June 17, 2010

All about spaying your cat

Filed under: cats spray,cats spraying,spaying your cat — Dr. Amber Reed @ 5:25 pm

Spaying a female cat is one of the most fundamental aspects of health care for your cat.  While some pet owners feel spaying is a procedure that simply prevents unwanted pregnancies, it can also prevent mammary and ovarian cancer as well as keeping your cat from going into heat.  A side benefit of spaying your cat is that spayed cats are less likely to urine mark in your home.  This article will describe the procedure and give you a better understanding of what it means to spay your cat.

First of all, let’s understand the procedure itself.  Cat spaying is a procedure wherein the ovaries and uterus are removed, otherwise known as an ovariohysterectomy.  The cervix is tied off so that the vagina ends essentially where the uterus would start.  Some vets choose to leave the uterus but most feel it is beneficial to remove everything.  In most cases, the recovery period for spayed cats is very quick.  Some hospitals will keep the cat overnight after the spaying while others may release them the same day and allow home observation.  Some cats lose their appetite for the first day but this should return quickly.

feline cancerIf your veterinarian has decided to send your cat home on the same day as the spaying, try to keep your cat confined to a small area.  Vets will give you explicit instructions, including when you can reintroduce food and water, and you should never let a spayed cat outside immediately.  You may notice some swelling around the incision site but this usually resolves around 3 or 4 weeks after your cat is spayed.  If you notice fluid drainage or bleeding from the incision you should visit a veterinarian immediately as this is not normal.

Finally, while spaying is not a time sensitive procedure, most cats are spayed around 6 months of age.  Some vets will even spay cats as early as 8 weeks of age.

April 7, 2010

Why Do Cats Spray?

Filed under: cats spray,cats spraying,pheromones,spraying — Dr. Amber Reed @ 10:34 am

Spraying is a natural cat behavior that is used for marking their territory. It is a kind of non-verbal communication between cats that is used to set boundaries. Pheromones are chemicals found in all animal species that can be used to communicate a number of behaviors. In fact, pheromones help cats to attract mates, signal familiarity, and are also an important aspect of spraying behavior.

Most often, male cats spray to mark familiar objects and boundaries between territories. Spraying involves the excretion of a fine mist of urine that includes these pheromones for marking. Many pet owners falsely believe that spraying is a urinary problem when in fact it is a normal behavior. The reason the problem is more pronounced in male cats is because it’s the males who protect their territories but females will spray when they are in heat.

Cats do not spray just to annoy you. This is a learned behavior that has helped them to survive in the wild. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can control the issue of spraying. First of all, have your cat spayed or neutered. Spraying is associated with sex hormones so when cats have been spayed or neutered, they are much less likely to spray. Also, if your cat starts to spray suddenly, you should have her examined by a vet. There are some medical problems that can cause cats to spray. Finally, try to eliminate stress from your cat’s life. There are a number of stressful situations, such as fighting with other cats, separation anxiety, or moving homes that can increase spraying incidents. Always try to reduce stressful situations in your cat’s life.

Most importantly, remember that spraying is normal, natural behavior and you may not be able to eliminate it completely. Clean spots thoroughly and try to evaluate why your cat is spraying. Then make the necessary changes to avoid the behavior in the future.

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