Fruit Valley Veterinary Clinic

New Cat / Kitten Info

Male Cats:

We strongly recommend neutering. Neutering helps prevent prostate disease, urinary infections, various tumors, hernias, roaming, fighting, aggression and inappropriate urination. Neutered cats tend to live longer healthier lives with less problems. Also, neutered cats do not contribute to the pet overpopulation problem.

The neutering surgery can done on any male cat that is over 5 pounds, is adequately immunized and doesn't have any concurrent skin infections or other health problems that would add risk to the procedure.

Female Cats:

We strongly recommend spaying. Spaying helps prevent pregnancy, mammary cancer, uterine and urinary infections, various tumors, hernias, roaming, aggression and inappropriate urination. Spayed cats tend to live longer healthier lives with less problems. Also, spayed cats do not contribute to the pet overpopulation problem.

The spaying surgery can done on any female cat that is adequately immunized and doesn't have any concurrent skin infections or other health problems that would add risk to the procedure. The procedure is less expensive and better tolerated by younger cats.

The spaying operation is usually an ovariectomy (where both ovaries are removed), but, if indicated by abnormalities, then an ovariohysterectomy (ovaries AND uterus removed) is performed. Ovariectomy is less invasive and may be less likely to cause complications than ovariohysterectomy. Both operations completely prevent heat (estrus) and pregnancy.