The benefits of cat sterilization
What is cat sterilization? The surgical removal of the ovaries, uterus, or testicles of a female so that reproduction is no longer possible.
Cats that have not given birth generally only have their ovaries removed, but for cats that have given birth, or cats with uterine lesions or trends (pyometra or uterine fibroids) due to frequent estrus, doctors generally recommend that the uterus be removed to reduce the health risks of cats. Because frequent estrus can cause uterine lesions, fibroids are more likely to occur, and the uterus of cats who have given birth has more or less problems of pyometra and fibroids. Local cats have encountered cats whose uterus has become so bad due to fertility that they can’t be ligated during surgery. Pyometra is a more common problem, so during the operation, we usually consider whether to remove the uterus according to the cat’s condition. Removal reduces health risks for the cat, which is good for health.
What are the benefits of cat sterilization?
- It can reduce the occurrence of diseases.
Because of the different physiological structures of cats, many diseases may be caused by estrus and fertility.
For male cats, it can avoid testicular tumors, prostate hypertrophy, and other problems caused by estrus. In addition, male cats with frequent estrus are most likely to have urinary system occlusion, because there are secretions blocked, sterilization surgery can fundamentally solve this problem.
For female cats, high frequency of estrus can cause ovarian cysts, and cats that have given birth will have problems such as pyometra, breast tumors, ovarian tumors, uterine fibroid, etc. Sterilization of cats can fundamentally reduce the health risks of cats, which is good for their health.
- Neutered cats will not be infected with sexually transmitted diseases, such as feline AIDS (a cat’s immune system disease).
- Let the cat get rid of the tension, irritability, and loss of appetite caused by estrus and restore its original lively nature. And male cats, they will also get rid of the habit of urinating.
- Avoid blind breeding and control the number of stray cats.
- Improve environmental quality (an important part of environmental protection!)
When is it better to perform sterilization?
It is best to perform sterilization after physiological maturity, about 6-8 months of age.
How long does the sterilization operation take? Hospitalization or not?
Sterilization takes about 40 minutes for females and 10 minutes for males. Whether to be hospitalized or not depends on the condition of the animal after the operation. If there is no concern about wound infection, the animal can be discharged after the recovery of anesthesia.
Precautions before surgery:
- Immunize the cat before surgery.
- Do fast eight hours before the operation and water four hours before the operation.
- Make sure they are in good health. In addition, female cats cannot be operated on when they are in heat. During estrus, the reproductive organs are swollen and congested, which is not conducive to the recovery of the wound.