1. Home
Send to a Friend via Email

Spay & Neuter for Cats

All pet cats should be spayed or neutered, and these pages tell you why, when and how to go about having his done, as well as veterinary explanations of what spaying and neutering are, and how they are performed.
  1. Spay/Neuter AND Declaw?
  2. Feral TNR Tutorials
  3. Why Spay and Neuter (7)
  4. Debunking Myths About S&N (8)
  5. Vet Description of Surgery (2)
  6. Resources and Organizations (9)

Cat Sex
One of the most frequently asked questions is "How can I tell the sex of a cat?" The simplest way is a matter of "punctuation," as explained in this article. A bonus is a great video showing a veterinarian with two live cats demonstrating the difference.

Spay and Neuter Your Pet Cats
There are a number of reasons pet cats should be spayed and neutered, including the overpopulation problem in general, and some very serious health problems in cats left whole.

Compelling Arguments for Early Spay & Neuter of Cats
The evidence seems clear that early spay and neuter is not only safe for the youngsters, but that the procedure produces less tissue trauma, is less stressful, provides a shorter recovery period, with a lower risk of complications.

Should a Rescued Pregnant Cat be Spayed ?
One of the most controversial issues is whether or not to spay a rescued pregnant cat. While some people are repulsed at the thought of killing kittens, others believe the question begs a larger issue, that of the overpopulation problem.

Is it possible for spaying a female cat to fail?
A reader asks if it is possible for the spay of a female cat to fail. Read my answer to this spay & neuter FAQ.

Whole: Definition When Applied to the Reproductive Organs of Cats
Definition of 'Whole' Cats: Cats with intact reproductive organs, who are capable of mating and reproducing their species. Whole male cats are referred to as Toms and whole female cats are called Queens.

Sterilization Drugs for Cats
While these drugs are not a viable substitute for spaying owned cats, they might present an alternative to surgical spaying of ferals.

Can an unspayed cat really result in 420,000 cats in seven years?
Researchers debunk the old projection of 420,000 cats in 7 years resulting from one stray cat and her offspring. Read more about the truth and why this myth may be harming the cause of TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return advocates.

How Many Times Could my Cat Become Pregnant in a Year?
A reader asked if her female cat was not spayed, and there was an unneutered male cat in the house, how many times could her cat become pregnant within a year. I took it a bit further.

February is Spay and Neuter Month - You can help too
Celebrate Spay and Neuter month by spaying or neutering at least one dog or cat. You'll save potentially thousands of lives.

Mothers Day for Cats - a new way to celebrate Mothers Day
Cat lovers whose Mothers are no longer here may want to observe Mothers Day in this unique way.

Misty - the One in a Million Cat : Guest Story
To my knowledge, this is the first story written specifically to teach children the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. In my opinion, the way the story was written and illustrated make it a one in a million story, and I hope some day to review it in book form.

Beloved of Bast and The Animals' Savior - by Jim Willis
A sensitive, compassionate story written by Jim Willis, who operated a rescue organization called The Tiergarten Sanctuary, along with a very special extra piece called, "The Animals' Savior," which has become a beacon of strength to shelter workers.

Free Kittuns - an Essay by Jim Willis - from Pieces of my Heart
This sad story reminds us that "free to a good home" is unwise, at best, and that spaying and neutering can save lives as well as heartache.

Discuss in my forum

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.