Right after Christmas each year, a heartbreaking story plays out for cats and dogs across the country. Pet shelters end up filling up quickly within the weeks after the holidays as the pets that were given as holiday gifts don’t work out. In fact, about ⅓ of pets given as holiday gifts end up at the shelter. And worse, many of the pets that aren’t given away end up further to the animal population because their new families don’t prioritize sterilization.
If you’ve recently adopted a new cat into your family this Christmas, one of the best ways to show your new family member love is by getting your feline friend spayed or neutered. In this post from Normandale Veterinary Hospital, we’re covering everything you need to know about cat sterilization including the right time to schedule the procedure. To get your pet’s appointment, give us a call or connect with us online.
Do You Really Need to Get Your Cat Fixed?
We hear this all the time as veterinarians. Pet owners feel guilty about having their cat or dog sterilized, and they assume that if they plan to keep their pet inside the house, there is no risk of pregnancy. Unfortunately, animals can become incredibly unpredictable when it comes to mating. Cats can detect the scent of another cat several miles away, especially when one of them is in heat. And when they want to get out of the house, they can develop Houdini-like abilities.
Many Reasons to Sterilize Cats
Every year, around 530,000 cats are euthanized in shelters according to the ASPCA. But taking that simple step to get your cat fixed helps ensure no animals will need to be killed as a result of your pet not being sterilized. And sterilization has additional benefits as well.
Spaying and neutering cats offers them some degree of protection against certain types of tumors and infections. Sterilized pets are also less aggressive and less likely to stray away from your home, where their safety may be at risk. And then there’s also the personal impact of having to deal with a yowling cat in heat for a week at a time or finding homes for a litter of kittens.
Correct Age to Spay or Neuter a Cat
If you’ve got a new kitten, remember that cats can reach sexual maturity before they are fully grown. Typically, kittens can be sterilized around five to six months old. If your pet is already full-grown, you should have them fixed as soon as possible.
We also recommend scheduling the following vaccines:
● Feline leukemia
Schedule Your Pet’s Appointment Today
Don’t take a chance by postponing your cat or kitten’s spay and neuter appointment. Call Normandale Veterinary Hospital at 952-831-8272 or connect with our veterinarians online today.