Desexing your feline friend
Deciding on whether to have your cat desexed or not is a question that every pet parent asks.
The appropriate age for desexing can vary depending on the breed and size of your pet and your lifestyle. The current recommended age for desexing a cat is between five to six months, however, at Greencross Vets we believe that each patient is unique and the decision of when to desex your pet should be made in partnership with your veterinary team.
Female cats can come into season at a very young age and will continue their cycle until they have mated and become pregnant or breeding season ends, typically when it starts to get cooler.
There are health and behavioural benefits to having your cat desexed, but you’ll also decrease the number of unwanted puppies that find themselves homeless or in shelters across Australia, millions of which are euthanised each year.
A young female cat coming into season may show signs that can be distressing or unusual such as, yowling and vocalising like she is painful or anxious, the need to go outside and presenting her back half when you pat her.
Surgical desexing involves removal of part of a pet’s reproductive system whilst under a general anaesthetic. In females, desexing also known as spaying or an ovarian hysterectomy involves removing the ovaries and uterus.
In males, desexing is also known as castration or neutering and it involves the removal of both testicles.
To learn more about getting your cat desexed, please give us call at a time that suits you so that we can discuss this in more detail and arrange an obligation free visit to confirm the ideal time to book your feline friend in for desexing.