Cat Spaying and Neutering Services in Kirkland
The goal of spaying or neutering your cat is to provide better long-term health for your pet. When you have concerns about the possibility of complications with your pet's health, you take measures to prevent the risks. At Finn Hill Animal Hospital, we understand the importance of providing the tools to limit health risks and keep your cats active throughout their life.
Benefits of Spaying or Neutering
Kirkland cat neutering and spaying offers a variety of benefits and advantages for your cats and your home. The advantages of neutering or cat spay in Kirkland WA include:
- Reduced risk of certain cancers, particularly testicular cancer in male cats and uterine cancer or breast cancer in female cats
- Lower rates of aggression in male cats
- No risk of pregnancy or the complications of pregnancy in female cats
- Lower risk of certain infectious diseases, particularly in male cats since they are less likely to roam
- No behavioral complications associated with female cats going into heat
Cat spaying and neutering in Kirkland reduces the risk of health complications for female cats. Kirkland cat neutering lowers the risk of behavioral challenges in male cats as well as certain health risks. When you neuter or spay your cat, he or she will live a longer and more active life.
When to Spay or Neuter your Cat
Timing is a key part of gaining the optimal benefits of the procedure. While you can spay or neuter a cat at any age, you should generally complete the procedure at a young age. As a general rule, you want your cat spayed or neutered around eight weeks old. If a veterinarian determines that your cat is not healthy enough for the procedure, try to complete it before the cat reaches five months old or when recommended by a veterinarian in our clinic.
Common Misconceptions about the Procedure
The myths and misconceptions about the procedure vary significantly; however, you may be surprised to learn that the procedure is not expensive or out-of-reach financially. It is a common procedure and has a reasonable cost for the treatment. It will not cause your kitten to become overweight because it does not actually impact their eating habits. A cat will only become overweight when fed too much for his or her body. A veterinarian can help you determine and appropriate diet plan for your cat.
The myth that a female cat should have at least one litter before the procedure is potentially dangerous for your cat. You should always complete the procedure before a cat goes into heat to reduce the risk of certain health concerns. Since many cats are euthanized in shelters each year, it is better to focus on keeping your pet healthy rather than taking an unnecessary risk of complications during pregnancy.
What to Expect During and After the Procedure
Since spaying or neutering a cat is a surgical procedure, we may suggest withholding food the morning of the surgery; however, our recommendations depend on the age and health of your pet. During the procedure, a veterinarian uses appropriate medical tools to keep your cat as comfortable as possible. When we complete the procedure, we recommend keeping your cat in a quiet indoor space. Do not allow your cat around other pets during the recovery process.
We may provide medications to help manage pain and your cat will need rest. Wait ten days or longer before giving your cat a bath and check on the incision often to ensure proper healing. Do not allow your cat to lick the incision while it heals to prevent infections.
Schedule a Cat Spaying or Neutering Appointment
Keeping your cat healthy begins with proper preventative care. To set up an appointment or to learn more about spaying or neutering, contact us today at 425-814-2220.