An ovariohysterectomy (spay) is the surgical procedure which renders a female cat infertile. There are many benefits to having your female friend spayed. First of all you will be making sure not to contribute to the very serious problem of cat overpopulation. Second, you will be avoiding the very disruptive heat cycles that will often attract intact males (toms) to your house from miles around -- these uninvited guests will be prone to midnight yowling serenades as well as spraying extremely pungent urine on your front step or shrubbery. Third, and most importantly, you will be protecting your friend from such things as pyometra -- which is a serious uterine infection -- and mammary cancer. Research has shown that having your cat spayed before 6 months of age reduces her risk of contracting mammary tumours by 50%.
Spaying involves the surgical removal of the uterus and both ovaries. This can be performed using a variety of anaesthetics and with or without supportive therapies. If you are shopping around for a competitive price on this procedure, be sure to ask about anaesthetic protocols and monitoring devices. Here at the Cat Hospital we provide individualized anaesthetic and pain-management regimens as well as a comprehensive surgical monitoring by a registered veterinary technician.
Please feel free to contact our Hospital if you have any questions regarding our spay procedure.