Sterilization of cats and tomcats: expediency and practical recommendations
Sterilization, also known as cat neutering or female cat neutering, is not only an effective method of terminating reproductive function but also an important stage in preserving the health and well-being of a small friend or tomcat. An increasing number of owners are realizing the importance of such interventions for the well-being of their pets. Therefore, the sterilization of cats and tomcats remains one of the most popular veterinary procedures. At Haabersti Loomakliinik in Tallinn, our experienced veterinary professionals offer cat-spaying services to help pet owners ensure the health and happiness of their feline companions. We understand that cost can be a consideration, so we provide information on the female cat neutering cost to make informed decisions. Our approach to cat sterilization is individualized, taking into account the unique needs of each cat or kitten. If you’re considering kitten spay or cat neutering for your pet, consult with our veterinarians to determine the ideal timing for the procedure.
Why is sterilization necessary?
Physiologically healthy female cats become ready for mating and reproduction as early as 7-8 months after birth. Some individuals may give birth up to 5 times a year. Such an increase in the cat population is simply impractical.
At the same time, so-called “silent” heats are very harmful to the health of pets and can lead to the development of tumors in the reproductive organs and pyometra (dangerous purulent inflammation). Popular pills for correcting sexual behavior can also trigger cancer. Therefore, all cats, even those that do not leave the house and do not come into contact with tomcats, should be sterilized.
It is worth noting that kittens do not live by emotions. Therefore, the popular belief that an animal needs to experience the joy of motherhood is nothing more than a myth. The same goes for tomcats. Kittens become ready for mating at 7-8 months, and it is from this age that they begin to mark territory and “ask” for a female. However, the mating process brings no pleasure to the animals; they act solely on instincts. Veterinarians around the world have a positive attitude towards early castration of tomcats.
Castration offers several advantages:
- prolongs the life;
- prevents severe diseases;
- makes more affectionate;
- minimizes damage from the animal (marking, furniture damage);
- reduces the risk of the animal escaping from home;
- helps control the population of stray animals.
Sterilization or castration: how is the procedure performed?
Even though many owners believe that sterilization applies exclusively to females, and castration to male kittens, this is not the case. Castration involves the removal of the ovaries (either alone or along with the uterus), while sterilization only involves the ligation of the fallopian tubes or the vas deferens. It is worth considering that hormones continue to be produced after ligation.
When planning the sterilization of an animal, it is important to clarify with the veterinarian what exactly is meant and to consult on which method of surgery would be more suitable in each specific case.
A completely different procedure is chemical castration or medication-based castration without incisions. It involves the injection of a hormonal preparation under the skin of the pet, which affects sexual behavior.
When is sterilization performed?
The best time to neuter a pet is when the kitten has already grown and has entered the period of sexual maturity. Most veterinarians recommend performing this surgical operation at 7-9 months of age. However, if necessary, sterilization can be performed later – at absolutely any age.
If you are interested in the sterilization of a cat or tomcat, it is advisable to consult with a veterinarian. They will help determine the ideal time for such a procedure. It is worth noting that doctors do not recommend sterilizing females during heat – it is better to wait until the end of such a period.
Where to have a kitten or tomcat sterilized?
The veterinary clinic Haabersti Loomakliinik, located in Tallinn, provides services for the sterilization and castration of cats and tomcats. Among our advantages are:
- experienced professional doctors;
- an individual approach;
- the possibility of laparoscopic surgeries – minimally invasive interventions with minimal incisions;
- fast recovery;
- full support of clients during their loved ones rehabilitation period;
- affordable cost of services – the prices for cat sterilization are pleasantly reasonable.
Sterilization of your friend or tomcat will help preserve the health for many years. And the veterinarians at Haabersti Loomakliinik will do everything to make this procedure as minimally traumatic for the animal as possible. You can find out the cost of cat castration on the official website of the clinic.