also sometimes referred to as spaying in females, or castration in males – is a commonsurgical procedure that is performed on perhaps a daily basis in veterinary practice, and has becomean important part of responsible pet ownership. In male cats, the operation involve sremoving the testicles, and in females, it is the ovaries and uterus.
So why do we neuter? The primary reason most people neuter their pets is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. While this is indeed a great reason to neuter, there are many other benefits associated with it.
The boys first!
When we neuter a tom cat, their testosterone levels decrease, reducing negative behavioural traits such as aggression, inappropriate urination, straying and territorial marking. The risk of male-specific cancers are reduced . Males can no longer mate with females, therefore helping to reduce Ireland's current overpopulation problem.
Did you know that in just seven years, one unspayed queen and her descendants can produce 420,000 kittens?! It can be difficult to keep cats contained, with many of them free to roam the streets as they please. Spaying queens helps to curb the feral cat issue, and also reduces the risk of them developing cancerous mammary tumours.
Okay, you're convinced, now what? First thing's first: call our clinics to book in for a preneuter check. Your vet will perform a full clinical exam to ensure that your cat is suitable for surgery. Most cats can be neutered from 4 months of age.
On the day of the surgery, your cat comes into us in the morning fasted from the night before. They will stay with us for the day and are usually discharged between 5-6pm that evening. The first thing that we do is run pre-anaesthetic blood tests, if you wish for that to be carried out. This test measures your pet's liver and kidney function to ensure that their organs are capable of metabolising and excreting the anaesthetic drugs normally. They then get an injection of 'pre-med' which makes them sleepy and reduces anxiety before inducing a general anaesthetic. Your cat's vital signs are monitored by a qualified, registered veterinary nurse throughout the whole procedure and also during the recovery period. We let them sleep off the anaesthetic drugs for a few hours, then they go home with pain relief. Post-operative checks are also included in the cost of the neuter, so we ensure that they are right as rain at the end of it all!
If you are on the Pet Health Plan, you can avail of a 20% discount on the operation between now and the end of June, as we believe that neutering is an essential element of good cat health care.
If you want to discuss neutering, call us and a staff member will answer any questions you have.
Looking forward to your next visit!