Health

April 2008 Issue

Pyometra: A Deadly Threat

Spaying your female cat at an early age will virtually eliminate the risk for this disorder. Here's why.

Humane considerations overwhelmingly support the practice of spaying — the surgical removal of a female cat’s ovaries and uterus — when an animal is about six months of age. Perhaps the most compelling argument in favor of this procedure (also known as ovariohysterectomy) is the reduction of feline overpopulation — the birth of unwanted kittens that are either abandoned or relegated to animal shelters and a miserable existence that is often relieved only through euthanasia. One study has found that 85 percent of cats that are dropped off at shelters are eventually destroyed. It is estimated that as many as three to four million unwanted cats and kittens are put to sleep annually in the U.S.

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