Benefits of desexing your pet

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We often hear people say they were considering adopting a kitten, but when they visited the animal shelter in cooler months  there wasn't as much selection as they had thought there would be.  This is because of 'kitten season' (yes, there is such a thing) which generally occurs between the months of October to April whilst the weather is warmer and daylight hours are longer.

FACT, it is unlikely that over the next few months there will be ANY entire females that have access to outdoors  that HAVE NOT been impregnated by an entire male roaming the neighbourhood (domestic OR stray).

How do I know if my cat is in heat?

Some entire females show quite obvious signs when  they are in heat, including:
-Rolling around on the floor, being extra affectionate than usual, rubbing on your legs more than usual, and weaving in and out of your legs
- Constant vocalization that is louder than usual, looking out windows or waiting by doors to be let outside
- Spraying on surfaces.

 - Licking of her genital region

Male cats however don't actually come into' heat' as they are ready to reproduce year-round once they have reached sexual maturity, however there are a few key behavioral patterns that are typical of an entire male:

- Urine spraying to mark territory (with very pungent smelling urine)
- Incessant 'calling' for a female;
- Disappearing for days at a time, roaming the neighborhood looking for/following the scent of a female.

    How can I prevent an unwanted  litter?

     At Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital we are MASSIVE advocates for responsible pet ownership. If you do not plan to breed with your cat, then it is important to have them desexed between 5-6 months of ages before they reach sexual maturity to avoid any unwanted (albeit very cute) surprises. If you DO plan to breed, then it is extremely important that you ensure your cat is kept strictly indoors to avoid unwanted litters.

    Benefits of having your animal desexed

    - A Reduction in the desire to go wandering in search of a mate
    - Reduces sexual behaviors such as urination, aggression, mounting and vocalising
    - No risk of unwanted litters of puppies or kittens (as adorable as they are)
    - Reduces the risk of medical conditions such as: cancers of the ovaries, uterus, mammary glands / breats, testicles, prostate
    - Severe infection of the uterus, called pyometra

    Myths... BUSTED

    Q: Will my pet be better off is she comes into heat / has a litter at least once before desexing?

    A: Neither coming into heat not giving birth have been linked with personality or behavioural changed that would not have otherwise come about in the normal development.

    Q: Will my pet be deprived of sexual fulfilment?

    A: With the reproductive organs removed, the animals instinct to reproduce is gone. This allows your pet to lead a less stressful life.

    Q: If I get my pet desexed, wont he / she be a less effective guard dog / oprotecto

    A: inappropriate aggression, such as that towards other dogs will be somewhat reduced. Your pet will defend its master and territory if that is what it is trained to do.

    Q: Will my pet put on any weight due to being speyed?

    A:  Neutered animals butn less calories related to sexually driven activities and with less sex - steroids in their system, they convert food to fat with greater efficiency. Weight gain is caused by eating to much / exercising too little. So cut down on your pets food intake if they start to put on weight.

    What is involved?

    Both male and female cats and dogs undergo a full general gas anaesthetic. With males, the testicles are removed through a small incision.  The surgery is not as involved as with females.  Cats do not require stitches.  Female cats and dogs undergo a full hysterectomy and the ovaries are removed as well. This involves abdominal surgery.  A neuter tattoo identification symbol is placed in the left ear.  All patients receive two types of pain-killing injection.  Both procedures are very familiar to all veterinarians at the Whitehorse Veterinary Hospital and complications rates are exceedingly low

    If you are considering getting a cat, we encourage you to check out your local animal shelter as the next furry member of your family may be sitting there patiently waiting for its forever home. If you do have an entire female OR male cat that you are considering having desexed, contact us today on 9878 3033 so we can answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, keep an eye on our website for an upcoming blog regarding the benefits of desexing your pets.


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