November 2007 Issue

Prevent Mammary Cancer

Early spaying is the best defense. Neutering by six months of age can reduce the risk of this deadly disease by 90 percent.

If you have your female cat spayed at an early age, you will, of course, be preventing her from experiencing motherhood. Nevertheless, you’d be wise to have her undergo the procedure, since you’ll also be dramatically lessening the chances that she will be afflicted with mammary cancer later in her life (not to mention helping to curb feline overpopulation). Indeed, says Margaret McEntee, DVM, an associate professor of oncology at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, having your cat spayed at six months of age will reduce her chances of getting mammary cancer by about 90 percent.

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