Summer months herald the mating season of cats. The cat population is now on an all-time high and many end up abandoned or in shelters that are filled up to the rafters. Responsible pet owners are fully aware of this situation and willingly take part in curbing the cat population by having their pets spayed (female) or neutered (male).
Cats are generally spayed or neutered when they are about 6 months of age, a time where most have not yet entered puberty, and annoying behaviors have not been exhibited yet. Intact male cats often engage in spray marking or wandering when they enter puberty, while intact female cats exhibit signs of heat to attract potential partners.
Neutering is an extremely straightforward surgical procedure that involves the removal of the cat’s testicles. On the other hand, spaying involves the removal of the cat’s uterus and ovaries via an incision on their flank or on their abdomen.
Consult with your vet if you have concerns and/or questions about neutering or spaying.