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When to Spay or Neuter a Cat

As pet owners, it can be confusing to know what treatments are essential for your cats and when to get them. If you want to know when to spay a cat and the importance of spaying and neutering, read on.

The team at Companion Veterinary & Urgent Care Center is here to help. The perfect age to spay or neuter a kitty would be to wait until it reaches 5 weeks old. For cats with owners, the best age could be 4 to 5 weeks; but for most cats in shelters, the best age might be as early as 8 months.

Present scientific evidence indicates no behavioral or medical reasons to postpone spaying or neutering of cats beyond 5 weeks old, and you will find many health advantages to spaying or neutering cats once they do reach 5 weeks. Spaying and neutering surgeries are easier, quicker, and safer when done on cats younger than 5 weeks, and implementation of the surgery is very straightforward.

Companion Veterinary and Urgent Care Center are highly skilled at providing care for pets when they are sick, but we also recognize the importance of keeping pets healthy and preventing illness. Spaying and neutering has many long term health benefits. We have a hybrid practice that allows us to emphasize a broad spectrum of care for both well and sick pets.

Why Neuter a Cat?

By spaying or neutering your pet, you'll help control the pet homelessness crisis, which contributes to millions of healthy cats and dogs being euthanized in the USA each year, simply because there are not enough houses to go around. Plus, there are also behavioral and health benefits when you spay or neuter a cat.

Some advantages are:

Your spayed female pet won't go into heat:

While cycles can vary, female felines normally go into heat four to five times every three weeks during mating period. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently - sometimes throughout the house!

Your neutered male might be better behaved:

Un-neutered dogs and cats are more inclined to mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all around the home. Spaying or neutering your pets can be exceptionally cost-effective. The cost of your pet's spay or neuter surgery is much less than the cost of having and caring for a litter.

Your female pet will live a longer, healthier life:

Spaying helps stop esophageal infections and breast tumors, which can be cancerous in roughly 50 percent of dogs and 90 percent of cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat provides the best protection from these diseases. Neutering your male companion also prevents testicular cancer and some prostate issues.

Spaying or neutering your cat is essential to make sure they live a long, healthy life and that the animal homelessness crisis is better contained.

Companion Veterinary and Urgent Care Center recognizes the importance of spaying and neutering as a part of your cat’s healthcare. As the only emergency vet clinic in the Bradenton and Sarasota area that serves as an urgent care vet and provides wellness care, which allows us to provide a “whole pet” approach to your furry family member’s health, you could say we're your one-stop-shop for all your feline needs.

Are you looking for a caring, compassionate Bradenton vet that can care for your furry friend? Contact our team today!

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