Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog
Neutering is the surgical removal of both testicles and it offers several important advantages.
- Male Cats go through a significant personality change when they mature. They become very possessive of their territory and mark it with their urine to ward off other cats. The tomcat’s urine develops a very strong odor that will be almost impossible to remove from your house.
- They also try to constantly enlarge their territory, which means one fight after another. We strongly urge pet owners to neuter their cats at about 6 to 9 months of age. If cats begin to spray their urine before this time, they should be neutered immediately…the longer the cat is allowed to spray or fight, the less likely neutering is to stop it.
- Male Dogs are attracted to female dogs in heat and will climb over or go through fences to find her. Intact male dogs are more aggressive and more likely to fight, especially with other male dogs. As dogs age, the prostate gland frequently enlarges and causes urinating and defecating difficulty. Neutering will greatly help all of these problems that come with owning a male dog. Male dogs can be neutered anytime after 6 months of age.
Spaying is the removal of the uterus and the ovaries. Therefore, heat periods no longer occur. Spaying prevents unplanned litters and offers several important advantages.
- In Female Cats the heat periods result in about 2-3 weeks of obnoxious behavior. This can be quite annoying if your cat is kept indoors. Male cats are attracted from blocks away and, in fact, seem to come out of the woodwork. They seem to go over, around, and through many doors. Cats will have a heat period about every 2-3 weeks until she is bred. It has been proven that as the female cat gets older, there is a significant incidence of breast cancer and uterine infections if she is not spayed. Spaying your cat before she has any heat periods will virtually eliminate the chances of either. If you don’t plan to breed your cat, we recommend that she be spayed before her first heat period. This can be done anytime after she is 5 months old.
- In Female Dogs the heat periods result in about 2-3 weeks of vaginal bleeding. This can be quite annoying if your dog is kept indoors. Male dogs are attracted from blocks away. Female dogs will have a heat period about every 6 months. It has been proven that as the female dog gets older, there is a significant incidence of breast cancer and uterine infections is she has not been spayed. Spaying before she has any heat periods will virtually eliminate the chance of either. If you do not plan on breeding your dog, we recommend that she be spayed before her first heat period. This can be done anytime after 6 months of age.