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The Benefits of Neutering a Cat and Why You Should

Many cat owners have questions about the neuter surgery, what is involved, when is the best time to do it, side effects of the surgery, what it costs, as well as many more questions. In this article, we will address some common questions about cat neuter surgery including benefits of neutering a cat.

What is a cat neuter surgery?

The word “neuter” is from the Latin word neuter that means the removal of an animal’s reproductive organ. The term neuter refers to both male and female animals. Other terms commonly used to describe neuter surgery is “castration” which refers to the removal of an animal’s reproductive organ in males or the term “spay” or “spaying” for females. Other terms used to refer to neutering is “de-sexing” and “fixing”.

What are the benefits of getting your cat neutered?

Common benefits of neuter surgery include:

What are the risks associated with neuter surgery?

The major risks are those of general anesthesia, post-operative infection, bleeding, and wound breakdown over the incision. Overall, the complication rate is very low, but serious complications can result in death or the need for additional surgery.

How long is a cat in the hospital after neuter surgery?

Most cats come to the veterinary hospital in the morning, have surgery and are released the same day or occasionally the day following surgery.

How do you take care of a cat after neuter surgery?

After being neutered, your cat may feel tired or groggy that night and for the first 24 to 48 hours. Most cats are back to a normal attitude and appetite in 1 to 2 days.

Post-neuter surgery care for cats includes:

When do you neuter cats?

The best time to neuter is when your cat is young and healthy as opposed to when your cat is older and has life-threatening uterine infections (Pyometra) or prostate problems.

Neutering is most commonly recommended around six months of age. However, neutering is done in some situations as early as 6 to 8 weeks but can be done at any age.

Learn more about The Pros and Cons of Spays and Neuters In Cats.

What does cat neuter surgery cost?

The cost for cat spays can range from $40 to $350 depending on the age and sex of your cat. It is less expensive to castrate a male cat than to spay a female cat. Pet insurance can help cover the cost of spaying depending on your policy. Learn more about Pet Insurance for Cats.

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