Peggy W. Larson, DVM, MS of
Williston, VT recently made this video in
her spay clinic on how to spay a cat in 5 minutes. A group of spay
veterinarians worked together on Indian Reservations for several years
and perfected this technique. This video would probably be of interest
to veterinarians and perhaps a very well trained tech who could
discuss the technique with her or his vet.
Anesthesia is much
more dangerous for animals or humans than the surgery itself. If you can
shorten the anesthetic time, you can save lives. Shorter anesthetic
time means faster recovery time. A five minute spay does not deplete
the cat. Normally spaying a cat takes between 15 minutes and half an
hour, depending on the experience of the veterinarian.
tissue is touched, varying amounts of inflammation occur. A good
surgeon knows that the best protocol is to "get in and get out". Some
veterinary surgeons claim that a larger incision allows them to look at
the organs in the body cavity. Sort of an "exploratory" during the
spay. Unless the incision was three inches long or longer, the organs
cannot be adequately seen. Obviously, smaller incisions heal faster
because the body does not have to overcome the inflammatory response
caused by excessive handling of the tissues.
Smaller is better. Cats will recover much better with a five minute surgery.
WHY YOU SHOULD SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR CATS AND KITTENS
Your female cat will live a longer, healthier life.
Spaying—the removal of the ovaries and uterus—is a veterinary
procedure performed under general anesthesia that usually requires
minimal hospitalization. Spaying a female cat helps prevent pyometra
(pus-filled uterus) and breast cancer. Treatment of pyometra requires
hospitalization, intravenous fluids and antibiotics. Breast cancer can
be fatal in about 90 percent of female cats. Spaying your pet before
her first heat (as early as 4 months) offers the best protection from
There are major health benefits for your male animal companion, too.
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male cat—the
surgical removal of the testicles—prevents testicular cancer, if done
before six months of age.
Your spayed female won't go into heat.
While cycles can vary greatly, female felines usually go into heat
four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort
to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more
frequently—sometimes all over the house.
Your pet will be much better behaved.
Neutered cats focus their attention on their human families. On the
other hand, unneutered cats may mark their territory by spraying
strong-smelling urine all over the house.
Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the
extra pounds—not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as
you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
Spaying or neutering is highly cost-effective.
The cost of your pet's spay or neuter surgery is a lot less than the
cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of
treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with
neighborhood strays…or the cost of cleaning the carpet that your
unspayed female keeps mistaking for her litter box, or the cost of…well,
you get the idea!
It's good for the community.
Stray animals pose real problems in many parts of the country. They
can prey on wildlife, cause vehicular accidents, harm children and
Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to witness the miracle of birth.
We've heard this one a lot. But you know what? Letting your pet
produce offspring you have no intention of keeping teaches your children
irresponsibility. Anyone who has seen an animal euthanized in a shelter
for lack of a home knows the truth behind this dangerous myth. There
are countless books and videos available to teach your children about
birth in a responsible manner.
It packs a powerful punch in the fight against pet overpopulation.
Millions of cats of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or
suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unwanted,
unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or
Public Safety: Homeless
companion animals get into trash containers, defecate in public areas
or on private lawns, and anger citizens who are insensitive to their
suffering or their needs. Some of these animals scare away or prey upon
wildlife—such as birds—or frighten children and seniors.
Each year communities are forced to spend millions of taxpayer dollars
trying to cope with the consequences of this surplus of companion
animals. These public services include investigating animal cruelty,
humanely picking up stray animals, sheltering, adopting or destroying
lost and homeless animals. It is estimated that for every dollar spent
on spaying and neutering, taxpayers save over $18
Mass sterilization of cats will result in fewer shelter deaths, a safer community and economical use of tax dollars.
Because it is the right thing to do.
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