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Spay and Neuter
Cat spay surgery
and cat neuters, as well as dog spay and neuters, are performed daily by
veterinarians all across North America, and yet there still is a growing
population of homeless and unwanted dogs and cats. If you do not plan to
breed your pet, consult with your veterinarian about the pros and cons of
surgical sterilization. Here you will see a cat spay which is very similar
to a dog spay, and a cat neuter. These procedures are performed under
neutering does not "make a pet fat and lazy". In a healthy dog or cat,
free of hypothyroidism, endocrine dysfunction, or other medical disorders,
overfeeding and insufficient exercise are the sole causes of a pet being
overweight. Don't blame the spay or neuter surgery if your pet is
medical term is ovariohysterectomy. In this major abdominal surgery
the pet's ovaries and uterus are removed. There is no evidence that a
pet suffers from any personality or emotional harm by having their ovaries
removed. The uterus is also removed to insure that it does not become
a source of infection over a period of time. See
If the surgeon simply tied or obstructed the Fallopian
tubes (the channel where the eggs must pass into the uterus) in order to
make the female dog or cat sterile, she would still come into heat, attract
males, and attempt to breed. Experience has shown that the best
procedure is to perform a complete ovariohysterectomy.
term is castration. In this surgery the doctor makes an incision in
front of the scrotum and through that incision accesses each testicle.
The fibrous coverings of the testicles are incised and each testicle is
removed after securely ligating the blood vessels that attach to each
testicle. The benefits of having a dog and cat neutered are well
documented. And to simply do a vasectomy to render the male sterile would
not alleviate the scent marking, desire to breed, territorial defense and
other testosterone driven behaviors. Even in guard dogs and hunting dogs,
many owners report improved behavior and manageability when the dog has been
procedures are performed under general anesthesia and employing sterile
instruments and a sterile surgical field. Medical emergencies can arise if
a pet becomes infected during these procedures. No surgeon approaches a
spay or neuter as if it were "routine" because each surgery is different from
every other, each pet is different, and while neutering might be deemed a minor
surgery a spay certainly qualifies as a major procedure.
The photos below
are of a cat spay. Essentially, the structures and procedure are the
same for a dog spay. As you can imagine, though, there are some real
differences between working on a 180 pound Saint Bernard or a 3 pound kitten!
Now to see a
The benefits of neutering a male house cat far outweigh any disadvantages.
After neutering, male cats seldom spray urine, the urine loses its skunky odor,
and the cat seems contented to stay home more, fight less, and we humans have
the assurance that he won't be fathering any more litters!