June 2011 Issue

The Importance of Spaying

The procedure can help prevent health problems for your female cat, and also curb feline overpopulation.

When your lovely new purebred kitten reaches maturity, you may want to breed her, and you may already have a carefully worked-out strategy for doing so. Otherwise, there is no good reason to avoid having your new pet spayed while she’s still in the early months of her life — and there are a number of compelling reasons for doing so. First and foremost among these reasons, says Andrea Looney, DVM, a lecturer in anesthesiology at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals, is that spaying — also called ovariohysterectomy — will help curb rampant feline overpopulation.

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