing and there is a high chance of overpopulation. Walking straight with this problem, a lot of veterinarians are striving for solution to cut this increasing numbers. Spaying is usually done to mature cats with an age of 6-9 months. But these days, there are many veterinarians who recommend cat’s owner to neuter their pet as early as they reach the age of 8 weeks.
This is because younger cat will have a better future since they don’t have to take care their kittens and as mentioned before this, the spaying can remove its mating behavior which is very troublesome for most cat owner. The drugs used to the young cats should be not too damaging to their liver and kidney metabolism and excretion. Early spay and neuter are powerfully supported by AVMA or American Veterinary Medical Association. In 1993, they recommend cat owner to spay their kittens around the age of 8-16 weeks.
What about the time to spay cats after kittens?
If you already have a cat alongside with its kitten or having newborn kittens recently, you may think about spaying the mother since it can get pregnant while nursing its kittens. Usually, the space between giving birth and mating urge is around two months and it has a higher chance to get pregnant. Even some cats can get pregnant a week after having a litter.
In order to avoid overpopulation, luckily veterinarians have learned that cats can be spayed while they still nursing their current kittens. Those cats can produce the milk required by their kittens, so there is no real problem in spaying your female cats while they breastfeeding their kittens. But most veterinarians suggest that you should do the spay after your female cat finishes its milking time since the mammary gland can pose some difficulties during the removal of its reproduction system.
It is recommended that you should keep your female cat indoor in order to avoid it from male cats. When its kitten stops consuming their mom’s milk, you can spay the mother and the kittens. If you find your cat always have a contact with any male cats, you should spay your female cat as soon as possible and return it to its kitten as soon as possible too.
What is the cost to spay kitten?
Spaying your kitten is considered as a wise decision by most of veterinarians since it is a top priority to ensure your cat’s health, regardless of your cat race and where you buy or found it. Spaying a cat requires you to spend some money. You have to know the average costs of cat neuter in your area. There are also events where a doctor or an instance held a massive cat spaying event with no fees required.
The standard cost for spaying a female cat is vary from $300 to $500, depending on the area and condition of your cat. The cost for spaying a male cat is around $200 in a private and full service veterinary practice. You can also search for those non-profit spay/neuter services because they will cost you around $50 to make your cat stop breeding new kittens. Some pet insurance will provide you to do the spay surgery, making you feel less stressful because you don’t have to spend any money from your pocket. You could search low cost spay in your area through the Humane Society or visiting the web of ASPCA.
Spaying your kittens will ensure its health in the future. Cat will be easier to tame and less aggressive because they won’t experience the urge of mating. Spaying can be done to reduce the number of cats, removing dangerous diseases regarding its reproduction system, or you just want to have a single cat without worrying about taking care of your cat’s kitten. Spaying or neutering kittens is the best solution for almost all pet owner to have less problem in keeping their cat.